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Publisher's Summary

In this stirring prequel, New York Times best-selling author Mary Monroe returns to the “cold-blooded yet fascinating” (Publishers Weekly) character from her acclaimed novel The Upper Room. Ruby is a wild youth, with a thirst for boys and booze by the age of 15. When she discovers she’s pregnant, the only person she can confide in is her best friend Othella. But Othella talks Ruby into giving up the child, leaving Ruby emotionally shattered and adamant that Othella is to blame for her loss.

©2011 Mary Monroe (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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Held my interest

This prequel did a good job giving more backstory to the troubled upbringing of Othella and Mama Ruby and came full circle in the final few moments. It had quite a bit of action throughout and really held my interest. In the Upper Room I wasn't sure that I liked the narrarator, but in Mama Ruby I have decided that I have become rather fond of him and his voices. In fact I have started Lost Daughters (the 3rd book in the series) and I find myself really missing him as this new narrator is HORRIBLE as is this sloooooow Lost Daughters storyline. But back to this book, while there were a few inconsistencies from Mama Ruby and Upper Room, all in all the author did a great job tying them in. I am hoping that the big secret revealed in the final moments of Mama Ruby - the one she died without knowing, will tie into the Lost Daughters book and make it worth my while reading.

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  • dee dee J
  • los angeles, ca United States
  • 10-28-11

I am disappointed!!

After reading the first book "The Upper Room" I was very excited when this book came out!!
I was even excited that the same reader Kevin Free was narrator.
While the Upper room was over the top with the story...it included humor and suspense. This book was to tell the story of Ruby from a child to young womanhood. It was way to much sex and violence. Yes, the first book had the same but, the story was better told. This one seemed thrown together and offered no sympathy for the characters.
The reader did the best he could with what he had...

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Very Good Read!

I loved it! had a lot of funny parts, Mama Ruby wasn't the one to play with!

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One of the best

Book was one of the best books I’ve ever read. The series was excellent I read it before in the 80s but reread again and once again I was captivated wish there was more in this saga





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really enjoyed this book

I loved it. The narrator did an awesome job with telling the story. Definitely would recommend this story to my friends and relatives.

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  • Edna
  • Lathrop, CA, United States
  • 03-13-18

Excellent

It was good to know the Mama Ruby's story. The first books were just as good. I now understand Mama Ruby.

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narrator... lol

I loved the narrator! if not for him I don't know if I would have finished.

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Great Book

I enjoyed this book, I just wish it ended differently with more detail. I recommend it.

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Brilliant

I love this book it was a great compliment to Mary Monroe's first book now I'm about to start Lost Daughters and I hope it's just as good.

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Very good read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. However, I would tell them to read this one BEFORE the read The Upper Room. I read both these books years ago, and just revisited this one today. It made a lot of sense to read it 1st

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not surprised. Though since I already read the Upper Room, it seems the book ended abruptly, and more detail could've been added.

Which character – as performed by Kevin R. Free – was your favorite?

The main character, Ruby. I found her funny and witty.

Any additional comments?

It typical Mary Monroe style, the overuse of sniff/sniffed and gasp/gasped is prevalent in this book as well. I really wish she would find different words to use.