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False Pretenses: A Novel (Secrets of Roux River Bayou) Kindle Edition
The second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Pepper Winters's Pure Corruption series. Learn more
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Kathy quickly rose to the rank of bestselling author when her first novel, TESTED BY FIRE, became a CBA bestseller shortly after its release. Since then, eight more of her novels have claimed the title of bestseller: ALL THINGS HIDDEN, THE REAL ENEMY, THE LAST WORD, THE RIGHT CALL,FALSE PRETENSES,DANGEROUS MERCY, RELENTLESS PURSUIT and NOT BY SIGHT.
Her contemporary, fast-paced novels weave inspirational messages into the storyline so effectively that a college professor in Houston utilized her books as required reading to educate students on the value of teaching through fiction. Kathy's books have also been widely used in book club discussion and Bible study groups.
Kathy and her husband Paul live in East Texas and have three grown children, five "nearly perfect" grandchildren, and an adorable cat named Samantha. Her hobbies include photography and bird watching--especially an ongoing fascination with hummingbirds.
Top Customer Reviews
The back cover promises a terrific read; and Herman has written and published numerous novels, so you'd think this would be a "wowser", and yet somehow this particular novel falls a little flat. Perhaps I was expecting too much, or perhaps because this Cajun-flavored storyline doesn't ring true. The problem is definitely the storyline; it doesn't flow well. Something happens--an event--then all the characters must talk about the event for a few pages and even a chapter or two, then another event, and the characters talk about it, and so on. It is studiously plodding, and in the end is completely unbelievable. Frankly, it reads more like a soap opera drama than a suspense or finely crafted mystery.
I grew up in Louisiana; and I spent decades living with, being friends with, conversing with Cajuns. There is no way a person who is born and raised in Texas can suddenly shed the Texas accent, Texas thought process, and Texas loyalty and suddenly change their name and become Cajun... a believable Cajun with a Cajun accent, and mentality. It would be like someone who grew up in Germany, speaking German trying to become a Southern Bell and speak Southern. Can't be done.
The story alternates between two women, Vanessa whose family has just inherited a plantation house and Zoe, who runs a Cajun restaurant with her husband. Both women have bright hopes for the future but things are soon thwarted as an unseen visitor keeps trespassing at the house and Zoe receives notes threatening to tell a secret about her past. Plus a lynching has also occurred stirring up tension and feelings of unease amid the otherwise quiet town. Throughout the book we see why it's a good idea to not go into a marriage lying to your spouse.
While the story for the most part was interesting, I felt that Zoe's secret was revealed far too soon and wasn't as big as I thought it would be. From the summary, it makes it sound like she had a huge secret but when it's finally revealed, my first thought was "oh is that all?" I also found the book a little too Christian-y for my tastes. While more power to them, the constant talk about verses and conversion was rather repetitive and coming on too strong at times. It seemed to overwhelm the suspense part of the story. There were also two minor pet peeves that bugged me a little. One was how Adele kept saying "hon" all the time. I realize that people from the south do this but it's just a term of endearment that annoys me. The other was how during a certain scene, people seemed to be very trusting immediately.Read more ›
But after I figured everything out, it went along smoothly and it was enjoyable to read. I was very annoyed by the main character though, so I just couldn't get into the novel! I've read others by Ms. Herman that I loved, so I was totally surprised that this was such a dud for me.
The plot became interesting AND suspenseful (although not completely believable) as it went along, and turned out to be a good read nonetheless.
Then there is Ethan and Vanessa Langely, close friends of Zoe and her husband Pierce. They have an adorable four year old son who provides some much needed innocence and comic relief to the story. The Langleys are willing to risk their own lives to help Zoe and Pierce. They are there when Zoe and Pierce need them the most.
Then there are the other people in town. Each person has their own little quirk.
This book is definitely a page turner. I hated to put it. The story is full of suspense and keeps you guessing until the very end. In general, I found this book to be well written, with a great lesson, and a satisfying ending.
I do however, have one complaint about this book. I found the Cajun dialect somewhat distracting. Throughout the book, there were phrases or words that I didn't know or understand. So I had to keep flipping to the glossary in the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book! The main character has a secret and her secret backfired on her! Kathy is a great author! I really enjoy her books!Published 22 days ago by Mary
The story had a lot of mystery and action. It had a satisfying ending, and it left me hungry for more - literally! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer Lanam
Lots of suspense. Along with enchanting characters. It has a plot of lies that causes one couple to go to the brink of divorce or a meltdown. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have never read a Kathy Herman book that as disappointed me. She is one of my favorite authors.Published 8 months ago by Faye
I gave five stars. This book was interesting and a mystery, the details were such fun to read about, the food, town, characters. Looking forward to another one !Published 8 months ago by Danielle Arismendez
Great read! Lots of unexpected twists! Love the message that God's grace is greater than all our sin! Get busy reading! You won't regret it!Published 10 months ago by Josh Mize
A great story of life in Louisiana and how we need to rely on Gods grace. There is th delightful ambience of smells and tastes that are fully described by the author, who makes you... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jerome M. Hall
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I usually don't comment on these discussions. I stumbled across this book while looking for free kindle books. After I saw this discussion, I clicked on the about the author page. It clearly states she is a Christian author. That is pretty clear. An author who happens to be Christian is... Read More
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