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Maureen Montgomery still can't believe she was able to break away from her dominating Mama Ruby. Her happy, secure life with her husband Mel is more than Maureen ever dared hope for. And helping her pretty teenage daughter Loretta to achieve her modelling dreams helps Maureen keep her bizarre childhood and disturbing memories firmly behind her....

Title : Lost Daughters
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ISBN : 9780758274724
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Lost Daughters Reviews

  • Zandra
    2019-06-21 08:24

    This third book in the "Mama Ruby" series (The Upper Room, Mama Ruby) focuses on Maureen and her daughter Loretta. After the tragic death of Loretta's twin, Maureen vows to do all she can to provide her surviving daughter with anything her heart desires. This not only created a very spoiled Loretta, it also contributed to her being very disrespectful to her mother and treating her with much contempt. In her eyes, Maureen was countrified and gullible. She loved to brag that she would never end up pitiful like her mother. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that essentially his book is about the devastating consequences of secrets and the pain caused by betrayal. In the end, Loretta ends up with the scornful life she believed her mother would end up living - a housewife sitting on the porch with a cat.This was a tedious and quick read. Maureen and her naiveness made me want to throw this book against the wall more than once. In my opinion, it wasn't as enjoyable as its predecessors. However, I do believe that if you are a big fan of the the other two books in this series, you will more than appreciate this one. Monroe definitely sticks to the formula that he many fans know and love.

  • Cheryl James
    2019-05-30 15:32

    This book was full of so many characters, emotions, story lines but they were all in perspective. What a great story Mary Monroe. A little disturbing to know the things that a teenage daughter will do and say to her mother but sometimes family can be your worst enemies. Mother's pay attention to your daughters around your Boyfriends/Husband's. Some men prey on girls/and women just to get into your lives only to turn it upside down. This story is based on sadness, happiness and true survival. At the end of the day, all that shimmers is not gold. A fiction book that has true meaning in real life. Happy Endings to hard times.

  • Latiffany
    2019-06-17 14:41

    You really have to be a patient person to make it through this book. If you have followed the Mama Ruby series, you know that Virgil has been protecting Mama Ruby's biggest secret for years and this is the book where it all hits the fan.I thought that would be the focus of the book, but actually another secret emerges that quickly pales the secret Virgil is holding. The only issue I have is you have to read nearly 300 pages before either secret is revealed to Maureen. In the meanwhile, dozens of clues are thrown directly in Maureen's path, but she never catches on. I enjoy flawed characters, but Maureen's naiveté is downright ridiculous. Monroe painted her as a gullible woman.Other than that, I enjoyed the story. The characters felt real and the storyline was interesting. I absolutely love how Maureen's friends and family pushed her to marry Mel and then right after start getting on her about how she made a mistake. I've witnessed situations like that and got a bit of a kick out of it. The book is touted as a Mama Ruby novel and even though Mama Ruby's character is dead, her presence is authentically felt throughout the story.I appreciated that because I recently read another book by an author who tried to incorporate a popular character into a story and it felt forced and unrealistic. It felt as if the author didn't even like the character and was using the name to sell book-Yep, I am referring to the sequel to the Coldest Winter Ever. Monroe does an excellent job at incorporating Mama Ruby into this story and the reader can tell that she feels something for the character. I have the feeling that this is it for the Mama Ruby series. Monroe also wrapped up the God don't like...series. Let's hope that she continues writing entertaining stories.

  • Jenavieve Storm
    2019-06-05 12:48

    I was very disappointed. The Upper Room set the bar extremely high, as it is one of the best books I've ever read. This book was over-sexualized regarding the relationship between the daughter and the step father. It was overkill! Overall, it felt like a different person wrote this book.

  • Nikinnia Smith
    2019-06-26 14:45

    This book was sooooooo slow. It just seemed to drag on and on. I really like the first book in this trilogy, but this book just didn't deliver. It picks up after Mama Ruby died. Maureen and her one surviving twin daughter, Loretta have moved to California with Virgil. I really did not like Loretta. She was materialistic, self-centered, manipulative, and disrespectful. Her mother tried to give her everything she ever asked for because Loretta's twin sister died. Loretta ends up betraying her mother in the worst way. I could not believe the lengths she went to. It's just sad. I also could not believe how naive Maureen was. A blind person would've been able to see that betrayal. Overall the book was pretty good. It just took too long getting to the drama.

  • Gentle
    2019-06-26 09:43

    Mary Monroe usually does very well with telling her stories. Lost Daughters moved along a bit too slowly for me. It didn't hold my interest so I had to keep putting it down and picking it back up later. There were some unnecessary additions to the book that I could have done without. I expected it to be a juicier read than what it was. The story was ok.

  • Verlean
    2019-06-26 15:29

    Mary Monroe has done it again! Lost Daughters reveals family secrets as well as family deceit. Mama Ruby still has a hold on her children and has given them the strength needed to get through these trying times. A great read that made me want to jump into the story at times because of the emotions it evoked.

