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Goodness Gracious Green (Green #2)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  1,001 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Will Lois Barker put down roots in Green . . . or will small-town life be too tough?

The charming and uncertain journalist is delighted with her decision to keep The Green News-Item and excited about the possibility of romance with her good-looking catfish farmer/coach neighbor—and the growth of her fresh faith and friendships.

Her second year in Green has scarcely been rung...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press (first published 2010)
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adlin
I’m originally from North Louisiana and really wanted to like this book. It started out okay, nothing spectacular, but a pleasant read. In the beginning I found the constant “what a good decision I made by coming here” by the main character to be annoying. Little did I know, the annoying would only get worse. I have nothing against Christian literature, but it can be done better. By the end, it was simply preachy and Lois (the main character) was simply whiny. The preacher was always right and e...more
Barb
Aug 05, 2011 Barb added it
Goodness Gracious Green by Judy Pace Christie is the second book of the Green Series. I enjoyed the first, Gone to Green, but this one completely lost me. I can't imagine how somebody who didn't read the first book could have followed it at all. I felt like the mystery in the story was weak and predictable. It also felt as though the author was attempting to make so discreet political points throughout the story as well. I was really surprised to not enjoy this as much as the first book of the s...more
Barbara
Book two of the Green series reunites us with Lois and her new friends in Green, Louisiana. I wanted to like this book; unfortunately, there is a long list of things not to like.

Lois has decided to stay in Green and run her newspaper, The Green News Item. Not all is as rosy as it seems on the surface; someone wants Lois gone and is setting fires at the newspaper and at her home. Hmm, we wonder who it could be? (If you've read the first book, the answer is obvious. If you haven't, then you'll be...more
Elaine
I grabbed this book because it was free, and the last 2 free books I read were excellent. I found the plot was simplistic and predictable; the characters were very 1 dimensional. The mystery was formula, and the romance sophomoric. The Christian references were superfluous, and I felt like they were added as an after though. It just didn't seem to fit with the story or characters. The ending is the type everyone hopes for, but it was unrealistic, that the protagonists changed their ways in such...more
Joan Thompson
I found this book a little lightweight in character development. I kept reading to see if it would get better but it only got worse, with the main character continually wondering if she had made the right decision. As the story goes on it becomes more preachy and the plot seems to have been forgotton.
Ane Mulligan
Sometimes the sequel to good book leaves the reader disappointed. Not so with Goodness Gracious Green, sequel to Gone to Green. I loved it and hope there's a third book in this series. Judy Christie writes such charming characters that I was drawn into their lives. I want to visit Green and meet the mayor and Lois's other friends.

If you haven't read Gone to Green, grab a copy, and while you're at it, get Goodness Gracious Green. These are a perfect summer read. Novel Journey and I give it a hig...more
Cindy
Lois Barker, has someone with a grudge against her. It is very obvious, that someone does not want her in Green Louisiana. It seemed like everytime she turned down an offer to sell her newspaper, The Green News-Item, something bad would happen. Two fires at the newspaper office, a fire at her house, burning down the old garage, and she is starting to second guess her decision to stay in Green.
However the bad far outweighs the good, her new friends are family, plus the fact, that she is finding...more
Deborah
Lois is in her second year in Green, Louisiana and she is excited with her decision to keep The Green News-Item. It seems like things are finally starting to look up for her, and she's even met a special someone. The combination of fresh faith and strengthening friendships make her comfortable in the little town of Green, and any reservations she had left are gone with her old corporate job.

But then things start to go wrong again. The brothers want to buy their paper back. Fires seem to be break...more
Brenda
When I first picked up this book to read I didn't realize that it was the second in The Green Series, I had no problems jumping right into the story, because the author gives enough information that you don't feel lost. That being said I plan on going back to read the first in the series because I enjoyed the characters so much.

