Good Buddy

2019 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Winner – Honorable Mention

5 Star Review recipient with Readers’ Favorite International Books Awards


Available exclusively at Amazon

The following North Carolina independent stores have signed copies of Good Buddy

Park Road Books – Charlotte

Quail Ridge Books – Raleigh

The Joyful Jewel – Pittsboro


“The author has penned the story of her characters beautifully. This author knows her way around words…The premise of ‘running away from the past’ and ‘new identities hiding something terrible’ are not exactly novel. But the story is much more than just this, focusing also on the many parent-child relationships…The characters were three-dimensional and well developed, from the major players to the very minor ones.”                                                                                                                          – The BookLife Prize, critical review – 8.5/10 score

“This is a touching story about love and what makes a real family. It’s a story about doing the right thing, healing, and second chances. It’s a story about life.”                               – Scott Thompson, author of Eight Days

“Good Buddy is a heartwarming story of family relationships that will also keep you turning the pages to find out more. This southern fiction story follows Buddy Cordova from childhood to adulthood as he navigates romantic relationships and follows a journey from being a fatherless child to being the ultimate stepfather. Along the way, there’s a bit of a mystery unfolding at the perfect pace to keep readers continuing to put the pieces together. If you’re looking for a story to make you feel good about the world, pick up a copy of Good Buddy…”      – Leslie Hauser, author of Chasing Eveline and The Brilliance of Fireflies 

Good Buddy Cover

Jonathan “Buddy” Cordova is a small time criminal defense lawyer living paycheck to paycheck and practicing law out of his house in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He likes to think of himself as a modern day Atticus Finch, the kind of attorney who represents the poor, the indigent, the “probably guilty,” and the kinds of clients who usually end up in jail. Shy, painfully awkward around pretty women, and carrying his own dark secret, Buddy falls for the daily jogger – Julie Saint, a part time Kindergarten teacher and Army widow with a little girl named Molly.

Consumed with love for his ready-made family, Buddy is the epitome of a husband, father and stepfather. Bonded over their mutual childhood losses, Molly and Buddy are not just stepfather and stepdaughter, but they are the best of pals. When tragedy strikes, and the past at last comes back for its day of reckoning, the question becomes…what really makes a father? What kind of love resides in the heart of a man who takes on the raising of another man’s child, having all the responsibilities…but under the law, none of the rights?