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Gone to Green: The Green Series #1 (Gone to Green Series) [Kindle Edition]

Judy Christie
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Book Description

The paper was an unexpected inheritance from a close colleague, and Lois
must keep it for at least a year, bringing a host of challenges, lessons, and
blessings into her life.

When Lois pulls into
Green on New Year’s Day, she expects a charming little town full of smiling people.
She quickly realizes her mistake. After settling into a loaned house out on Route 2,
she finds herself battling town prejudices and inner doubts and making friends with
the most surprising people: troubled teenager Katy, good-looking catfish farmer
Chris, wise and feisty Aunt Helen, and a female African-American physician named
Kevin.

Whether fighting a greedy, deceitful
politician or rescuing a dog she fears, Lois notices the headlines in her life have
definitely improved. She learns how to provide small-town news in a big-hearted way
and realizes that life is full of newsworthy moments. When she encounters racial
prejudice and financial corruption, Lois also discovers more about the goodness of
real people and the importance of being part of a community.


While secretly preparing the paper for a sale, Lois
begins to realize that God might indeed have a plan for her life and that perhaps
the allure of city life and career ambition are not what she wants after
all.



Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Lois Barker, a successful big-city journalist, never imagined ending up in the tiny town of Green, La. She never guessed that within months she would unexpectedly inherit a smalltown newspaper. She never believed she would leave her rising-star career impulsively after a quiet, inner prompting urged, Go... I'll help you. Yet that improbable route to upheaval is precisely where Christie (Goodbye, Murphy's Law) engagingly guides both readers and the charming yet flummoxed Barker. As the editor and owner of the Green News-Item, the ever uncertain Barker transforms from an overwhelmed and overly self-reliant Jane Doe into a considerable power for reform and revitalization in her depressed Louisiana borough. Refreshingly realistic religious fiction, this novel is unafraid to address the injustices of sexism, racism and corruption as well as the spiritual devastation that often accompanies the loss of loved ones. Yet these darker narrative tones beautifully highlight the novel's message of friendship, community and God's reassuring and transformative love. (Aug.)
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About the Author

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. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 715 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426700245
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; Original edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHNII4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it. Tell a friend. August 17, 2009
Format:Paperback
Judy Christie created a marvelous story with her first novel about Lois, the big-city journalist, who finds herself the owner of a small-town newspaper in Louisiana. As this "outsider" becomes accustomed to her new surroundings, she makes many friends and enemies along the way. She is confronted throughout the story with not only her actions, but also her reactions when she is deals with injustice, compassion, judgement, and especially God's will for her life. Well-written inspirational fiction has always been a favorite media of mine. I always get wrapped up in the story, all the while finding the heroin or hero dealing with basic values that each of us face every day of our lives. Judy Christie was a journalist for many years, and writes eloquently about what she knows best. She is currently a consultant and writes Christian motivational books....which she also does very, very well. As she combined the two with well-written fiction, she wrote a story with many characters her readers hope she will develop and introduce to us more deeply. Given an opportunity, this is an author who will give us many stories from Green, Louisiana in the future. This is a good book for the individual reader and an excellent story for book club discussions. Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it. Tell a friend.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I picked up this book when it was a free offering, but just recently got around to it and finished it in one sitting - something I RARELY do for a Kindle book! I found this tale very entertaining and heart-felt. What I really enjoyed about it is that the reader could very well see himself or herself as any one of a number of the characters, even the "bad guys" who are no better or worse than typical small town leaders. I also was surprised that this was marketed as a "Christian" book. Yes, Lois (the main character) has occasional bouts where she is analyzing her personal relationship with God or gets friendly "advice" of that nature, but they add to the story, they don't distract or become the story itself. A GREAT read.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, uplifting book, with some great characters! August 6, 2009
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book! It was a quick read but in no way fell short on details. There are many interesting characters in here that were very familiar to me. You will probably find that you already know many of these people in your own lives. And most of us can relate to the main character "Lois" with our daily struggles and figuring out which path to choose. The story flowed very smoothly and I found myself reading several chapters in a row. Now that I think about it, I'm ready for the next one.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read August 3, 2009
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book very much and am ready for the next one. Having worked for a small daily paper, I had no trouble becoming a part of the story.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars First of a series but could have BEEN the series August 24, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story had great promise but Ms. Christie had too many story lines running quickly at once. There were some great characters who I could have cared about that never got a chance to develop. Actually, the main character, Miss Lois, was one of the weakest. I tried to enjoy this book but the further along the story went the less believable it became. Properly done, this one book could have been stretched into its own series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Town Charm January 21, 2010
Format:Paperback
Having both worked on my school paper and being a high school correspondent for my local paper, I always enjoy reading books about newspapers. There's something about having to meet deadlines, getting all the facts and discovering stories that could have major impact that always make for a good read for me. Therefore reading this book had great appeal for me, as I read about the adventures Lois had to face with going from big city newspaper to twice weekly small town Green.

