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Phryné Isn't French

(The Truffault Tales #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Phryné Isn't French is the life story of one woman's journey through the years prior to, during and immediately following World War II.

Phryné Truffaut traveled from Hollywood, California, to Rouen, Normandy and Margate, Kent to discover that the end of her rainbow was still just out of reach.
Paperback, 270 pages
Published November 24th 2017 by Create Space
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Edward Hackemer
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Phryné Isn't French tells of the struggles, heartbreaks, misfortunes and tragedies faced by a fallen flapper from 1925 through 1945. It's a story of lessons learned, perseverance and cautious optimism in a world turned upside down.
"If you dare to dance barefoot you can feel the Earth move, but don’t let him step on your toes."
Sharon Huether
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-novel
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Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edward Hackemer has a talent that shines immensely when he is writing about the life of a young woman whose name is Phryne. His ability to incorporate the descriptions of the time frame from the 20’s and 30’s as well as the correct verbiage for that era is spot on. While Phryne is definitely not french she has learned enough about the French culture through her life and loves. While trying to find a pilot to take her in search of a British pilot whom she helped take care of, she found herself im ...more
Sally Lindsay-briggs
This was a fictional story about Phryne that takes place during the 1930’s through WWll and a bit after. Thank you Edward Hackemer for my signed copy and to Goodreads as well. I found it somewhat interesting with its historical background, the main character’s participation in early American movies, and her loving care with the hiding of an injured English soldier.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars! but I rounded it up! Thank you Mr Hackemer for sending me a review copy. I thought Phryne was flawed beyond redemption by her past but as the story unfolded, she came to see the error in her ways, although much of what happened in her past was beyond her controlled. I only gave it four and a half stars (like Phryne!) because I wanted the story to continue! I hope it does. Are you listening Mr Hackemer?!
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Thank you Mr. Hackemer from Pirkle Woods, Georgia for sending me this book. Phryne is a full blown character with humanity and flaws that I would definitely like to hear more of. The history from the 20's to the 40's is is a perfect back drop and stage setting. Because the writing is so engaging, I might start the Throckmorton Novels. ...more
Kim Bakos
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
It took me awhile to get into this book - even at the halfway point, I wasn't sure I was going to think it was worth reading. The author does a great job at portraying the period of the 30's and 40's by using all the language and settings of that time period, so much so that he puts the words you might not be familiar with at the end of the book.
I haven't read any of the author's any other books, so his writing and the character Phryne were new to me. I wasn't a fan of her values, or more like t
Gina T
Enjoyable story of a young American woman who escapes from the Mafia, ends up in Hollywood as a dancer and then wife of a producer. Her journey then takes her to Paris as the mistress of a French director. She parts ways with him when he becomes a Nazi, only to become the unwilling mistress of a German Nazi. At the end of the war, she goes in search of a wounded British pilot she hid for 5 weeks and is on the verge of finding him and.... I guess I have to read the sequel.

It's a quick read, light
Michelle Staab
📚 Review! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Phryne Isn’t French has the most heartwarming ending. It took me until the end of the book to fall in love with Phryne. I almost stopped a couple times but I’m glad I kept reading. It was slow going at times and there were a couple parts where the author seemed to jump ahead. I felt that the end notes and explanations for phrases that were asterisked were for the most part unnecessary and a little distracting at first. Overall I did enjoy the book!
I just finished reading Phryne isn't French. It was such a wonderful story about Phryne and all of her adventures in Hollywood and Paris and her many loves. She was quite a lady who endured much and became a better person because of it.

Mr. Hackemer is avery talented writer and I have read a lot of his stories before. He never fails with a great story to tell.

Please read this as you will love it as I did.

Received this copy of my book from the author and I am so very grateful.
Melissa B
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with his previous books, Edward Hackemer makes his characters reachable, believable and like "the boy or girl next door." I loved the storyline, his sense of humor, along with his extensive notations at the end filling in the blanks in my historical knowledge and vernacular of that time period. I also like the time contemporary musical notations. Bravo on a job well done, yet again! ...more
Blaire Foote
Jun 20, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an intersting read. I did enjoy it, though it was also not a smooth read for all the flipping i did with the many many footnotes at the back of the book. I was impressed with all the notes and the research that went in to this book was very impressive. Not 5 stars only for it not being a smooth read.
Brenda Knight
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful addition to the Throckmorton series written by Edward R. Hackemer. I've read most of this series and have enjoyed each selection. It is not necessary to read the entire series in order to enjoy these books. Each one can be read and enjoyed as a standalone. ...more
Lynette Murphy
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a book like none ever I had ever read. At first I didn't like it much but the footnotes, the odd stuff at the back of the book were very interesting. Then before I knew it I got caught up in the story line wondering what was going to happen next. ...more
Kathy Church
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is excellent. I enjoyed reading Phryne's story. This book would make a good movie. Phryne is a strong and determined woman surviving all that comes her way. I would like to hear more about her life. Maybe a second book will be forthcoming? ...more
Jo Carol
Aug 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice story, good writing, descriptions almost poetic.
Jan 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been following Phryne's life and was excited to find there was another chapter. Mr Hackemer's prose and descriptiveness just throws me back in time. Looking forward to the next installment! ...more
Debra  Lucas
Phryne might not be French but she is an immensely charming lady. I thoroughly cherished every minute I spent reading PHRYNE ISN'T FRENCH by the amazing Wordsmith Edward R Hackemer.
Our story begins in 1945, when Phryne walks into the Flying Pig Pub in Kent, England, and sits down to have a drink with pub regular, Desmond. She's there to look for a pilot, Morris Sutcliffe, that she nursed back to health in Paris, France. Phryne decides to tell Desmond her story:
It was 1935 and Phryne was living w
Mary Hlavacka
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book because the author does a wonderful job of shaping the main character, Phryne, throughout the book. In the beginning, she is just a stranger in a small town who seems very mysterious and out of place which makes the reader curious to know more about her. As she tells her tale over the course of the book, Phryne definitely begins as a seemingly shallow, self absorbed woman living the glitz and glamour of Hollywood but looking towards the next new shining opportunity. Howe ...more
Judie Dooley
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
was gifted this book from the author and found it very good reading as I did with his other books. It gave an inside look into some of the things that went on during WWII that are not told in history books. The story was well told and kept me up late at night turning pages. The characters and settings were realistic and it was easy to loose yourself in the story line.
I also enjoyed reading the end notes-the words and everything else at the end of the book. Also thank you for including the gr
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Edward R Hackemer lived in Western New York for 55 years before retiring from government service and moving to North Georgia; roughly halfway between Atlanta & North Carolina.
His college education was abbreviated by induction into the US Army in 1968. Ed's civilian employment history runs from paperboy, dishwasher, paper mill laborer, laboratory technician, warehous

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