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.
I hesitated reading rhis series as usually I prefer the historical fiction books. I hesitate fully recommending it as it speaks of doctrine I do not endorse. I beleive the bible speaks out against female preachers and therefore I resist fully enjoying making a recommendation however i do point out that the Lord probably wouldn't call someone to leave their family behind to minister to a congregation sothe author is apparently confused but in her subconscious realize the truth.
I am ready to move to Green, Louisiana and enjoy the inhabitants. I just finished reading all 5 books in the series, and I am in love! Dive right into book 1, and be introduced to a lively cast of characters dealing with human dilemmas we can relate to, in one form or another. Lois Barker can't decide if inheriting and running the small town's paper is a dream come true or her worst nightmare, as she finds friends in unexpected places and enemies where she expected to feel at home. My only gripe about the series is that Lois gets projects done in what seems an impossibly short amount of time.
I read this book first on my Nook, I got it free. I loved it and bought the set in paperback from CBD at a great price. I highly recommend buying the set, I am eagerly awaiting book #6!
The "Green" series is filled with engaging characters you can care about in a well-written story with just enough excitement to keep the pages turning. (I found the "feel" of the story to be similar to Jan Karon's "Mitford" series.)