False Pretenses, Secrets of Roux River Bayou Series #1   -     By: Kathy Herman
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False Pretenses, Secrets of Roux River Bayou Series #1

David C. Cook / 2011 / Paperback

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Zoe Broussard and her husband enjoy a wonderful life in her Louisiana hometown---and their popular restaurant draws folks from all over. But her little piece of heaven is about to turn into hell. Anonymous notes threaten to reveal secrets that could ruin her business and marriage. Can she find the courage to face her past?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 340
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781403405
ISBN-13: 9780781403405
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Series: Secrets of Roux River Bayou

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Zoe Broussard loves the life she and her husband Pierce have built in her beloved Louisiana hometown—especially their popular brasserie Zoe B’s, 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 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. Can she find the courage to face her past?
            The first in a new series from Kathy Herman, False Pretenses is a gripping suspense novel that leaves a lasting impression about honesty and accountability.



 


Author Bio

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.
 

Autho Bio

Best-selling suspense novelist Kathy Herman has written nineteen novels—including the Sophie Trace series, the Secrets of the Roux River Bayou series, the Seaport Suspense series, and the Phantom Hollow series—since retiring from her family’s Christian bookstore business. She and her husband, Paul, have three grown children and live in Tyler, Texas.

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From bestselling suspense novelist Kathy Herman comes False Pretenses, Book 1 in the Secrets of Roux River Bayou series. The story begins as happily married cafe owner Zoe Broussard suddenly encounters a sinister string of anonymous notes. Zoe's past, which has been carefully hidden beneath a blanket of lies for many years, is now threatening her future. On top of it all, the same person who is out to destroy Zoe is also going after her loved ones.

Herman narrates her story by using an omniscient point of view. Characters are mostly three dimensional, and relationships between husbands and wives are portrayed as strong, healthy partnerships. Though they face much conflict in their relationship, Zoe and her husband Pierce are both strong examples of how trust is a key element in a lasting marriage.

The plot is centered on Zoe Broussard and her struggle to face the repercussions of her past deceit. Zoe, who is living under an assumed identity, becomes prey to a ruthless drug-dealer who insists that she owes him one hundred thousand dollars. When she is unable to meet the dealer’s financial demands, he kidnaps her best friend, Virginia Langley. With danger closing in on all sides, Zoe must face her lies and find a way to rescue her loved ones.

Whereas Zoe has built a life upon a foundation of deceit, she is sincerely burdened by her shameful past but often feels forced to lie. This weak personality trait allows for much growth throughout the story, and by the end of the book it is evident that Zoe is ready to take responsibility for her mistakes. Minor characters don’t display any significant development, but are successful in displaying positive qualities, such as trust, loyalty, and love. Ultimately, all characters’ actions support the words of John 8:32. "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." From first to final chapter, Herman does her best to produce a thriller that contains enough twists and turns to keep readers turning pages. While the author succeeds on some scale, there are instances when the plot feels somewhat tangled and overdone. Character viewpoint contributes to some of the confusion, as the author often writes from four differing perspectives within a single chapter.

Overall, Herman's work is a pleasant thrill that will provide entertainment with light intrigue. This is a good choice for inspirational fiction fans who are looking for just a taste of suspense. – Kari Lynn Travis, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A shameful past, a dangerous lie
    May 30, 2014
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for False Pretenses - eBook.
    "False Pretenses" is a Christian suspense novel. The story is about a woman who is ashamed of her past and so she took a new identity and began a new life. But now someone is threatening to tell about her past, and she's afraid people will reject her when they discover who she was and that she's lied to them. This is the first book in a series. Some characters are apparently from a previous series, and they talk about past events. That vague information might spoil some of the suspense in that previous series, but I don't actually know if it will.

    The suspense is created by relationship tensions and from physical danger. The characters were interesting, varied, and complex. I guessed whodunit and who the blackmailer was long before Zoe caught on, but it was realistic that she wouldn't guess. The story wasn't really about guessing whodunit, anyway. The Christian element was mainly provided by a minor character who was wronged by Zoe. This woman showed Christ's love and encouraged Zoe to be honest with her husband and friends--though Zoe didn't take that advice too well.

    There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this suspenseful novel.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    April 24, 2013
    MrsB
    This review was written for False Pretenses - eBook.
    It was ok, a read that passed the time, not hard to put down
  3. Montreal, Canada
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyed the book
    March 25, 2013
    Anne
    Montreal, Canada
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for False Pretenses - eBook.
    I always enjoy receiving free e-books. The book was interesting, and easy to download to my computer.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Kept Me Guessing
    August 30, 2012
    i blog 4 books
    False Pretenses was a great introduction to Kathy Herman. The suspense was fairly intense, and I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. Plus, the plot moved along quickly, which really kept me flipping the pages. Zoe Broussard was a great main character, and I really enjoyed getting to know her. The author did a great job writing about such a unique and iconic location as New Orleans, but I wasn't crazy about the Cajun dialect. I know the author was using it to give a realistic flair to the dialogue, but if I'm unfamiliar with the words, I don't like having to stop and start to check the glossary. Other than that, though, I really did love the book, and it whet my appetite for the next novel in the series! [4 stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from David C. Cook in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  5. Texas
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    nice story and a good book
    May 31, 2012
    moonmist
    Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for False Pretenses - eBook.
    I enjoyed this book very much! it was a nice story.
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