  • Risha1983
    2019-06-06 09:25

    I couldn't put this book's a classic story of betrayal, greed, tragedy, love, and lust, and redemption. You have to read the two other books in the series however to really understand the background of the characters.

  • Emily Moore
    2019-06-08 13:38

    I loved Mary Monroe's previous books, yet this just seemed to drag out. The fact that a mother and daughter were sleeping with the same man (when the daughter was 15) was also a turn-off. Disappointed.

  • Catrina Chappell
    2019-06-15 12:21

    I like this author's writing style and I liked this book but it was too drawn out. It took too long to get to the drama and the climax. Some of the scenes could've been omitted since they really didn't serve purpose, which would've made the book shorter. Overall I thought it was a good story.

  • Kim
    2019-06-05 10:41

    I made it halfway through the book, but just couldn't make it any further.

  • Karla
    2019-06-12 10:29

    I liked the other books in the Mama Ruby series but the story line in this one was too slow for me.

  • Exsquisit
    2019-05-29 08:28

    It was hard for me to keep an interest in this book. It started slow and had a very typical ending.

  • Teaguem2005
    2019-05-28 14:35

    I'd already read this but didn't do book review. Will see if I did review on Amazon

  • Miranda
    2019-05-27 12:24


  • JayBee
    2019-06-15 09:30

    Mary Monroe is an outstanding author and I truly enjoyed the first two Mama Ruby offerings, however I feel Lost Daughters missed the mark.Let's begin with the statutory rape of a fourteen year old child and the blatant affair (if I can call it that) that ensued right under her Mother's watch. This is not only disturbing with regards to literary license, it is also inconceivable. What woman would not be suspicious, when everyone else that encountered Loretta and Mel had concerns regarding their relationship? Loretta's character was over the top with regards to her rudeness, disrespect and vulgarity.Also, any parent, whether their child is 18 or not, would have hunted Mel down like the pedophilic dog that he was, and filed charges. I reside in Florida, the setting for this fictional story, and in the state of Florida, the statute of limitations for Statutory Rape is Three (3) years. Maureen was WELL within the window of opportunity to lock Mel up for a long time and when/if he finally got out, he would be required to register as a sexual offender for the remainder of his days!The story was slow moving and at times boring. The best part was by far the ending, when "Karma" and "Street Justice" were served on a platter!!In the words of Lena Horne "A Lady knows when it is time to leave the party"; So respectfully Ms Monroe, I will continue reading and supporting your work, but please let Mama Ruby gather her hat and coat, and leave the's time, Enough is Enough.

  • Book Bug
    2019-06-14 14:29

    Where do I start? I was a bit disappointed in this last installment of the Mama Ruby series. I was happy to see what happened to the residents of Goons! They survived after the lose of Mama Ruby, but I had a couple of issues... 1. Maureen seemed “dumber” in this book. She made choices in this book that the strong able minded girl in book one would have seen through.2. Why didn’t they tell the whole truth about the night Ruby gave up her baby? In this book, you would think it was her idea from the beginning. Othella and Simone had a huge part in it that the book overlooks. 3. Why did Maureen and Virgil continue to keep secrets from everybody? Isn’t that what got this thing started?4. Loretta......there are no words to explain that! Making her obese in the end was a bit of a let down. It’s almost like her character was forced to submit to the “what goes around....” cliche. 5. I really wanted to know what happened to some of the non essential characters (the policeman, Mama Ruby’s other fiancé, Loomis, Bishop, etc).Overall, I really enjoyed this book!

  • Treasure I. Moore, Author
    2019-06-03 09:39

    Lost my desire to continue on with this one. I thought the suspense surrounding Maureen's life and the overarching African American folklore would keep me engaged, but the storyline involving Mel and Loretta is repulsive and shallow and, might I add, far fetched and stretched. This was my first of Mary Monroe's work and I'm certain I will not pick up another book of hers. She clearly has an imagination and an ability to weave a story, but there's just not much to sink your teeth in on this one. Mama Ruby seems like an evil, despicable woman and I'm sure I could find something more appealing to my liking.

  • Verdina
    2019-06-16 15:29

    Great Book!!!

  • Deborah Letow
    2019-05-31 14:50

    I was looking for a paperback and picked it off the shelf but did not like it very much. I like stories about families but there was to much crazy stuff in this book.

  • Cheryl James
    2019-06-21 07:43

    This book was full of so many characters, emotions, story lines but they were all in perspective. What a great story Mary Monroe. A little disturbing to know the things that a teenage daughter will do and say to her mother but sometimes family can be your worst enemies. Mother's pay attention to your daughters around your boyfriends/husbands. Some men prey on girls/and women just to get into your lives only to turn it upside down. This story is based on sadness, happiness and true survival. At the end of the day, all that shimmers is not gold. A fiction book that has true meaning in real life. Happy endings to hard times.