Lois lives in the town of Green and runs a small town newspaper, when the building catches on fire that houses the newspaper, Lois wonders if it was an accident or was it...more
Julie
When I started this book it kept me reading. It was an easy read and I became interested in the characters. I liked the newspaper office setting perhaps because I work for a small town newspaper and the author describes the intricacies of small town newspaper life the way it sometimes is. Also I loved the small town feel of Green. I wanted to be there. This author captured a small town perfectly, the closeness and the caring for the people. Reluctance to change is also hard for small communities...more
Janice
Lois Barker, having made the decision to stay in Green, is beginning to doubt that decision. First the former paper owners, Chuck and Dub, visit her to try to buy back the paper, then the mayor's dog bites her face, and to top it off the paper is hit by an arsonist. We follow Lois's second year in Green as she tries to fend off the former owners who eventually file suit and try to figure out who the arsonist is. Plus we watch Lois get closer to Chris Craig. Fun read. The characters are enjoyable...more
Lorna Nathan
After struggling for so long with herself, saying I will not be living in Green, I will not be living in Green, little did Lois Barker knew that God had a greater plan for her life. Anytime she feels out of control, things seems to go a bit crazy where Lois Barker is concern. But not only is she feisty, she's resilient, confident, but at times doubt her own strength and abilities to make things happen. It's one of the reason's why Mr. Coach Chris loves her, it's one of the reasons Aunt Helen lef...more
Margaret Metz
This was a nice story with a lot of elements to it. There was some romance - but it wasn't very strong. There was a thread of mystery - but it wasn't huge. It seemed, more or less, to be the ordinary story of a woman trying to sort out where she fit in life and what she wanted to do. Anyone could picture themselves going through the exact same situations.

I didn't read the first book in the series but I didn't feel like that hampered my ability to understand this story. Maybe I would have had a d...more
Terri
This is the second book in this Christian-finding-herself-romance series. Like the Mitford books, the romance in this series builds over a period of time. The characters are interesting, but one of the best parts of the book is the inclusion of a small-town newspaper story at the beginning of each chapter. Only those who have regularly read small-town newspapers can really appreciate the newsworthiness of some of this information. I suppose the storyline is somewhat predictable, which is pretty...more
Nadine
I definitely enjoyed this book more than Gone to Green! Main character Lois Barker has really come into herself! We see more of her working on her faith, which I felt was lacking in book one. There are some relationships that I felt needed more emotion for how they were moving along, but I did start to feel that towards the end of the book. It's easy to fall in love with almost every character in this series. Iris Jo easily tops my favorites list, but Judy is great at making sure that each chara...more
Betty Ost-Everley
This is Judy Christie's second book in the Green Series. I had just finished reading book 1 (a free Kindle download) and liked it so much, I actually bought this one and book #3. It was easy to get back in the story, but I wonder if this would be true for someone who had not read book #1 first? This part of the story line didn't seem nearly as fulfilling to me as book #1. I thought the romance part of the story was lackluster at best and the ending, while I know it is to tee up book #3, wasn't v...more
Clime
It was a little frustrating to read this book, the second in a series, before reading the first. There's a history between the characters that you just don't follow. Of course, that's not the fault of the book, which was a free Amazon download.

That being said, I really enjoyed the book. I love books set in small towns where everyone knows everyone. This fits the bill perfectly. I loved the characters, although some of the situations seemed a little contrived and some of the resolution a bit rus...more
Brittany


I like this book but I almost feel as if the relationships are a bit one-dimensional. This almost reads like a newspaper article....a general summation of what happens in Lois' life according to her perspective, rather than the reader actually experiencing the interactions. I feel like the actual interactions never actually happen- you merely hear about it through narration. I don't really understand any characters except Lois. Although I know their characteristics, it just seems like day to da...more
Terri
I am really liking this cast of characters, it's a cute story. this one was not as quirky as the first. but still a pretty good read for chick-lit
Elaine
read after "Gone to Green" - the first in the series

Goodness Gracious Green continues where Gone to Green leaves off. The Big Boys are up to something when right away they approach Lois expecting to buy back the newspaper they sold her a year ago.

Lois is learning that things are done differently in small towns as opposed to big cities. People know your business and it spreads sometimes quicker than the small newspaper she runs.

One can't help liking these wonderful characters.

In this Kindle fr...more
Sandra
Goodness Gracious Green was a light read. I didn't like the way it felt forced to be a Christian book, nor the jumping around within the story. There were so many times when I thought my ebook was missing lines because the immediate topic/activity/discussion abruptly changed.

