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Her Good Name

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  847 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
Chrissy is having an identity crisis. As a single woman 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 mone ...more
Trade Paperback, 342 pages
Published September 15th 2008 by Deseret Book Company
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Aug 29, 2008 Cindy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Cindy by: Josi Kilpack
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Rebecca Irvine
Jan 08, 2010 Rebecca Irvine rated it really liked it
I was naughty last night. Yesterday I received Josi S. Kilpack's novel Her Good Name in the mail (I had won it on the LDS Women's Book Review Blog) and started reading it. I should have gone to bed at 9 pm to get enough sleep and get up early to get my things done before work. But this book was too good to put down. I read it until 11:15 pm (when I finished). And tonight I will likely be rereading it, although I am extra tired this evening.

Here is the description of the book:

"Chrissy is having a
Jan 01, 2009 Heidi rated it it was ok
Shelves: church, fiction
As an LDS fiction, this is one of the better ones- hence 2 stars instead of 1... I like Josi Kilpack a lot, and I love that she writes about relevant, current topics like modern infertility and identity theft and internet predators. However, this story lost me at the point where the victim of identity theft goes to Southern California (from Idaho) to track down the people who stole her identity. I mean, I understand that it wouldn't have made a very good story if she'd just sat around in Idaho m ...more
Sep 10, 2008 Janice rated it liked it
After reading Lady Audley's Secret, I needed something light and this one was a really fast and easy read. My only complaint is that I wanted more at the end. Did she end up with the guy? Did she adopt that baby? If I knew there was going to be a sequel to this, I would have been more satisfied at the end.
May 24, 2017 Jen rated it liked it
I rated this book a 3.5 star rating. I have read several of Josi Kilpack's books and think that she does a good job with writing books that have good LDS standards without coming across as cheesy in her writing.

I also liked how this book was not just a romance, but had a little more to it. It talked about identity theft and had some deeper issues (such as divorce, abuse and step families) while still managing to throw in some romance.
Mar 23, 2017 Bonnie rated it liked it
A story with a moral. It was a good mystery.
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Jul 24, 2008 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds
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
Mar 20, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
Chrissy Salazar is thirty-five years old, single, and has pretty much decided that all the disastrous blind dates she has been on really haven't been worth the time or the effort. So, when she embarks on yet another blind date set up by the wife of her home teacher, she goes into that experience with low expectations. She is pleasantly surprised, however, to discover that there are still some gems to be uncovered in the world of LDS singles in Idaho Falls. She meets Micah Heet who is a divorced ...more
Michelle Llewellyn
Jul 11, 2015 Michelle Llewellyn rated it liked it
A light and fun read.
The plot is strong enough to hold the reader's interest, but it's a slow moving one. For example, it takes more than a month in the novel's time frame before the two main characters realize what's happened to them and that they need to work together to find answers as victims of identity theft.
The reader is tipped off from the start so it's pretty obvious how it will all wrap up which might bore some readers.
The story is also told from multiple character's points-of-view (th
May 14, 2014 Linnae rated it really liked it
Chrissy's life is going well overall, despite her single status at age 35, and despite more than a few blind dates gone wrong. So when she meets Micah on yet another blind date, she has no idea that her world is about to be turned inside out. Not that they particularly hit it off, although they both sense some potential for good things there, but because that afternoon their ID's are stolen and sold.

As they both deal with changes in family situations, all of a sudden the ramifications of identi
Oct 04, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults, preteen 12+
Shelves: suspense
Her Good Name
By Josi S. Kilpack

Review by Heather Moore

I’m a longtime fan of Josi Kilpack and her books rank among some of my favorite LDS fiction. Her recent suspense novels are just as good as anything written in the national market. Her last book, Sheep’s Clothing won the 2007 Whitney Award for Best Suspense by an LDS writer, and it was well deserved.

So you can imagine the anticipation that I had to read Her Good Name. I was caught up in the story right from the first chapter. Chrissy, a thirt
Nov 02, 2009 Mommywest rated it really liked it
Chrissy Salazar is a feisty convert to the Church who finds herself in a horrible situation when her identity is stolen. With the help of a former blind date (from a date Chrissy would rather forget), Micah Heet, she is determined to find out who did it and make things right.

