Title: The Good Samaritan
Author: RC Boldt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 18, 2018
The biggest story of her life is the one he wants to hide.
I’m homeless by choice.
I have no intention of returning to my former life after what I’ve done.
This—living among the filth and discarded remnants of others—is what I deserve.
As atonement for my sins, I give back; I help those who cannot help themselves. But it’s always under the guise of anonymity.
Newspaper headlines throughout the city are clamoring to discover my identity. Including the beautiful woman who manages to see through my “armor.”
She has the capability to put my entire life at risk.
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Review by Barbara
Holy Cow what a wonderfully heartfelt storyline the author has given us with “Good Samaritan”. With each chapter I felt like I was learning the values of human kindness while reading a terrific story with characters that wormed their way into my heart more and more with each page I turned.
Jude is hiding in plain site from some horrific event in his past. He’s living homeless on the street trying to atone for his mistakes and doing various acts of kindness for others in need. He’s all but invisible to most of the world but to those he helps on a daily or occasional bases he’s a generous soul with a kind heart. Especially to Father James, the priest that runs a local shelter, the locals around where he hangs out and Faith, a woman that Jude saves for a vicious attack.
Faith is a journalist with secrets of her own. When she meets Jude she senses a kindred spirit. She knows nothing about his past or current life, only that he lives on the streets, he saved her life as his eyes show a tormented soul. Faith is given a chance for a pay raise that she sorely needs if she can learn the identity of “The Good Samaritan” and write the story. Jude does his best to stay away from Faith as he feels he’s not worthy of her, but his overwhelming need to protect her keeps him near. But what happens when her journalist career and his past collide causing secrets come to light and trusts are broken?
I can’t recommend this book enough. Kudos to the author for a job well done. 2 Thumbs Up and a resounding 5 stars for this Phenomena Must Read!
Review by Kathy
When a tremendous loss causes the guilt you feel to make you lose yourself, to make you feel as though you have so much to make up for, to place upon yourself a penance to try to make up for the loss that you blame yourself for; the only way you think you can do this is to hid in the shadows, live without anything, and do what you can for anyone that needs help. This is what The Good Samaritan does. He hides amongst the shadows, keeping a keen eye out and open ears to jump in and help those who need the help, never letting them know who he is. His pain is apparent in his eyes, but his heart is good, although broken. He lives each day through his pain and does what he can to help those around him. Then he meets her. The one who's heart is as good as his, the one who will help him regain himself, even if he knows he's not good enough for her. He's homeless, he's damaged, he's someone that doesn't deserve someone like her. But she manages to start to break down some of the ice around his heart. She, along with a few other people, helps him to see a little bit of himself. But he is scared. He doesn't want anyone to know, yet he can't stay away from her. This woman, this selfless woman who truly sees him, the one who becomes "his Faith".
A breathtakingly beautiful story that delves into the plight of homelessness and shows just how easy it is for one to be the next number in that growing population. It also shows that there are truly good people in this world that sometimes just need a little shove, a little bit of hope pushed into their line of sight to see that they can also make someone else's life a little easier. To help them climb their way out of their hopelessness and regain their place in this society. Just one person, who does whatever they can for others can turn the tide of despair into a tsunami of hope for someone else. What Jude does in this story is just that, although his reason for doing so is described by himself as penance for something he feels he could have prevented, his heart is good and he does what he can for those who need the help.
The characters are truly well written and quite developed and some a bit complex. The supporting characters are witty, compassionate, and know more about the man than he thinks they do. They can see right into his soul it seems and they also know that if he lets her in, Faith will bring him back life.
Faith is beautiful, smart and talented. She was raised by a not to nice grandmother who, instead of building her up, figured that doing so would only help her to become like her mother. So instead of building her up, she tore her down. With the love and help of their priest, and several cops, she was able to be a happy teenager. She was loved, if not by blood relatives, by the family that she had in these people. And love her they did. But Faith has a secret of her own, one that caused her relationship with her fiance to end, one that has caused her to doubt that any man would ever want her, one that has her working hard to afford what it would take to help her.
An absolutely heartwarming, heartbreaking, inspirational story that will leave you smiling and your heart full. I cannot recommend this book more highly. Please, do yourself a favor and get this book. It will, in its entirety, lift your spirits, give you hope and help you find your faith.
RC Boldt currently lives on the southeastern coast of the U.S., enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you're in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can't recall the lyrics to a particular 80's song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she's your girl.