403405: False Pretenses, Secrets of Roux River Bayou Series #1 False Pretenses, Secrets of Roux River Bayou Series #1
By Kathy Herman / David C. Cook

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?

Review Summary: This was a good read. The storyline was solid and the pace of the story moved well.  I enjoyed most of the characters, the only one that bugged me was Ethan Langley who too often wore his “therapist” hat when he should have been wearing his husband and father hat. The one thing that really touched me in this story was Remy Jarvis. The author did an excellent job of making me feel the pain and anguish that should be felt when anyone faces those type of circumstances.

Digging a Little Deeper:  This story deals with several topics, but the main one being ‘honesty is the best policy.’ Zoe Broussard had been running from her difficult and painful past and living a lie for ten years.  When it suddenly starts to fall apart even as she tries to tell lie to cover up another one. This story also deals with prejudices that too many of us live with and don’t even realize it.

This cast of characters all have flaws that normal people can relate to at some level.  Zoe has lived a lie for so long she can almost believe it, yet when her world starts to tumble she finds herself struggling to keep her lies straight. Her husband, Pierce has his own struggles and tends to be judgmental which adds to Zoe’s fears. Their tenants Ethan, Valerie and Carter Langley are new to town and feel that because they’re not Cajun they are being shun by some of the townspeople. Ethan tended to step into “therapist” mode way too often analyzing the actions of others including his wife.  Valerie seemed to be the most problem free person. The regulars of Zoe B’s restaurant were great. They added some fun and some very touching moments to the story.

Recommendations: If you enjoy Colleen Coble  or Terri Blackstock you should enjoy Kathy Herman. Her writing is very good and flows for a quick read. 

Disclaimer:  I would like to thank David C. Cook publication for the opportunity to read and review this book, my only obligation was to give my honest opinion of this book. 

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