In this second Green novel, Lois Barker has committed to living in the Louisiana town and expects that life will get easier as she puts down roots. Instead, life just gets weird--the mayor's dog unaccountably bits her face, leading to stitches. The former owners of the paper demand it back, and mysterious fires at the paper cause distress and danger. Evening strolls with the handsome Chris Craig help soothe Lois's troubled spirits, and the newspaper staff becomes ever more experienced and creative in community involvement. The ending is priceless, and I smiled all through the book, and reached immediately for book 3 when I finished this one.
Lois struggles with her decision to stay in Green and to continue to own & run the newspaper. Once she decides to stay, someone starts a series of arson against her as the former owners try to get the paper back. Lois also starts a relationship with her teacher/coach neighbor, a widower that was married to his high school sweetheart. Can their love overcome the baggage they both carry and will they find out who is hassling Lois? I couldn't wait to find out how the mystery was solved.
This is the 2nd book in the Green series (be sure to read them in order or you'll get lost!). In this book, Lois begins to get settled in her new role as the owner of the local newspaper, but things get a little crazy when suspicious fires begin to happen. This continues to be a fun, light read. Read the entire series.
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, owner of the Green 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 2 of the series, Goodness Gracious Green, Lois has begun to put down roots, and there even seems to be something going on between her and a local catfish farmer, but previous owners of the newspaper show up and try to force her to sell it back to them. When a series of fires threaten Lois and the paper, Lois feels discouraged and worn out. Just how bad does she want to stay in green?
Review : Goodness Gracious Green - Judy Pace Christie -2010
One of my favourite joys as a reader and one so voracious , is the enjoyment that comes when discovering a new author and it definitely is a bonus if the book's theme and genre is one that you thoroughly enjoy. When I first read the title of Goodness Gracious Green , I was under the impression that the novel might have had something to do with recycling as in New Zealand - when we recycle , re-use etc we call it being green.
However , I was in for a shock when I discovered that the reason it was called Goodness Gracious Green was due to the main character's over-use of the word's Goodness Gracious and the town that they lived in was called Green. Goodness Gracious Green , is about the main character Lois whom has just inherited the local newspaper and is starting to make it a happening thing , however some people in this small close-knit community have their opinions and reservations about change and soon Lois finds herself in a number of awful situations from random acts of arson (more than once) , vandalism and finds herself being served. If this wasn't enough we discover Lois has problems of her own from relationship issues to her best friend getting married to her ex-boyfriend , another friend dating her other ex.
In Goodness Gracious Green, we see a strong strength shine out of Lois as she continues to forever pray and perserve the situation that has been bought upon her and that no matter how hard things get , God is always there for you and will help you through anything as long as like the famous song goes "just have a lil bit of faith".
This review copy was obtained by NetGalley. www.netgalley.com