Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Judy Christie's gone to green ~ Reviewed

gone to green
By Judy Christie

Published by Abingdon Press,
August 2009

ISBN 978-1-4267-0024-8


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 clich├ęd 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

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