Another wonderful story that is difficult to put down, and with characters that you really care about or absolutely despise (I know, I keep saying this, but it's true). At times the story seemed a little far-fetched, but, t
Mar 25, 2010 Kristen rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story for the most part but I seriously hesitated reading it after a comment in the beginning. I guess I am a little sensitive when it comes to step-parenting and there was a comment about the kids being "our kids" and the step-parent's role as non-existent which kind of rubbed me wrong. Actually it did more than that and I considered writing the author and giving her a piece of my mind. Instead, I talked to my husband and a couple of days later, picked the book back up and finish ...more
Oct 15, 2008 Dlora rated it liked it
This was another good LDS suspense novel written by Josi Kilpack. The story this time is about identity theft. Chrissy, a 35-year old Latina convert, has her identity and personal identification stolen and sold to a rebel from Guatemala who is involved with drug running, stolen guns, and murder. Trying to prove that she isn't the same person as the one who has racked up massive debt nor has she put a second mortgate on her home nor been arrested for possession is like trying to prove a negative, ...more
Oct 17, 2008 Teri rated it it was amazing
Her Good Name by Josi S. Kilpack

Since identity theft is the number #1 crime in America for the 8th straight year, I was very interested in reading Josi's newest issue book. She has such a knack in really delving into an issue that is very relevant in today's society. Chrissy Salazar meets Micah Heet in a cafe on a blind date, never realizing from that date that Chrissy's identity would be stolen from her. With Micah's help as a loan officer, she is able to get her identity back amidst all the re
Apr 20, 2009 Megan rated it liked it
When her boss's lecherous son takes over the insurance company, Chrissy decides it's time for a career change. She's always been careful with money and figures she can live on her savings while she decides what she wants to do. Suddenly she finds her bank account emptied, her credit destroyed, and a warrant out for her arrest. As Chrissy tries to prove her innocence, she runs into something much bigger than she expected.

This was a real eye opener on identity theft. Fascinating characters, especi
Aug 24, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Intriguing story that teaches you along the way about identity theft. I enjoyed the story and the cute little quirks that Chrissy had. I thought that some of the promtings she recieved were a bit far fetched. I don't believe that we always recieve instant promtings like she had or hear a distinct whispering every time, however she wasn't given direct answers everytime which was a bit more realistic. Although I realize there was surely a purpose to why it was portrayed that way.

I really liked th
Feb 19, 2011 Kelli rated it it was ok
Shelves: lds
The author did a great job portraying the frustration someone must feel when their identity is stolen. However, that is not something I necessarily want to read because I started to feel some of that frustration as well. It was also very slow moving and I found myself skimming over some parts. I do like that she left Chrissy and Micah's relationship kind of open at the end instead of forcing them to say I love you or get married when they had barely known each other. I kind of wish that she woul ...more
Nov 05, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it
Here is another LDS romance/adventure. I would put this more in the adventure category. This one was pretty good, and also gives you good information on what to do if you suspect your identity has been stolen.
It is about a single gal named Chrissy who goes on a blind date with this guy, and they both end up having their identities stolen. They are both kind of hesitant in getting too involved in dating, but while they are working together to get their names and credit cleared they fall in love
Jul 21, 2008 Shanda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pretty much anyone
This was a good story with a good message. The first thing I wanted to do after reading Her Good Name was sign up for a credit monitoring program. Besides helping me realize I'm not as diligent about my credit as I should be, Josi's novel kept me turning pages. At times I wasn't quite sure how I felt about Micah & his relationship with Chrissy- their first date & interactions at times felt unbelievable & awkward to me. I was able to feel for Chrissy's niece & nephews and the situ ...more
Jul 24, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction, lds
Important read, as well as entertaining. Important because it brings more to our awareness a huge and growing social problem. Identity theft is the background for the story, the element that brings the two main characters together. The author did a good job realistically putting together a tale of personal terror, international intrigue, and all, but I was frustrated when it took SO LONG for the police to be involved. Maybe I have too much faith in the system, but it was frustrating.

