Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Judy Christie's gone to green ~ Reviewed
gone to green
By Judy Christie
Published by Abingdon Press,
Can a big-city journalist change a small town or will the townspeople change her forever?
Lois Barker trades her life at a large paper in the Midwest for the ownership of The Green News-Item, a twice-weekly newspaper in rural North Louisiana.
As the not-so-proud new owner, Lois is obliged to keep the paper for at least a year, despite her doubts and fears. When she pulls into Green on New Year's Day, her expectation of a charming little town full of friendly people is shattered. Instead, she must battle prejudice and financial corruption, while making friends and enemies with a host of fascinating characters who will change her life.
As challenges unfold, her year in Green results in a newfound faith and unexpected blessings.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Judy Christie's background as a journalist lends a sense of reality to the story, which drew me in and held me fast. I liked the main character, Lois, and cheered for her all the way through. Lois does gain a few hard-won friends, but she also stirs up trouble. And while the problems facing the town of Green could be found in any small town, none of it feels clichéd or overdone. Besides wonderful characters, gone to green had just enough mystery, the right amount of romance and a tick of suspense.
I didn't want the story to end but wanted to keep reading. And any book that makes me want more gets 4 stars.
Reviewed by: Ane Mulligan