- Paperback: 362 pages
- Publisher: Gemini Jazz (June 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615740693
- ISBN-13: 978-0615740690
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,460,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Frenchman Paperback – June 12, 2013
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About the Author
The Frenchman, Barbara’s first novel, was born onboard their sailing vessel Offbeat in February, 2009 when they were stuck by the weather in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, Bahamas. She woke from a dream of the first scene, got up and wrote it down, and in several months, it was a book. Love of music and nature have defined Barbara’s life and driven a wanderlust that led her from Bering Sea to the high plains savanna of central Africa, to six years in Hiroshima, Japan. Exhausted from all the jet lag, she finally settled in Gloucester, MA with her jazz drummer and sailor husband, Al Boudreau. Together, they make music on a regular basis with their jazz band. By day, she works as an Interpretive Coordinator for Mass State Parks and is a Certified Interpretive Guide. She has a B.S. in Fish and Wildlife and an M.S. in Natural Resources and has published articles about conservation, interpretation and sailing.
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The storyline of this novel captured me. It’s refreshing to come across a book that isn’t written in the same cookie cutter formula of every other romance book out there. The characters were by and large believable, although Lilly’s mom was a bit over the top. I found the action slow at times, but this didn’t detract much from my reading pleasure. I enjoyed the mystery element of the novel. The detective’s character was authentic. Although the reader was aware of the crime, it was interesting reading about the detective’s investigation and how his pursuit of Lilly progressed.
There were a few small things that bothered me about The Frenchman. The chapter titles annoyed me. They were too telling of what was going to happen, which is not a good thing in a mystery/suspense novel. There were also several stereotypes about the French, which made it painfully obvious that the author was not well-acquainted with the French.
I recommend this novel to romance lovers looking for a romance with a twist.