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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Her Good Name...Review

About the book:
Chrissy is having an identity crisis. As a single women and convert to the Church, she has always managed to find her place in life- at least until someone else begins using her credit cards, her bank account, and, most important, her name. Now the real Chrissy must prove her innocence against a growing pile of collection notices and unpaid bills. But with no job, no money, a warrant for her arrest, and a closet full of high-heeled shoes, a girl can only get so far.

When Chrissy meets Micah Heet, the other half of a blind date gone bad, the two discover they are facing the same battle and join forces to find the perpetrators. Little do they know that the small semblance of life they have left will be put on the line in the process.


Chrissy Salazar has a good life: she is active in her church and adores her niece and nephews. It's not perfect: she's 35 and still single, her sister drives her nuts, and she's facing yet another blind date.

However, when her identity is stolen, her life really spirals out of control. Suddenly, she has no job, no money, no credit and an arrest warrant. Micah, her blind date, has his identity stolen as well and the two embark on an attempt to clear their names. What happens next is nothing short of adventure.

I loved this book. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. Chrissy has a great voice. She's smart and a little snarky and when faced with the reality that her name is on every creditor's hit list, she faces her fears and goes after the perpetrators. Her interactions with Micah are realistic. Her love for her family comes through, especially when her sister's choices affect her beloved niece and nephews. Micah, a single dad struggling with his ex-wife's issues, fights his attraction to Chrissy because he doesn't want to upset what little stability his kids have.

Josi has done her research when it comes to identity theft and I found myself getting angry at the perpetrator who simply disregarded Chrissy as a person. I found myself angry at the police who wouldn't help her at first. Chrissy's fear is palpable, especially as she finds herself doubted by the police officers she asks for help. Josi has also done a great job of balancing the story with Chrissy's Mormon faith. Her Christianity is simply a part of who she is: the story isn't preachy or full of doctrine. I do wish there was more closure to the situation: I think the cashier who stole her information should have been arrested, especially after Chrissy and Micah figure out who did it.

A fun story, with a definite element of adventure, but also a warning to be aware of your credit and your finances. information on identity theft awareness is included at the end of the book.

Definitely recommended.

I read my own personal copy, but you can purchase your own here.

Read 8/08

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4/5 Stars

2 comments:

Leah said...

I would never have guessed that this books cover concealed such a story. I am glad I read your review as I probably would not have picked it up. I know we shouldn't judge books by covers but it is what draws us to pick them up and read the blurb on the back. I am as guilty as anyone although I love enjoying books that I probably would not have considered. I will look out for this one.

Marcia Mickelson said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this book. I'm glad to know you enjoyed it.