25 April 2011

Book Review by Diana Flowers



Suspense Cajun-Style!


Kathy Herman http://www.kathyherman.com
takes the reader off on a suspenseful page-turner in the first of her series Secrets of Roux River Bayou, False Pretenses!I was immediately drawn to the hometown atmosphere of this Loiusiana bayou setting...colorful shops, cajun cuisine and language, and southern plantations!

Zoe Broussard's life is perfect...her dream of opening a successful cajun eatery has come to fruition, a dream she shares with the love of her life, Pierce Broussard. As her best friends, Vanessa and Ethan Langley, embark on fulfilling their own dream of turning an inherited plantation into a bed-and-breakfast, Zoe's perfect world begins to unravel.

What terrible secrets is Zoe hiding from the past that could destroy her marriage and reputation, and who is sending her frightening, anonymous notes, threatening to expose her? And who is the mysterious stranger that Vanessa and Ethan's four year old son claims to have spoken to in the mansion? Is he the product of a child's overactive imagination or is the Langley mansion actually harboring a ghost? Eventually Zoe's lies put her and all those she loves in terrible danger, and her marriage is put to the ultimate test. A riveting novel of past mistakes, forgiveness, tension and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

My passion is historical fiction, but there is enough southern history packed in this powerful novel, to have successfully turned me into a fan of contempory suspense. At least of Kathy's books anyway! I can't wait for the next one!

*Warning* There is some violence for those of you who are a bit on the squeamish side.


Bio: Diana is an avid reader who prefers historical Christian fiction. She is a regular reviewer on this blog. Diana lives in South Carolina with her husband and is happy to have her extended family nearby.

Giveaway:  Diana is giving away a copy of this book.  Leave a comment by Friday morning, 8:00 EST, for a chance to win.  

40 comments:

  1. Thanks, Diana, for sharing your review with us!

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  2. Sounds fascinating! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love Kathy Herman! So excited for the start of this new series :)

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  4. This sounds positively riveting! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. Can't wait to read it! I've so enjoyed Kathy Herman's books! She's one of my favorite authors!!
    Amy Leek

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  6. Thanks, Heather, Amy, Stella, and Kathy, for stopping by. You will need to come back and check on Friday to see if you won and leave your email address for Diana. Blessings!

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  7. It sounds very interesting. I hope to read it some day.

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  8. Can't wait to find out Zoe's secret! Kathy always keeps me on pins and needles :)

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  9. Got my attention. Sounds like a good book to curl up with and go on an adventure. Please add me to the list. Thank You!

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  10. I've read all of Kathy's books and have been very excited for this new series! She is Excellent.

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  11. Thank you, Carrie, for sharing my review on your blog. It's always such a pleasure to visit here! I just got back from shopping for a wedding dress (nephew's wedding), and am delighted to see all of you here already! Tonya, Zoe has more than one secret, bless her heart, and Debi, this is one book that you can curl up with that definitely will not put you to sleep! I have enjoyed reading all of your comments and can't wait to see who wins!

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  12. Any book by Kathy Herman is great! Please add me to the giveaway. Got the notice on FB.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  13. Hey Marian, what is the weather like over there? Putting together a goody box for you from Laura Frantz's party last week! Welcome Linda!

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  14. Sounds exciting! Thanks for the opportunity to win!! ncmom@att.net

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  15. Hi Carrie,
    The weather is good. It's not as warm as last week anymore, but the sun is still shining. Probably rain on Thursday and Friday and after that sun again :-)
    Looking forward to the goody box! I'm very excited about it!

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  16. That sounds wonderful! Thanks for posting the link on FB, Kathy! Please enter me. Thanks!

    hope_chastain [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  17. Welcome Cathy, Marian, and Hope! Thank you for your comments. Can't wait 'til Friday to see who the winner is!

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  18. Thanks for the review. False Pretenses sounds like a great book for me to read at the beach in June. Kathy is one of my favorite authors.