  • Natasha
    2019-06-19 11:48

    I was really pulled into this story that followed on to tell about Maureen's life with her daughter and also a little of Virgil as well. Loretta was a real piece of work, had me wanting to slap some sense into her. I couldn't believe that Maureen had all that going on around her and not the slightest inkling. You could tell she had her daughter's best interest at heart to go against her own feeling and sacrifice her true happiness. I think there was a little something wrong with her women' intuition though, she should have been able to sniff out the rat, if not at first then definitely over the long period of time it was in her presence. There has to be another installment of the Mama Ruby saga, I'm not ready for it to end and I know there are many points that developed in the story that can most definitely be built upon for another book or two... or three ;-). I'd definitely recommend this story, but make sure you've read the other books related to Mama Ruby first.

  • Teaguem2005
    2019-06-22 11:28

    Niice addition to the series taking it another step in the life of Mama Ruby.Maureen spoiled survivg twin Loretta so much that she became a totally self-absorbed, arrogant, selfish person who thought the world owed her something. Loretta ending up as what she described as someone she abhorred was a delight. It did eventually humble her though so that's a positive (only one she had).Those years in the upper room obviously affected Maureen's capacity for logic and commonsense because she was so easily manipulated by her daughter and Mel and the most gullible woman alive.Even though she wasn't raised by. Ruby, Big Maureen still. had her characteristics. Appreciate the series in it entirety. No right or wrong way to read them because they're not sequel-like. Even if read out of sequence you "get" Mama Ruby

  • Sheryl Boyce
    2019-06-15 13:46

    I thought I would never finish this book!!! I love Mary Monroe and read so many of her books but this one just got on my nerves cause it seemed so long and drawned out. I had to finish reading it cause I loved the first book(Moma Ruby-Upper Room))and I wanted to see how the story was gonna play out. I think it was because the characters didn't move me and I couldn't get excited about them and the things they were doing.I wanted to beat the snot out of Loretta for being so ungrateful and disrespectful and slap the piss out of Maureen for being so slow acting.Nevertheless, I finished it and I'm ready for another book by her. I think you can get another book out of the Moma Ruby legacy but just add a little more spice. LOL

  • Camille-Sherry
    2019-05-26 09:44

    Lost Daughters (Mama Ruby) by Mary Monroe is the third book, of the Mama Ruby series. Mama Rudy secret is revealed and others are created. The focus is on main characters Maureen Montgomery and her daughter Loretta. Maureen will hold nothing back to make her daughter happy; however, Loretta lacks respect. Their relationship is similar to mother/daughter in movie Mildred Pierce. If you seen the movie, you have the dynamics of their relationship. Overall, I am disappointed with this follow-up. I forced myself to finish. It is boring, long, drags and confusing. My favorite part of the book is the ending. The ending was touching. I recommend borrowing!

  • AlTonya
    2019-06-18 08:24

    After reading and highly enjoying the other books in the series, I was so excited to get started with this one. I just didn't enjoy it the way I thought I would. I couldn't root for any of the characters. Maureen was portrayed as such a clueless woman and her daughter Loretta...I won't even start. They irritated me so that I cared less and less about what happened to them as the story went on. The colorful cast of secondary characters did provide some much needed comic relief- some... Mary Monroe is a very talented author and I will continue to read her work- this story just didn't grip me the way I expected it to.

  • Genevieve
    2019-06-11 09:49

    Wow!! What a great read!! Even though I have not read the "Upper Room", I was quickly immersed into this story. We all have skeletons in our closet....this story had multiple! Secrets that one carries to their grave... I believe in the saying "what goes around, comes around" therefore I was very pleased with the ending! This is my first book that I have read by Mary Monroe. I enjoyed this book so much that I have listed her as a favorite author and look forward to reading more of her books soon!

  • Karen
    2019-06-03 14:34

    Lost Daughters by Mary Monroe!!! A book filled with intense drama and very entertaining. Maureen is the daughter of Mama Ruby that was looking for true love. Maureen was a single mom raising her spoiled daughter Loretta….Loretta was a piece of work….spoiled, disrespectful, and materialistic. Loretta had dreams to become a top model. Maureen met a photographer by the name of Mel that would help Loretta reach her goals to become a top model……..A real page-turner…..People need to realize people are not who they seem to be…..background check is a must!!!

  • Nandi Crawford
    2019-06-04 09:35

    I wanted to wring some serious necks starting from the little girl for hurting her mother in such a dispicable way, Mel, for being a trifling dog and encouraging marriage to Maureen to cover up his and Loretta's mess. Maureen, beacuse in spite of all the hints, all the folks speaking up, even getting a man who wanted her and and she upheld that sham of a marriage, she need to wake up and get a hint real bad.

  • Saundra
    2019-06-22 08:31

    I loved this book Mary delivers the story with so much emotion that makes you laugh and sometime want to cry. Maureen daughter Loretta filled me gut wrenching hate at times. But I had to remember she was just child. Now Mel on the other hand should have been shot from the word Go. I couldn't stop turning the pages and when it ended I still wanted more. Mary Monroe words are unstoppable. I love her books and on to the next one I go. Now reading A Family of Lies.