Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: False Pretenses - 1st in the Secrets of Roux River Bayou series
Author: Kathy Herman
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None to Subtle (hinting and tension)
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal (hinted at)
Kathy's Website/Blog: www.kathyherman.com
Zoe Broussard started her life over and everything she ever dreamed is coming through. No, truthfully, more than she ever dreamed is coming true. She had always wanted to own her own eatery and now Zoe Bís is doing wonderful. To make her world even better, the favored chef is also her husband and as determined to see to the success of the building as she is. She divided her time between her loving husband, her booming business and a dear friend, Vanessa.
That is until the day she finds a note saying I Know What You Did. Initially, Zoe blows that off but when another note comes and another, she begins to wonder just what is going on.
At this same time, her friend Vanessa calls in the police to investigate her new home. She and her husband now own Langley Manor. However, their little boy is saying that he has seen a man in the closet. After enough description from him, they come to believe it.
So between Zoeís notes and Vanessaís "man in the closet" and a local handicapped man being lynched, the Sheriff has his hands full.
I truly enjoyed Kathy Hermanís story revolving around this small town immersed in the Cajun life style. The heroine, Zoe, illustrates how we all have flaws and we need to work through them with honesty. Because trying to hide a secret is what gives power to everything that happens. Pierce, the hero, reacts in a manner that I found absolutely realistic and even a very secure man, found room for growth.
False Pretenses does a really good job of blending action suspense with some snippets of romance sprinkled throughout. The suspense twists and turns and slowly builds until it reaches a fulfilling climax. The secondary characters do a fantastic job of supporting the hero and heroine and yet remaining in the background. The only thing I would have liked to have seen was a bit more on the inspirational side but that is truly a minor request. What is there is truly uplifting and allows the Lord to work with them for that climax.
Kathy Hermanís story of Zoe and Pierce is definitely worth the read.
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