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Judy Christie writes fiction with a Louisiana flavor, including the five-part Green series about a big-city journalist who winds up running a small-town newspaper in Green, Louisiana. With a writing career that began when she was the editor of her elementary school newspaper, Judy has kept a journal since she was nine years old--and still has all of them. She loves to help busy people slow down and enjoy each day more and is the author of the popular nonfiction "Hurry Less Worry Less" series, filled with practical and encouraging tips. She's a fan of porch swings, fried pies and flea markets around her home in Stonewall, Louisiana. She loves to visit with readers and writers and blogs from her green couch at www.judychristie.com. 
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Product Details

  • Series: Gone to Green Series
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426708998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426708992
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judy Christie writes fiction with a Louisiana flavor, including "Wreath, A Girl," her YA novel about a girl who lives in a junkyard until she can graduate from high school. A Pulpwood Queen Teen Book of the Year, this story of a girl whose mother died will have you cheering and possibly shedding a tear. It is the first novel in the Wreath Willis Series, with the second due out in spring 2015.

Christie's Southern fiction, including her Trumpet & Vine series, has been praised by Publisher's Weekly, Library Journal and Romantic Times. They say Judy is a writer who draws readers into the ambiance of the small-town South and the people who live there--always with a dash of romance.

Judy started her writing life by keeping a diary when she was eleven--and still has all of them.

A former newspaper editor and reporter, she blogs from her green couch at www.judychristie.com and loves visiting with readers at book clubs and online on Facebook and Twitter.

For more on Judy, see www.judychristie.com.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RivkaBelle on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
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Book provided by publisher for review.

Note: Downtown Green is the fifth book in a series about Green, Louisiana. I somehow managed to miss this detail until I started reading, but thankfully it can be read as a stand-alone.

As Downtown Green opens, the town is just preparing to celebrate the opening of a new bypass loop - one with more opponents than advocates. With a quicker way to get around town, downtown traffic drops off dramatically, with a direct impact on local business. Finding a way to restore downtown Green, Louisiana becomes Lois Craig's new mission (as if running a newspaper and adjusting to being a new mom weren't enough work). Along the way, she finds surprising allies and hits heads with old enemies - and unexpected tragedy - but never wavers. Green has gotten into her blood, and Lois is like a mama bear defending her cubs (or in this case, her town). This premise alone is an interesting read, and Christie does a wonderful job of fleshing out the characters - which results in even more layers to the story, as each player in the cast of characters goes through their own set of misadventures, linking everyone in ways that only happens in small, Southern towns.

What I really, really loved about Downtown Green was the realistic feel. Green, LA could have been any number of small towns in the Deep South - it reminded me of several I have experienced. Everyone knows everybody else's business, and actually cares. The town is more than just a group of people and shops, it's the heartbeat of the community, and as people rally around the common cause, they rediscover existing bonds and forge new ones - both with their town and with each other.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Sperling VINE VOICE on April 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
You could probably read this book as a stand alone, but I believe that you will enjoy it more if you read it after enjoying the other books in the "Green" series (Gone to Green, Goodness Gracious Green, The Glory of Green and Rally Round Green). If you have already gotten a taste of Green and her unique cast of characters then prepare to come back to your favorite small town full of all the antics and turmoil that captured your heart in the previous novels.

Join Lois and Chris, Katy and Molly, Eva and Dub, Tammy and Walt, Kevin and Terrance and the whole gang for a new set of challenges and joys.

In this fifth installment in the Green saga welcome back to community. Community that rally's around each other and hopes for the future. Community that is more about roots and relationships than it is about ease and convenience. Community that knows that God is at work even when life appears to be pure chaos. Community that knows loss and change and isn't destroyed by it. Community - it's what keeps drawing me back to Green time and time again.

I received a free digital copy of this book for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Lowery on March 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book as with all in the series, keeps the reader hoping. It is fast paced but thoroughly entertaining.

Downtown Green, book 5 in the Green Series, begins with the opening of the highway bypass. It's not long until the convenience of a quicker commute lures even Lois away from the local roads--as a new mom she needs every extra moment she can get.

When the highway claims it's first victim, someone who Lois has strong ties to, she is devastated. When businesses close and the hospital becomes a clinic, Lois knows that, barring a miracle, Green is soon going to dry up like so many small towns.

Lois is insulted when the Midwest newspaper she used to work for sends someone to buy her out, but with the way things are going is it time for her and Chris to move on? When someone comes up with a wild suggestion to save the town, Lois and Chris must decide if they are willing to put everything on the line for the sake of the town. Can the hope of the town really lie in an abandoned milkshake shoppe?

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.

I received this book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KANDY on April 12, 2012
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A good read but nothing new. I think the series has run out of new adventure. Good writer that should move on to better things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Molly on March 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sometimes when a series continues past book 3 or 4, things just don't sit well anymore and it feels like the author is making an attempt to "drag" the story out. But, Judy Christie has bypassed that and created a FIFTH book that doesn't drag or bore the reader! I've read the other books in Ms. Christie's Green series and this one, well, this one is my favorite of them all! I think it's because the plot line reminds me a little of the movie Cars :-).

There's a new bypass that's diverting the traffic from the small town of Green. The folks of Green are worried about the effect that this will have on the town (see.....Cars movie????). Things happen to the little town....small changes here and there, luring people away, instead of to the quaint small town. It becomes a change that Lois, wife and new mom, didn't want to see happen. But, she can also see the convenience of the bypass, as it does help to save time....

But, what happens when an offer is made to REALLY change the town? A buy-out offer from someone that Lois wouldn't ever sell to comes to Green and tries to reek havoc by making that offer. Lois and Chris think maybe it's time to throw in towel and call it quits in the little town of Green. That is until one small suggestion, one that people wouldn't have normally thought of in a small American town like Green, is made and Lois begins to think that maybe,just maybe, Green can be placed back on the map.

I totally loved this book! All the great characters, the entertaining plotline and message of hope and never giving up, ring loud and true in the words of this fabulous book! Most definitely worthy of a 5 Book rating, this is a fast paced, witty read that will sweep you off your feet, and make you feel right at home in Downtown Green.
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