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After years covering murders, disasters, and tragedy for Los Angeles TV news, Kate Bradley knows that violence and cruelty are everywhere and that good is hard to find. When she is assigned to cover a story about ten people who have each found $100,000 in cash on their front porch, Kate is intrigued by the anonymous Good Samaritan, dubbed Good Sam, who is behind it all. AAfter years covering murders, disasters, and tragedy for Los Angeles TV news, Kate Bradley knows that violence and cruelty are everywhere and that good is hard to find. When she is assigned to cover a story about ten people who have each found $100,000 in cash on their front porch, Kate is intrigued by the anonymous Good Samaritan, dubbed Good Sam, who is behind it all. As interest in the extraordinary gifts sweeps across the country, Kate finds the elusive Good Sam and her exclusive interview with him thrusts her into the national spotlight. Even as his message captivates viewers and wins ratings, Kate suspects he may not be all he claims to be and that the real Good Sam is still out there. Searching for answers, Kate unravels the powerful and unexpected reason behind the mysterious cash gifts. The true identity of Good Sam be¬comes the biggest surprise story of her career, turning her personal and pro¬fessional life upside down....

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ISBN : 9780615966342
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Good Sam Reviews

  • Sarah Joint
    2019-04-09 10:03

    Some elements of a mystery, some of a romance. This book features a main character that somehow manages to be naive and cynical at the same time. I did find the storyline of Good Sam very interesting, but the romance was just too much, too quickly for me. I guess I'm just not a romance kind of girl! This would be a good book to bring along on the beach. Relatively short and easy to digest, it should be a light enjoyable read that many will be able to finish in one sitting. Kate is used to covering the "bummer beat" for her station. She's who you see on TV when disaster strikes. It's what she's good at. When her boss lobs more of a feel good story her way, she's dismayed. She doesn't think this is the kind of story that'll lead. She can't deny that she finds it intriguing though... local residents have found bags of 100,000 dollars on their porch. Gifted anonymously, no one has any ideas where they came from or why. As more lives are changed for the better, the story explodes. The person dubbed "Good Sam" is famous without anyone knowing who he is! As expected, some people are eager to claim that the money came from them. They're all disproved, random people looking for praise and attention... until someone who actually has the means to gift large amounts of money comes forward. He even has proof.As for the romance... there's a couple of contenders for Kate's heart. She wrote off her ex months ago, but she's starting to look at him in a new light... which throws a wrench in her promising new flirtation with a handsome firefighter. Neither will stop her from pursuing this story. I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Lake Union Publishing, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.

  • Siv30
    2019-04-20 10:49

    סיפור שיש בו חלקים נוגעים ללב וחלקים של תעלומה (לא כזו שתאתגר לכם את המח)קיית, עיתונאית שמדווחת בד"כ על אסונות, מקבלת משימה לסקר אירוע שבו אישה מקבלת 100 אלף דולר במתנה. האישה, מעלה את הסברה שמדובר בשומרוני הטוב שתרם את הכסף ולכן היא מכנה אותו good sam. ואז מתגלה שעוד אנשים קיבלו 100 אלף דולר באותה הצורה. למעשה 10 אנשים מקבלים 100 אלף דולר בתיק קנווס שעליו מצויירת הסיפרה 8.קיית נסחפת בחקירה העיתונאית, שמובילה אותה לארוסה לשעבר ג'ק, שאותו עזבה במסיבת האירוסין. ובכיוון אחר לאריק, עובד שירותי ההצלה. קיית נקרעת בין רצונה לחשוף את סם הטוב, הקריירה העיתונאית שלה, משיכתה לג'ק שעושה לה מניפולציות רגשיות ומנצל אותה ובין החברות החדשה שהיא מוצאת עם אריק.יש רגעים מאוד יפים בספר בעיקר בסיפור של אריק. ישנם רגעים מעצבנים ברמות קשות בכל הקשור לסיפור של ג'ק.ובכל זאת, הספר יכל להיות הרבה יותר. יש בו את כל המרכיבים להיות חזק כי הוא עוסק בעיתונאות חוקרת ובהשפעה של העיתונות על דעת הקהל. הוא עוסק ברצון האנושי הפשוט לשמוע על אנשים טובים שעושים מעשים טובים ממניעים כנים ונקיים. הוא עוסק במצבם של האנשים הקטנים בארץ האפשרויות הבלתי מוגבלות (לעשירים בפרט, פחות לאלו שאין להם כסף או אפשרות לרכוש השכלה) והוא מספר סיפור אנושי מקומי וטראגי. למרות כל אלה, הוא אומנם מאוד קריא וקולח אבל הוא לא מצליח לעשות את הקפיצה ולהיות משהו מעבר.

