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  • Series: Green (Abingdon Press)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426708998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426708992
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Judy Christie, after working as a journalist for twenty-five years, left the daily news business to open a consulting firm that works with individuals, businesses, and churches on strategies for meaningful life and work, including goal-setting, living fully, and balancing personal and professional lives. She is the author of Gone to Green, Goodness Gracious Green, and The Glory of the Green, all part of the six-part Green fiction series, Hurry Less, Worry Less; Hurry Less, Worry Less at Christmas; Hurry Less, Worry Less for Moms; and co-author of Awesome Altars. Judy and her husband live in northwest Louisiana. You can learn more about her at: www.judychristie.com.

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Judy Christie writes fiction with a Louisiana flavor, including "Sweet Olive," her most recent novel and the first book in the Trumpet and Vine series. Publishers Weekly compares "Sweet Olive" to Jan Karon's Mitford series, and Library Journal and Romantic Times praise it as a story that will draw readers into the ambience of the small-town South and the people who live there.

Judy started her writing life by keeping a diary when she was nine-and still has all of them. A former newspaper editor and reporter, she blogs from her green kitchen couch at www.judychristie.com and loves visiting with readers at book clubs and online on Facebook and Twitter. Judy is also the author of the five-part Green series of novels, including "Gone to Green," set in the fictional Louisiana town of Green, and "Wreath," a novel about a 16-year-old girl who lives in a Central Louisiana junkyard after her mother dies.

Judy loves to help busy people slow down and enjoy each day more and leads retreats and workshops on how to quit living frenzied and frazzled. Her popular "Hurry Less Worry Less" nonfiction series is filled with practical and encouraging tips.

For more on Judy--and why she writes with a Louisiana flavor--see www.judychristie.com.

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Keeps you intrigued as to what will happen next.
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There is never a slow time with this story because the author provides several secondary characters that have their own story lines.
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Ive read all 5 books and i have to say, i loved this series from the minute i started book one!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RivkaBelle on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Review originally published on my blog: [...]
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 TOP 500 REVIEWER 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 shawnk on March 5, 2013
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Really it was a nice story and I really enjoyed the characters. I feel it was really me that made it just okay because I've really been into historically based fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isadore Ann VINE VOICE on December 11, 2012
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I really enjoyed this entire series, and only give this final book three stars (as opposed to the four that I gave the first book in the series) because it definitely read to me like one last book that the publisher was trying to get out rather than a complete, unique, book that wraps things up. I don't need it all tied with a bow, but there does need to be some thought other than "they all lived happily ever after."

Conflict isn't a bad thing, and since Lois had conquered so much of it in the first few books, it was odd to see her and the rest of the characters just sort of all fall in love, get married, and have babies. There's no talk of struggle and the only attempt at it is when one character takes a few months to conceive. Big deal.

I enjoy seeing characters that overcome a challenge of some sort, and if the main character is having a better life then it needs to be in the supporting characters, and it needs to be realistic. This story had people with cancer who just sort of had surgery and it was all no big deal, had baby daddy issues, and all of it was resolved too neatly, making it a bit unbelievable.

Having said that, it's a clean book with healthy characters that tell an overall positive story. I enjoy the way faith was introduced and discussed, and would recommend the series to a friend.
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