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  19. Perfect book to take to the beach, Fran! You might want to put plenty of sunscreen on though, because you won't be able to put this one down and it's a thick book. Don't want you to get sunburned.:)

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  20. Just cruising through and wanted to tell you what a delightful blog you have! I look forward to hearing more about your writing ventures and anticipate your story based on the German House in Staunton. (the chicken lady)

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  21. Thank you, Diana for alerting me to this giveaway. Your review is lovely and causes me to want to read this mystery. I too like historical fiction and I'll take your word that this book is filled with wonderful tidbits of history. Thank you Carrie for this giveaway and the opportunity to win it. I hope I win!

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan 10 at tax dot rr dot com

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  22. Dubby and Barb, wonderful to see you both here! Thank you, Barb, I know you will enjoy it! Take it from this historical fiction fanatic, uh, fan, that is.:-)

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  23. My friend is reading the book now too and says it is real good indeed! Who ever the winner will be she's a lucky lady :-)

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  24. This one sounds like a good read. Thanks for entering me.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  25. Stephanie Ashley said...
    I enjoyed reading the review of Kathy Herman's new novel. Each of her books has me on the edge of my seat anticipating the next twist and turn until the very end. I can't wait to sit down with a cup of coffee and dig into "False Pretenses". I hope I win :) stashley@att.net

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  26. Hey Marian and Pegg! Doesn't Diana do a great job? Hot and humid, here, Marian - over 80 and it is before 10 here. Hey, are the tulips up over there?

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  27. Aw, thanks Carrie. Stephanie, it's good to see you here! It is stormy in SC, with heavy rains and tornado warnings (not good). But, sunny and hot tomorrow through the weekend. Yes, Marian, please post some tulip pics on FB when they come up!

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  28. Wow! Can't wait to read this one...I'm with you Diana, I love historical fiction but I also love mysteries and this one sounds like it contains some of both. Hope to win!
    Teresa Mathews
    tsmathews61@gmail.com

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  29. For some strange reason, Teresa, I think you will love the whole southern setting thing Kathy's got going on, too! Just a feeling I have...:-)

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  30. Sounds great!

    goangaz@aol.com

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  31. The tulips are beginning to fade again. They don't like the warmer weather (we had Summer temperatures), so I think they didn't last as long as usually.
    Today we had rain, sun, rain, sun and now rain again.

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  32. Marian, for some reason I thought they bloomed later over there. Our daffodils are done. Tulips get eaten by squirrels or deer in my neighborhood. They should still be blooming further inland, in the mountains. Praying for the people hit by the tornadoes today and yesterday. We had a watch earlier.

    Welcome Joan!

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  33. Tulips bloom in March and April. When the weather isn't too hot they can last till May.

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  34. Rain nonstop in Ohio has taken the blooms off the tulips. But today and tomorrow are supposed to have sunshine. So things will pop!!!!

    Put me in the drawing.

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  35. Dubby, Could not find your profile, come back and give me your email address and thanks for your kind words! Sharon, so good to see you here! Praying for blooms! Marian, my lilacs and roses smell heavenly. I am packing the goody bags today from last weeks party and getting them in the mail. Diana should do a drawing shortly!

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  36. I'm so excited about it :-)
    Of course I'll let you when it arrived!

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  37. Sharon, so good to see you here! I thought about you, believe it or not, when this posted, knowing how you do love a good suspense story. And this is just that! I started to visit your blog yesterday and got sidetracked...going there now!

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  38. Congrats to Amy Leek for winning a copy of Kathy Herman's new book, False Pretenses! Enjoy, Amy! I hope you return here with your email address so I can contact you for your snail mail address. Thanks to all who came over to leave a nice comment; I wish I had a book for each one of you!

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  39. Amy, I'm sure you'll enjoy the book! Congrats :-)

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  40. I loved Jenny's book!
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

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