  • Bj Gaskill
    2019-04-12 04:55

    What can I say....It was very interesting! With the whole Hidden Cash thing going on right now across the world this whole story just became so REAL. However, that begs the question that our character Kate had to it for attention???As the story goes, someone is leaving a huge sum of money on the door steps of people around the city and news reporter, Kate Bradley, is assigned the job of finding out not only why, but who. A job she not only doesn't want in the beginning, but as the story progresses, a job that changes her life forever!Who would leave money on a front porch???Kate I have to say is a hard character to like. I wanna like her, but then I wanna smack her upside the head. She's a love/hate kind of love to hate her. She does some really stupid things. Lucky for her someone was there to save her from her stupidity, but still. Eric Hayes.....Oh how I love our man in uniform!!!! He is like the wounded puppy of this story. Blames himself for his brother's death and only wants to do good in the world. Its such a sweet little love story that he fell for Kate....I so loved that he was there in the river :)Then you have the Devil himself, Jack Hansen. He is just a work of art. Totally in it for himself. Everything thing he does is for himself. He has everyone, including Kate fooled. Anything to get you name out there. URGH!!!!With all the things happening Kate knows things aren't adding up roses and she smells a rat.....JACK!!!!After some digging......she finds the truth, but what she can run and what she can't will surprise you!The story runs on the News and even the Network picks it up. I don't wanna give away how it ends and it does...well kinda. Kate may have found what she needed but the story goes on. I would recommend this book to anyone!

  • Kathy Porter
    2019-04-18 07:48

    A Wonderful "Comfort Read"You've heard of comfort food. Dete Meserve has created a "comfort read". "Good Sam" is a book that soothes the soul, with mystery, intrigue, and romance.The heroin reminds us that we are assaulted daily by news featuring mans inhumanity towards man. As a reporter she thrives on this sort of feature story. When assigned a story she thinks is too fluffy she tries to reject it. But the story draws her in and we discover, along with her, that this story though the complete opposite of her usual feature, certainly isn't fluff. She becomes nearly obsessively intrigued as she investigates the mystery of mans humanity towards fellow man. I found it a refreshing; touching look at the heart of our society and it was enjoyable to hear about the kindness of others. This book gave me comfort and joy—knowing people are inherently good—by nature. We just have to have our hearts open to find it.I love this book!

  • Patty
    2019-04-19 04:11

    This book was a quick read but not a good one. Describing this book as a mystery is insulting to good mysteries. Calling it a romance makes me feel sad for people who think it is, there is no excitement between the characters at all. While I wasn't looking for 50 shades of gray in the characters' chemistry, theirs could be described as 1 shade of pale pink...or maybe just taupe.

  • Camille Maio
    2019-04-05 06:13

    What a gem! I read this book in one sitting, after having just finished a very hefty one. GOOD SAM had a charming storyline, a handsome love interest, and a very unique premise - who doesn't love the idea of a mystery that tries to discover who has done something good - instead of something awful? Loved it so much that I downloaded the sequel as soon as I was done.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-05 02:55

    I liked this book. I really did, but I just didn't love it. I love a story that has good versus evil and this story definitely did. I think that I really wanted it to be more about the good sam and the good works than about the love story. Okay, so needless to say, I loved part of the story. The love story portion was far to predictable to me. I had it figured out right away. Characters were good, half of the plot was great, the other so-so. I just wanted more, a less obvious storyline. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  • Darlene Quinn
    2019-04-20 03:53

    I had the privilege of reading Good Sam as an advanced reader a few months before it was released and was captivated by the strong characters and fast pace, Therefore, when I heard that the audio version had been released, I downloaded it and was able to once again enjoy this feel good story. Dete Meserve did Good Sam justice by selecting a top notch narrator who captures the voice I imagined for her protagonist, reporter, Kate Bradley. Whether you have read Good Sam or not I highly recommend the audio version. Also, if you have not yet discovered the value of becoming an audio book reader, you are missing out on a number of wonderful stories and storytellers. While I still prefer to hold a book in my hand, there are not enough hours in the day for me to experience the works of as many new and seasoned storytelling as I'd like. However, audio books allow me to enjoy the stories of many fabulous authors while I am walking, driving, or performing the myriad of mindless tasks that take place throughout the day.If you love romance and mysteries and are looking for a uplifting book, Good Sam is a great choice.

  • Loretta
    2019-04-06 05:03

    A enthralling story about goodness! Who is this person who is giving people $100,000 anonymously? Kate Bradley is a TV reporter and is used to getting the Bummer Beat news stories...fires, floods, beatings, gang activity. But her assignment boss gives her this goody two-shoes story. And her life changes. The Good Sam story takes off. She meets Eric Hayes, a fearless fire fighter, and her ex-fiance comes back into her life. Again, who is this person who gives so much money away????

