Reviews for Good Man

Booklist Reviews 2013 February #2
Murray (I'll Be Your Everything, 2012) orchestrates another smart, entertaining interracial romance. When former WNBA star Sonya is invited to star on a bachelorette reality show, she views it as an opportunity to present the world with a smart, powerful black woman. Although he knows he is the lone Caucasian competing on the show, widowed former pastor John Bond thinks it's time he found another wife. Between them, they break all the show's rules, from eliminating several contestants at once, to revealing the lies and setups, and placing Christianity on the stage, front and center. Sonya's secret daughter pretends to be her sister and keeps everyone guessing, including a contestant who is attracted to her. The remaining contestants are also fully dimensional and appealing. The book runs a little long, but Murray's wonderful characters, caring perspective, humor, and the story's fabulous ending make this a winning read. Those new to Murray will want to turn to the rest of his list. Murray fans old and new may also enjoy Terry McMillan's titles. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 December #1

In this deceptively light but ocean-deep sendup of dating and reality television, Murray (I'll Be Your Everything) takes a fun, reflective look at interracial relationships. Sonya Richardson, a retired WNBA star, reluctantly agrees to serve as a role model for black women on a show where 12 men compete for the hand of a "Nubian princess in search of her boo." ("Why not Nubian queen?" Sonya immediately retorts, the first of many stereotype-deflating moments.) John Bond, a white widower from Alabama, signs onto the show as one of Sonya's suitors. In the ensuing melee, the pair must find their own way amid religious concerns and painfully revealed secrets. Murray slips in references to C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters at the occasional expense of plausibility, but the religious elements are always uplifting and never overbearing, and readers should brace for a three-hanky finale. Agent: Evan Marshall, the Evan Marshall Agency. (Mar.)

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