Saturday, October 29, 2016

False Pretenses


GIVEAWAY

HERMAN, KATHY
FALSE PRETENSES

Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13

Zoe Broussard stands in the shade of the live oak on rue Madeline and surveys her beloved Louisiana hometown. Wrought-iron galleries overhand the sidewalk lined with brightly colored shops, and the smell of coffee wafts from the Cajun eatery she and her husband, Pierce, own, which brings folks 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 miserable -- 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.

My Review:

A multi-faceted story filled to brimming with grace. I love the way the author tells it from the point of views of two couples -- Zoe and Pierce and Vanessa and Ethan. She weaves their diverse stories into the increasingly sinister suspense thread and in the process, creates a riveting tale of compassion and love and ultimately the forgiveness that comes from the grace Jesus offers us. Hair-raising, breath-snatching, I came to a point where I couldn't put the book down and had to finish it in one chilling sweep. So many 'aha' moments by the time I reached the triumphant conclusion.

This is book 1 (2011) in the Secrets of Roux River Bayou and you can bet, I'll be hunting down books 2 and 3! And to Kathy Herman fans -- You'll recognize Vanessa and Ethan from the Sophie Trace Trilogy.  I haven't read those books but there was enough background references that I felt compelled to check the author's website and sure enough I found Vanessa and Ethan's story in The Right Call, which I'll be reading soon as well. LOL

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

Available in ebook format only

One of the down sides of retro reading is that the books aren't always available in print format. I obtained my paperback copy from the church library but discovered that the book is currently only available in ebook format now.

 If you would like an opportunity to win an ebook copy of  False Pretenses please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 23 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

29 comments:

  1. Never heard of this book, author or series but you have my interest piqued! I do love a good suspense :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I've just read one other book by her this year -- a suspense as well -- and I really love her style so now I'm looking for more. Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. I have not read any books by this author either but this sounds like it will be a great series.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. And one of the great things about discovering a new author/series that was published several years ago is that you don't have to wait for the next book to come out. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  3. I also haven't read any of Kathy Herman's books, and would love to start out with this one.

    Have a Wonderful Day!

    dandtdearing {at} earthlink {dot} net

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    1. Excited to introduce you to her, Tammi. Good luck.

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  4. Please don't enter me as I have already read and reviewed this one for the blog! I fell in love with Kathy's books after reading this one and I just loved the scenic bayou backdrop of Louisiana and the Cajun cuisine Kathy Herman so aptly describes!

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    1. Yes, the Louisiana setting really provides the right ambiance, doesn't it? I'm excited to read more by Kathy Herman.

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  5. Fantastic author; fantastic books (I've read them all). I am so ready for her to write a new one!
    Does anyone know when? I had heard #2 in OM trilogy was due in 2015???

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  6. Well, duh....I should have checked Kathy's website....she explains her delays on the site.
    Wonderful lady!

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    1. Yes -- the illness and subsequent death of Kathy's husband put her writing on hold for a while. She is hopeful that her next book will be out sometime next year.

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  7. I haven't read Kathy's books but I sure feel like I have missed something. Thank you, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm just discovering her now myself. Good luck, Melanie.

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  8. I enjoy books and movies set in louisiana. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's such a vivid setting. Good luck, Kim.

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  9. This is a totally new author and series for me. I like that it's the first in the series!
    Dianna

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    1. She's awesome, Dianna...and I've only read two of her books. Good luck!

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  10. New author to me. Yay! karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I haven't read a Kathy Herman book, but I recently picked up a second hand copy of High Stakes and put the rest of the Baxter series on my TBR. The book blurb on High Stakes sounded so good so it's nice to have a respected reviewer giving her other work a thumbs up. I look forward to hearing more reviews of her books. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I don't know how I missed her books for so long since I love suspense and that's what she writes. And I love the way she weaves an inspirational thread into her stories too. Haven't read High Stakes, but I'll add it to my must read retro read list. Good luck, Terrill.

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  12. It seems most of us haven't read any of Kathy's books. I'll have to check out her website too. Thanks for this review and introduction to Kathy's books. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. I know -- isn't that interesting? But we will know! Good luck, Donna.

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  13. Never read any of her books but now I'm intrigued.

    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

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    1. Join the club, Mindy. Good luck!

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  14. I'm not familiar with this author or her books, but after reading your review, I'm definitely intrigued as well. Thanks for the review and introducing me to a new author and series.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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  15. Her books are great. TY for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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