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False Pretenses: A Novel (Secrets of Roux River Bayou) by [Herman, Kathy]
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From the Back Cover

Zoe Broussard stands in the shade of the live oak on Main Street and surveys her beloved Louisiana hometown. Wrought-iron galleries overhang the sidewalk lined with brightly colored shops, and the smell of coffee wafts from the brasserie she and her husband Pierce own, to which folks drive all the way from Lafayette for lunch or dinner. It seems like heaven.
            But it’s about to become hell. A series of threatening, anonymous notes is making her life a misery—because Zoe has a secret so terrible it could leave the business in shambles and tear her marriage apart. Terrified by a stranger who seems to know her, Zoe must confront her past before it confronts her. Can she find the courage to do the right thing?

About the Author

Best-selling suspense novelist Kathy Herman has written more than sixteen novels since retiring from her family’s Christian bookstore business. She and her husband, Paul, have three grown children and live in Tyler, Texas. False Pretenses is the first in the Secrets of Roux River Bayou series, set in Louisiana.
 


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  • File Size: 845 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (March 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MTBIU0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Gina Burgess VINE VOICE on March 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
The characters are fairly well developed, and except for two are believable. Kathy Herman has a terrific way of designing scenes where you can hear the dishes clinking, and smell the coffee and bacon or the gumbo and fresh bread. It brought back so many good memories for me. She draws a small town community is a loving way, and it is clear that somewhere along the way Herman has experienced small town. However...

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.
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After a recent trip to Louisiana, I've been a bit obsessed with all things from that state. Therefore I was quite excited that this book was set there and included all sorts of culture from the area. I was quite geeked that I had actually visited one of the cities mentioned in the book as well. This is my first foray into Herman's books and I was looking forward to a good suspense read.

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.
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Right away I was completely lost. The author jumped from one couple to the next (and past events as well with some of the same characters that had a different name!), back and forth, and didn't explain much at all about them so I was so confused. It took me 1/4 of the way through the book to finally get a handle on what was going on. VERY poor writing, in my opinion. It was very floppy and not organized and so it was just so easy to get lost.

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.
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This is a thriller that held my interest throughout. I agree with other reviewers that the scripture was a bit heavy-handed at times, but in no way did it keep me from enjoying the story. I actually enjoy scripture ebign tied back to events in the storyline, otherwise I would not buy books that obvioulsy contain such! At any rate, it is also important to me that I not feed my brain with garbage. so many thrillers come with an unavoidable side dish of sex and language and it really DOES take away from a storyline when I'm constantly having to skip over a five page roll in the hay...and then again in the next chapter...and yet again two chapters later.

I loved the story, the message(s) and the characters! And I wouldn't be the least bit mortified to send it to my mother or my daughter!
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Like others who gave this book a two star review, I did not realize this was Christian literature- I just thought some of the characters were kinda preachy. Then I saw the discussion questions at the end. Really? What is this 9th grade English? The plot was predictable; I figured all of the story lines would tie themselves together eventually. The ending just dragged on and on for four chapters. A lot of the dialogue felt unnatural. The average person doesn't have sexual assault statistics memorized or works the phrase "apprehending the suspect" into everyday conversation. Just because you throw in a few Cajun French phrases and mention gumbo a couple of times doesn't make it a novel that captures the soul of the people of Cajun Country. I wonder if the author has even been to Louisiana.
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