  • Ann Kyle
    2019-04-09 10:51

    The plot of this book - a Good Samaritan who gives away hundreds of thousands of dollars to seemingly random people and the effect uncovering the truth has on a young reporter seemed like it would make an intriguing book. However, the writing and character development lacked depth. Luckily, it's a quick read. After making it halfway, I decided to bite the bullet and finish the book. The second half was better, but not by much.

  • Lisa Wainland
    2019-03-25 04:13

    Gripping story, reads like a movie Good Sam drew me in from the first page and I could not put it down. Dete Meserve weaves a tale filled with twists and turns that keep you guessing. Wonderfully descriptive with fascinating behind the scenes details of a TV news station, Good Sam blurs the line between personal and professional in the search for the truth. An uplifting page turner that reminds us to look for the good in the world, and ourselves.

  • Amy Hickman
    2019-04-25 06:46

    This book had a lot of twists and turns that kept me hooked right from page one.

  • Shalini
    2019-04-20 06:55

    This was an easy at a go kind of a read. Storyline was definitely different, giving an altruistic slant to the read with a dash of mystery and investigation. The entire story is ideally about finding out the identity of 'Good Sam,' the Good Samaritan There are few niggles; the romance felt a bit off and I didn't care too much about the characters or writing. Overall, an okay read..

  • Natalie
    2019-04-10 09:06

    I remember now why I don't like romance books, and this is definitely romance. Whomever classified this as a mystery was off the mark, though there is a bit of a mystery in this piece. (Who is Good Sam?)

  • Arlene Hayman
    2019-04-19 10:48

    Having received Dete Meserve’s novel ‘Good Sam’ as a Library Thing Giveaway novel, I was intrigued by the idea of a Good Samaritan in LA giving away $100,000 to seemingly random individuals. Kate Bradley, a news reporter for Channel Eleven, discovers the Good Sam and the reason for the cash gifts. As she tracks down the elusive Good Sam, Kate also finds resolution to her own fears of trusting another, overcoming a phobia, and realizing true love. Although this story seems a bit contrived, I was touched by the integrity and the valiant acts of heroism demonstrated by Eric Hayes, captain of the fire department search and rescue team. Typically I’d give a story such as this one three stars, but because it was heartfelt and generated a few tears as I read it, I thought that it deserved the four star designation.However, before this book is released for final publication, it needs a thorough edit, as there were a few grammatical errors in the text.

  • Darlene Quinn
    2019-04-03 04:00

    Good Sam: Dete Meserve's debut novel has is all:While first intrigued by the story behind the story, I was delighted with the depth and pacing of this novel, which is focused on good rather than evil. Good Sam is an intriguing mystery filled with enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages into the wee hours of the morning. I stopping reading only when my eyes refused to remain focused. Kate Bradley, Meserve’s savvy, driven local TV news reporter is compellingly real, facing real life issues. The author is obviously well-grounded in the world in which her characters live. Good Sam gives the reader an insider’s perspective of what goes on behind the scenes of TV news and the ways the media can influence our thoughts and feelings about the world around us. However, since the world we live in is not all good, Meserve gives a slice of betrayal to spice up the story and keep us guessing. But wait, it’s not all mystery, Meserve also delivers romance with plenty of heart.

  • Myrna
    2019-04-25 06:46

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is Dete Meserve's first book. I really enjoyed it. In this story, Kate Bradley is a reporter who covers murders, disasters, and tragedy in the Los Angeles area. Kate knows that violence is everywhere but then she is assigned to cover a story about 10 people who have found $100,000 by their front door. Kate dubs the giver as The Good Samaritan, or Good Sam. The story that unfolds includes family, love, liars, and loss. It is all sensitively and tastefully woven together as Kate tries to unravel the Good Sam story. I like the easy writing style and the light mystery. This book is not complex but it catches the reader from the first page. I look forward to the next book by Dete Meserve.

  • Hayley Rose
    2019-04-19 05:48

    Paying it forward…A MUST READ!I absolutely LOVED this book with its well rounded, believable characters in realistic situations, I felt like I was back in Los Angeles. This story has it all. Plenty of mystery and romance, heroism and deceit, love and loss, but all with a touch of humor. Set around a news reporter assigned to a feel good story, instead of her usual tragedy and crime beat, and her quest to find the truth about the “Good Sam” who’s giving away a total of $1,000,000.00 to local residents. She is determined to get behind appearances in pursuit of the truth but finds herself caught up in the middle along the way. With subtle messages of trusting your instincts and facing your fears, this book is a real winner!

