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Gone to Green (Green Series #1)

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

A Louisiana Mitford

Lois Barker is not Father Tim, but if you felt at home in Jan Karon's Mitford, you will love the lively characters in Judy Christie's Gone to Green. When big city journalist Lois Barker inherits a small town newspaper from a friend, she only intends to stay the required...
Lois Barker is not Father Tim, but if you felt at home in Jan Karon's Mitford, you will love the lively characters in Judy Christie's Gone to Green. When big city journalist Lois Barker inherits a small town newspaper from a friend, she only intends to stay the required year in Green, Louisiana, before unloading the paper and moving on to something better. But is there anything better than being her own boss and making a difference in a local community? Of course, readers know from the beginning that Barker will stay. (After all, there are more titles to look forward to in Christie's Green series!) But it takes a few scandals and news scoops and a whole lot of new friends (including an attractive lawyer and a helpful catfish farmer) to convince her that she has at last come home.

Judie Christie writes in a fun first person voice that had me on page one. Each chapter begins with an amusing excerpt from the Green News-Item. Although Lois is also on a spiritual journey, the preaching never overwhelms the story. I enjoyed the Mitford books, but it always bothered me that Father Tim had to be a "professional Christian" for readers to consider his spiritual insights appropriate to the character. I am hoping that in Lois Barker Christie will break out of that mold and show a lay believer whose commitment to God makes a difference. The setting is still a small Bible-belt town. Who is going to write me a Northern urban tale where the gospel is seen through someone in the marketplace? I'm thinking maybe an African American hairdresser in a neighborhood that is a cross-section of urban American life.

posted by LeAnneH on January 24, 2011

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Written well. But not my taste.

Read 2/3's of it and then it got way to preach-y for me.

posted by N_M_K on January 28, 2012

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Written well. But not my taste.

    Read 2/3's of it and then it got way to preach-y for me.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2010

    Fairly enjoyable light Christian oriented reading

    To start, I got this as a free ebook. I had gathered that it might be Christian oriented, so I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it much, given that I am NOT religious whatsoever.

    However, it was better than I expected and reasonably enjoyable. The actual story idea wasn't bad, and had promise, though I don't really feel it was fully realized here. I'd have like more gritty ins and outs of the small newspaper biz, rather than a float-along, all is well and getting better all the time, fizzy little charming view.

    Still and all, there were plenty of likeable characters, even if I didn't feel they were developed particularly well. There's certainly charm to the general rosy and positive outlook and I do think there is a place for that. I could have done without the Christian aspects, but they weren't hard hitting and did not overwhelm the general plot line.

    Speaking of plot... not a lot of drama to this one, more of a "will she, won't she sell" and hardly a page turner. More of a "cozy" style, if you know what I mean. Predictable ending.

    I'd consider reading the next in the series if it were free, but would not go and buy it. It is also a fairly short book of 144 pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    Interesting little read. Enjoyable. Now on second in series.

    Interesting little read. Enjoyable. Now on second in series.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Sorry, this, so far is not in the same league as the Mitford ser

    Sorry, this, so far is not in the same league as the Mitford series. And, to charge $9.99 for a Nookbook with 190 pages is outrageous! Please publish the length of these books so we can at least know what we are getting.

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    Good Read

    Good Read

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    keeps you wanting more!

    This book keeps you wanting to know more about what is happening in Green. I felt that I need to read the next book to find out more about what happens. Captivating!

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  • Posted October 6, 2012

    Too cozy

    This is a feel-good, cozy kind of read with a very promising plot. But what bothered me was that the highs and lows of the plot were delivered in too much of a monotone. Dealing with bad guys trying to steal your business? a marriage proposal? going grocery shopping? It is all delivered with equal urgency. I got the entire series as free books, but I could only handle the first two before giving up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    So so .....

    Gone to Green starts out well and I enjoyed the characters but in certain parts of the story it went super fast. There would be a situation taking place over 3-4 pages and then you turn the page and the situation is resolved. Other parts of the book were boring and I skimmed over those portions. I was left wanting more because I enjoy the setting of the book. I'll try book#2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

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    An okay read,

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Nice read

    I enjoyed Gone to Green, it was an easy read which leave one with a smile. The characters are well fleshed out and the plot is engaging.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2011

    Check it out

    Makes your life seem normal

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