I didn't read the first book in the Green series and now I am thinking I probably will not do so. I am curious to know how Lois and Chris end up, but I might just read reviews of the next Green book.

My recommendation: This i...more
Elaine
This book picked up where the first book in the series left off. More mystery and more romance but still not overwhelming on either topic.
I really like that some important issues are being addressed in this series, especially racial prejudice.

There's a lot going on in the little town of Green and I am looking forward to the next installment.
This little town in Louisiana brings back lots of memories of my growing up and living in the South all of my life, so many things that bring back memories....more
Vallyn
Lois Baker fresh off the decision not to sell The Green News-Item and to stay in Green, Louisiana. Lois thinks that life will prefect and "green" with her life decisions she has just made. Then she gets the news that The Green News-Item is on fire, followed not long after by another fire at The Green News-Item, followed not long after by a fire at her house. Not to mention that the McCullers are suing Lois for regain owner ship of The Green News-Item and good things are happening to all of her f...more
Lola4
I couldn't really get into the characters and story. It was a rather empty and skitty-skatty novel, kind of like spending a day chasing bunny trails. There didn't seem to be any real substance helping to pull the many subplots together It may have been designed as just a bridge novel between 1 and 3, seemed like it. I was lukewarm about the first book and hoped the sequel would show improvement, but this sequel was not even that good. Not horrible, but I was just glad to finish and move on to so...more
Babs
Aug 24, 2010 Babs rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Christian Thrillers
Now this was an enjoyable read. Lois is the owner of the local newspaper in Louisiana. The newspaper building catches fire was it an accident or was it on purpose by a few people Lois has made or fired lately. The community comes together in many ways and teaches us all that we can make a big difference in our lives as well as others. I so enjoyed reading this book and the characters were all wonderful and so believable. The ending is one of my favorite parts of the book. I so look forward to re...more
Stacy
Another freebie from Amazon for my Kindle. I had previously downloaded (for free) and read the first in this series "Gone to Green." I really enjoyed that and was so excited and surprised to find that they later offered the second one for free. It picks up right where the first book left off, with our newspaper owner Lois Barker starting her second year in tiny Green Louisiana. I really enjoyed this one as well, and will need to purchase the final one in the trilogy to find out what happens to a...more
Tay
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the first one in the series. This is not a book that can stand alone, so it is very crucial to read the first book in the series before picking this one up in order to follow what is going on.

I wasn't a huge fan of the mystery portion of the book either. It was obvious who was out to get Lois and the way that part of the book unfolded was somewhat weak.

However, I did enjoy watching how the different characters evolved from the first book in the series to t...more
Michele
I just finished the second book in the series. I LOVE IT...the plot is full of twists and turns, the characters are people I would either love or hate, and I like how when things get crazy, the same theme carries through. Stop and wait. God will point you. It's not an overtly religious book, but I like how when the main character gets all stressed out and overwhelmed, like I do, her friends said, Be patient and let Gods plan work. Good advice to stop pushing so hard and find some peace and calm...more
Kristen
I got this as a Free Amazon book- not realizing it was #2 in a series. It was actually not too hard to "catch" up on the characters though. It is about a newspaper editor who inherits a small town newspaper in the south. There is a love interest storyline and a mystery storyline about someone trying to run her out of towm. It was a good read.

I have already borrowed the first in the series- Gone to Green just so I can see how all the character relationships came together.
Teri Pre
Not as good as the first one. It was sometimes hard to tell who was talking. I found certain scenes such as (possible spoilers) (view spoiler) to be skimmed over rather than developed as fully as they could have been. I think it would have been better to go into more depth with each sub-plot and publish more books instead of giving us crumbs.
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Judy Christie is an author and consultant who lives in Northwest Louisiana.

She writes inspirational fiction and nonfiction. Her popular Green series chronicles the goings-on in the small Louisiana town of Green and is part of Abingdon Press’s new inspirational fiction line.

Judy is also the author of the popular Hurry Less, Worry Less nonfiction series, published by Abingdon Press.

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