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Chenoire (A Short Story) [Kindle Edition]

Susannah Sandlin
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Book Description

When Faith Garrity’s twin sister died, she lost a part of herself. Unable to move past the pain, the once-driven ornithologist is at risk of losing her career as well. To save her job, she heads to the oil-ravaged wetlands of Louisiana. There, in the bayou community of Chenoire, she encounters the handsome but guarded Zackary Préjean, still suffering from a great loss of his own.

She’s drawn to Zack, but soon finds that the Préjean family isn’t what it seems… They have dangerous secrets—and deadly enemies. Caught up in a feud that threatens the area’s uneasy truce, Faith and Zack must learn to trust each other. Survival will require enormous sacrifice, but it just might also give them both a way to move on.

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About the Author

Susannah Sandlin is a native of Winfield, Alabama, and has worked as a writer and editor in educational publishing in Alabama, Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana. She currently lives in Auburn, Alabama, with two rescue dogs named after professional wrestlers (it was a phase). She has a no-longer-secret passion for Cajun and French-Canadian music and reality TV, and is on the hunt for a long-haul ice-road trucker who also saves nuisance gators. Susannah is also the author of the award-winning Penton Vampire Legacy paranormal romance series: Redemption, Absolution, and Omega, and the spin-off paranormal romance, Storm Force.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1723 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: StoryFront (18 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars a trips down imagination road review 6 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of Chenoire in exchange for my review.

After the death of her twin sister, Faith has only a short space of time to get her career back on track, and to do that she travels to Louisiana to study the effect that an oil slick has had on the birds living there. When she arrives, she finds that all the hire boats have gone, and that she has to travel to the elusive Chenoire to find Luce, and to try to convince him to rent her a boat. Instead she meets Zack, who at first comes across as stand offish, but his attraction towards her begins to soften him. But it takes until Faith is threatened for him to reveal the secret that makes him so guarded.

I was surprised at how rich in detail Chenoire was for a novella. Though the relationship between Faith and Zack did seem to zoom by in no time. I suppose that could be related to the idea that people bond during and after a threatening and dangerous situation though.

A concept that seemed to be explored a lot in Chenoire was how grief affected the characters. Mainly on the guilt of surviving and being left behind by their loved ones.

The shifter concept was pretty standard as far as they come, though I can't say that I have ever read a book about water shifters before, and that was interesting to say the least.

I'm loath to say anything more as I don't want to ruin Chenoire for anyone else that wants to read! I did however think that there could easily have been more depth in the story, particularly the history and the mythology of the shifters. But this was a good, and enjoyable bite sized read!

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea 22 Feb. 2014
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Poor,weak and thin story line. A book too far for the author. Not even funny. I will not read another
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! 8 May 2014
By Maghon Thomas - Published on
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And another wonderful story by Ms Sandlin! Yes I know it's a short story, but even her short stories have a way of making you love the characters, get caught up in their lives, and root for their HEA!! Before I get really into it, I have two questions... Is Zack's family related to Rene's- you know from the "other series"? And if so, I bet they are but, could you find room for one of those HAWT pieces for me? I don't live too far ya know!! Lol ok now for the big talk. This story got me because it's sweet and fun but it's also about living with the death of a loved one and learning to actually live. Damned if I didn't tear up twice!

So after a tragedy, Faith is literally trying to salvage both her career and her life. She's using the last little bit of money to try to study some of the birds affected by an oil spill- yes I live here and can attest to it's aftermath- and she somehow finds herself down in the BFE's- let's say that's Cajun talk for middle of nowhere and it's unabbreviated term is inappropriate lol! She lands herself in Zack Prejean's yard begging for a rental boat and a guide. Let's just say she has no idea how much her life will change because of this. Though Faith is struggling to regain her normalcy, you can tell she is goal oriented, cares about her career and the wildlife it contains, and is sweet and easy going. You will also learn she's strong, brave, loyal, and can handle a gun lol I like her a lot! I hope we get to see more of her one day!

Zack, well, he may be a HAWT piece but he's got a chip on his shoulder. He may be back home to help his father but he doesn't want to be there and he's making sure everyone knows about it. He's so rude to Faith partly because of this chip and partly because he's attracted to her. His rudeness is also halted by Faith who also won't be bullied. Giggle! Zack is family oriented, he's definitely a hard worker, and when he believes in something, he'll go above and beyond to prove it! Maybe he has a HAWT cousin for me :)

there's also some very interesting side characters, a really great little plot twist, and a wonderful lesson that sometimes love really is enough!! Ooooh and there's a new little twist on the supernatural elements in here and I LOVE THEM!!! I want some more :) gimme gimme! Also, I just happen to obsessively love this author and her mad ninja writing skills! She'll make you forget you're reading a short story and transport you to a place not to far from me and my hometown... Yes I can talk to you about eating gator and shrimping lol!! So with that, I won't spoil the surprise and I'll keep it simple with a WONDERFULLY ROMANTIC 5 WOLF PAWS, cuz I don't wanna tell you what is really clawing it's way around :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, sweet but still exciting! 29 Mar. 2014
By Barbarina - Published on
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Short and sweet is not always five star for me however this is by a great author who manages to pack a lot very well indeed. Fish and alligator shifters and some bayou magic makes this more than worthwhile. A good read!
4.0 out of 5 stars a SEXY AND SHORT BAYOU ROMANCE 25 Feb. 2014
By Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded) - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Chenoire by Susannah Sandlin is short story that takes place out in Louisiana bayou. You can check out the authors inspiration story HERE - you don’t want to miss this guest post!

I didn’t really think too much about what this book was about before I dove into it. What I got was a brilliant surprise! Sandlin submerges us with the sounds, smells, and tastes of true bayou feel. She sprinkles in some paranormal and romance making it a great short story. The characters were well defined in the short amount of time and I felt the story was complete, although I certainly could have continued reading about this world Sandlin created.

If you are looking for a short story to break you out of the cold weather funk – you will not be disappointed with Chenoire!

I rate Chenoire 4 out of 5 Bullets I received this title via the author through a tour company for the purpose of providing an honest review!
4.0 out of 5 stars Chenoire 21 Feb. 2014
By Aurian - Published on
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A short story from an author whose work I admire, is of course autobuy for me. I liked this one a lot and would certainly not mind to read more about this wonderful bayou world Susannah Sandlin has created.

This is a really sweet story, where a woman goes out into the swamp to study birds affected by the oil spill, and a man who is more than human. A man who distrusts city woman for they can only be trouble, and a woman who is trying to safe her career after grieving too much over her lost twin. There is danger, there is discovery, but it really is about two lost and grieving people finding each other. No it is not insta lust or insta love in just one day, but they will see what will happen next. And I am really happy with that solution.

If you are looking for a fast and original paranormal story, you can’t go wrong with Chenoire. I recommend it. Susannah Sandlin has a way with words, and she paints the Louisiana bayou very vividly, I can see it in front of me. And being Dutch, there is no such a thing in my country that I can compare it to.

8 stars.

© 2014 Reviews by Aurian </p>
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, sweet 26 Jan. 2014
By Randy S - Published on
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I enjoy everything this author has written. This plot seems closer to her Sentinals of New Orleans series as Suzanne Johnson. She has the ability to write a moving, interesting short story, a format I rarely read but she is so much fun I read all her work. Enjoy!
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