I was really glad that even though there are prejudices and Lois having to deal with the "good ol' boys club", the book did not go into the way of stereotypes of both the south or small towns. There was nothing horribly cliched in the book which I was very grateful for. The town had a bunch of quirky and genuine characters that helped Lois get settled into a new life in Green. Even though some of the people took a while for both Lois and them to get warmed up to each other, after a while they began to accept her in their town and she began to feel like one of them. The main attraction of the story for me was seeing how the newspaper was run. I was glad to see that even though it was a small paper, the people took pride in running in. There were staff members who took their job seriously and had potential to move away to bigger things in the future.

If there was any qualms I had about the book, I would say that the resolution of the book happened really fast and I felt like I had missed it somehow. I found myself flipping back to make sure I had read what happened to everyone. Other than this, I thought this was a great read. It's not preachy at all, faith is mentioned but it is not a main focus point. The story introduced me to how a small newspaper has to survive and also to the local flavor of the town of Green. I know that I am going to be excited to read the next book in the series and more adventures from the townsfolk!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bo-ring! February 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Ugh...this book started out with such promise, but quickly became a dud! I could hardly finish it. I felt let down by the reviews.

Lois' story could have been interesting, but the small town politics and pat answers to small town problems quickly took on the feel of a city council report!

In summary...It was boring and predictable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked!
At first, I didn't know if I'd like this book. The whole newspaper setting didn't thrill me. The characters were so great, and the experiences everyone was having completely hooked... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by H. Erickson
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Overly predictable and simplistic. Don't expect any big words.
Published 23 days ago by Kristi Egger Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
A medical romance mystery. What else could you ask for? Wish there had been more details and not so many added romantic interests though.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Vittetoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction
I enjoyed the first book in the series. Moved at a great pace and had great character development. Looking forward to the rest of the series!
Published 1 month ago by Jaime Heath
3.0 out of 5 stars Gone to Green review
It was a good afternoon read. Was light reading but enjoyable, the story was good to follow. There was no vulgarity in it.
Published 1 month ago by jo parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Mitford-like tale
City editor Lois Barker follows the dream of a deceased friend to run a small-town newspaper in Louisiana and finds surprising trials and blessings. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MamaSylvia
4.0 out of 5 stars Gone to Green is good!
Great story. Just REALLY didn't like the ending! Talk about abrupt! I do want to read the next one, though!
Published 3 months ago by nenamorton
5.0 out of 5 stars Beguiling
Judy's debut novel draws one in - what will happen next? Her characters are so well drawn that by the end of the novel, you're rooting for the good guys!
Published 4 months ago by Mary C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone to Green
What a great read with lots of twists and turns. The characters are so believable, I find myself thinking of them even when I'm not reading. I will be reading the next book soon! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Katseg
5.0 out of 5 stars easy read, cute story
This book is a Very easy read. The storyline is good, although it's predictable. It's a fun, no stress read.
Published 5 months ago by Monica H
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More About the Author

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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