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4 Stars Out Of 5
January 15, 2014
Gone to Green is the first book in Judy Christie's Green series.
Lois has always thought that she would retire from the big city newspaper that she works for, but when her friend and mentor suddenly dies she inherits a newspaper in the small town of Green, Louisana. With years of experience behind her Lois sets of to conquer what she thinks will be a pretty easy challenge. Get said newspaper up and running and then turn around and sell it. But things don't alway turn out the way we expect.
I really enjoyed this book. There were a lot of little things that were really charming. Like writing someone's name on the newspapers window when they passed away. Its the little details like that, that can make all the difference.
The only down side was that I wished the author had been more defined about the timeline in the book. It seemed to span a year, but the author was just not clear enough about it. I felt like I was playing catch up sometimes.
All in all though it was a fun book. I loved all the characters, they were very well written.
Lois is a corporate journalist that just got a reality check. Forced to put her job on hold, she sets off for the small town of Green, Louisiana to run a small paper that publishes only two editions a week. She inherited The Green News-Item unexpectedly from a close colleague, and being that the poor man died before he could achieve his small town dream, she is reluctant to just sell it off before giving it a chance. Committing to an entire year in Green, Lois sets about finding her place as the new boss.
If only her problems were in the singular. She was expecting a small town full of friendly, happy people, and what she discovers almost makes her turn around and head back to Ohio. She finds her new home is in the outskirts of town, with virtually no neighbors. Before she can even get her bearings, she is facing prejudices, corruption, and the everyday struggle to keep the paper out of the red. But along the way she makes surprising friendships with the citizens of Green, and it almost makes it hard to leave when the year is up and she is preparing to sell the paper. Will Lois realize that a small town is where her heart really is? Or will the allure of her job back in Ohio be stronger than the people of Green?
I found myself believing these people were actually real. As if I was simply reading a re-telling of things that actually happened. This right here is fiction at it's finest. The story draws you in, makes you feel like you can jump in the car and just drive to Green. I can see the flattened newspaper rack Lois keeps hitting when she's in a hurry, I can see the flowers along Route 2, and I can see and feel the small town charm in my mind's eye. A really good story that comes with four more books in the series. Do yourself a favor and make sure you have all five books before you start this one - you're not going to want to wait for more.
A Midwestern woman from a large city paper inherits a small town twice weekly newspaper in Louisiana. This woman, Lois, struggles to fit in to a small Southern town and to learn how to run this tiny hometown newspaper. With a lot of hard work and strong convictions, Lois is determined to make the paper & the town a better place. I admire how Lois turns back to God as she encounters all the challenges of starting over in a new place.
I have read this book and the next 3. Great stories. I'm waiting for #5 which comes out this month. Love the romance as well as the adventure. I think Lois learned a lot in the smaller city setting. The type of women I would love to meet and talk to. If you havn't read them,start with this free book and you will gladly pay to get the rest.
If I had to sum up this series in one word I would choose delightful.
I give each book and the whole series a hearty 5 stars.
The Green series by Judy Christie follows the story of Lois, a reporter at a big Midwest city newspaper, but is filled with plenty of other well developed characters who each have their own plot-lines. These books keep the reader hoping. They are fast paced but thoroughly entertaining.
In book 1 of the series, Gone to Green, Lois inadvertently inherits a (very) small town newspaper in Green, Louisiana. The inheritance includes the stipulation that she run the paper for a year before she can sell it.
Of course as time goes on she (and we) grow to love the many quirky characters that fill the town. Lois' desire is to see the town thrive, and she puts her newspaper and own self into a campaign to promote green, but before she can succeed she must confront long ingrained prejudices and corrupt politicians.