  • Debrah Neal
    2019-04-17 04:15

    Used to mostly seeing the "dark" side of life, LA TV reporter, Kate Bradley's "news hound" instincts kick into high gear when a mystery person leaves a $100,000 cash in a bag on the doorstep of a person who desperately needs it.New author Dete Meserve has given us a good Samaritan theme that doesn't just touch us emotionally, but equally entertains us with intrigue, mystery, a budding romance (who doesn't love a polite, handsome, hero fireman?), and a "snake-charmer" of an ex flame, who's best left ex!Reporter Kate Bradley is smart, spunky, tough, but pure female! I'd love to see her in another book! Is there a Good Sam sequel coming?

  • Erica
    2019-04-07 05:07

    I wasn't that tired last night (and the book was good), so I stayed up late to finish it. I really enjoyed it. This book is a great mix of romance, mystery, and is a light read, but not to the point where you feel your brain turning to mush. There's a bit of a point to it, which is fun. I also really enjoyed the conversational writing style. When I got it, it was through a recommendation from BookBub (a website which informs you of bargain Kindle books), and it was $2.99 on Amazon. For $2.99, snatch this up, and read it on your Kindle!

  • Sheila J. Martin
    2019-04-18 04:51

    What a great story!It's 6 a. m. I just finished Good Sam. It was too good to put down so I'm just now going to go to bed. It was worth losing sleep over. The writing was superb and this word nerd/grammar Nazi was impressed with the editing as well. I fell in love with Kate and Eric and booed at the greedy and manipulative Jack. I'm going to find everything else I can from this author!

  • Z
    2019-04-11 06:01

    If you like Nicholas Sparks books, then you will definitely enjoy Good Sam. It has the same emotional touchpoints of a Sparks book yet with a compelling mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. I fell in love with Eric Hayes and was completely absorbed in Kate Bradley's journey to find good in the world. Definitely recommend.

  • George W Carey
    2019-04-10 08:01

    Honesty triumphs over deceit in Good Sam If you like romance mixed in with a mystery the Good Sam will surely be a must read.. A TV reporter seeks the truth even at the risk of losing her career and the possibly someone she loves. Some of our TV newscasters today could use the lesson that the viewing audience expects and deserves the truth in the stories reported,

  • Lisa Beauchene
    2019-04-03 08:02

    Great read!A wonderful story about honesty, hope, love, healing and self forgiveness. I loved the way the story played out and concluded. You will not regret taking the time to read this story.

  • Barb
    2019-04-03 10:08

    A great feel-good book for the holidays! A news reporter is sent out to discover who and why someone has been dropping bags of money off one folks' porches. She's used to covering murders, floods, robberies... She's not sure how to handle this whole Good Samaratin thing.

  • Ann
    2019-04-24 03:06

    I loved this book. It is a wonderful debut novel. Take a good story line, some romance and a good mystery and you have a book that keeps you reading until the final pages and this book did. I certainly hope there will be other books to follow by this author.

  • Wendy Czapenski
    2019-04-01 09:55

    This was a nice quick read. They say if you like Nicholas Sparks you will like this book.

  • Holly
    2019-04-21 03:46

    Good Sam is the story of what happens when you report a story that leads to something more than you can ever imagine! After covering stories like disasters and tragedy, Kate Bradley knows that the good in news is hard to find. When 10 people start to received bags with money in them, Kate is assigned to the story to find who is this elusive Good Sam. When Kate gets into a accident that lands her in the presence of a firefighter named Eric Hayes who is dealing with losing his brother in a tragic boating accident and with a ex named Jack who is up to no good, nothing will go right for Kate. When Jack tells Kate he is the Good Sam, Kate doesn't know if she can trust him or not. With things not adding up with Jack's story and having Eric around telling his story of what happened that night his brother died. Things start clicking for Kate for who the money was giving to and who the real Good Sam is. It ends with two people finding each other during a near-tragedy and how a story of someone being a Good Sam can lead people to their one true happiness! I just loved this story and what the one true message is throughout! I have to be honest, I read the second book in this little series (Perfectly Good Crime) first but now that I read this book, everything makes sense now about how Kate and Eric meet and why they are together. This book will get you to thinking about how just giving money to ten families will make a big change in their and your life. It was cool to think because in the story, they had copy-caters trying to replicate what this one person did, now wouldn't that be cool in real life if someone really did that!!Thank You to Dete Meserve for getting me to thinking about how it takes just one good act to change a person's life for the better!!I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Author!

  • Rena Kelinson Skoog
    2019-04-03 06:00

    I won this book via a Goodreads giveaway. I had never heard of Dete Meserve before and I loved the book. It was a very quick read that grabbed my attention from the first few pages. I love the idea of Good Sam and that there are good people in this world.

  • MaryAllen
    2019-03-28 11:08

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed it. A reporter is assigned to cover a story about 10 people who have found $100,000 by their front door. Quickly the name Good Sam is applied. This story has it all including families, loves, liars, and loss. Very tastefully written is the Good Sam story. I like the light mystery. This book is not complex but it caught me from the first page.