But it did a
May 08, 2015 Ginny rated it really liked it
Kind of a slow start to this one but it turns out to be a compelling story of identity theft. It creeped me out a bit that someone can do so much damage with just some little bits of key information about a person. Some parts were a little cheesy, but it was very effective at showing the process of how one's life can be dramatically impacted by this. The roadblocks to how one clears their name after this happens were enlightening too. It brought to life how frustrating dealing with this kind of ...more
Jul 17, 2008 Josi rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoyed my other books
This is the story of Chrissy Salazar, a Mexican-American woman whose life, though far from perfect, begins spiraling out of control when someone steals her identity. She finds that when it comes to the debts and crimes committed in her name, she's guilty unless she can prove that she isn't the woman they are looking for. Chrissy is a fun character, with sass and class, and an endless supply of banter. That the other half of a blind date that didn't go anywhere was also a victim of identity theft ...more
Nov 09, 2009 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-fiction
This book is about a woman who has her identity stolen and how she goes through trying to clear her name. It also covers her family relationships or lack there of and how she had a rough date with a guy who ends up helping her with her identity problem.

The story is well written and kept my interest. It didn't have so many of those typical LDS novel cliches, however the last line of the book was very cheesy. Overall I enjoyed the book. It definitely made me stand up and pay attention if I am doi
Allison Urquhart
Jan 13, 2016 Allison Urquhart rated it really liked it
I found this a fun, interesting story that was different from typical romances. There wasn't a ton a that until the end, and even then it almost wasn't a romance. The main character, Chrissy, kind of drove me nuts by the end. She is just SO stubborn and she made some decision that I thought were so stupid. Like chasing down her ID thief by herself with no police. I felt the ending was a little abrupt. But overall, I actually really enjoyed reading the story and seeing how all of the characters s ...more
Jul 26, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing
A great book! I read it in one day on my day-trip up to Idaho! (Sorry Jana...) Another hit from Josi Kilpack! This was a scary tale about identity theft! It was also a wonderful story about holding on to your faith, even through the hardest trials you could go through! Chrissy was such a fun character, and I just loved, loved, LOVED MMmmmmm. Hahaha, I just loved that. These characters that Josi writes about have so much more courage than I do, it's fun to see what situations they get themselves ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Sep 27, 2010 Tressa (Wishful Endings) rated it liked it
Shelves: lds
Chrissy is a faithful LDS single woman who doesn't understand why she isn't where she wants to be in life and then things get worse when her identity is stolen. However, she would have never ended up spending so much time with handsome Micah otherwise. The question is if it will amount to anything more and if she can get her identity back.

I would actually give it a 3.5. I liked most of it, but the ending was a little unrealistic (who is alright with carrying gun parts around in their car and not
Oct 01, 2008 Lacey rated it really liked it
This was a fabulous book. It's main plot is about how Chrisy gets her identity stolen. It is amazing to see just how easy it is for someone to steal your identity. I never realized how fast and how complicated it could be. She spend a large amount of the book defending who she is, when she didn't even commit a crime. There is, of course, a romantic plot in the story. :). Overall a great book, and it really opened my eyes about identity theft. I would highly reccomend this book, one of the best b ...more
May 16, 2012 06trichelleb rated it really liked it
Chrissy's Identity is stolen when she is on a date at a restaraunt and has to leave early to go pick up her neice. She does not know about this until she starts getting letters telling her that she had'nt paid things yet. The person who is using her Identity has a baby at a hospital. Everything goes downhill from there.

I rated it 4 stars becuase is was really fun to read and I really liked how it jumped from one time and place to another.

I would recommend this book to anyone who like suspense an
Nov 10, 2008 Whit rated it really liked it
Couldn't put it down - as ALWAYS with Josi's books. She writes LDS fiction with an edge. Whether it's prescription drug abuse or, as in this book, identity theft, Josi always has an "issue" to discuss. Her writing style is compelling and engaging and I thoroughly enjoy her books. This one does have a couple of rather violent images, but overall I loved it. I look forward to a new book in April. :)

Now, I'm off to shred my mail.
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I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven't stopped. My most recent books have been Historical Romance through the Proper Romance line with Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, and children.
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