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Gone to Green (Green #1)

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In Gone to Green, Lois goes from being a corporate journalist at a large paper in the Midwest to the owner of The Green News-Item, a small twice-weekly newspaper in rural North Louisiana. 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.

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Published August 1st 2009 by Abingdon Press (first published 2009)
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LeAnne
Lois Barker is not Father Tim, but if you felt at home in Jan Karons Mitford, you will love the lively characters in Judy Christies 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 t ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Gone to Green by Judy Christie is the first book in the Green series, which looks to be a load of fun! Lois Barker is stunned to find her life turned upside down after the death of a good friend and co-worker who left her a small newspaper in Green, Louisiana, along with a stipulation that she keep it for at least a year. Lois leaves her feature editor position in Dayton, Ohio for smalltown Cajun country that is still fighting prejudice as well as inertia. The paper had been run by a team of goo ...more
Brenda
Feb 14, 2010 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where do I start? I was sick yestereday when I picked up this book and spent the day reading on the couch. It was a great little Christan fiction story with a hlot of factsion thrown in about an actual newspaper experience. The plot was done well, there was a lot of humor, the book kept me more interested than tv the entire day and I wanted to finish it to see where and how the author finished the entire story off. I wish I had the next book in the series, I believe she has one out or coming out ...more
Kristina Smith
GONE TO GREEN is the first of five books by the author regarding the small town of Green, Louisiana. In this first installation, Lois Barber, a news editor in the bustling town of Dayton, Ohio, is offered the chance to be the owner of the Green News-Item, a small newspaper in Green, LA. Only one catch: she has to stay for at least one year. Lois' adventures (told mostly by her and in the third person) as she adjusts to the climate, the people, and the nuances of Southern living make for an inter ...more
Holly
A delightful read! It takes place in a fictional small town located in North Louisiana. Lois suddenly inherits a small town newspaper there and has to run it for 1 year according to the will. Quite a culture shock for a 30 something city editor working in Dayton, Ohio. The author, Judy Christie, captures small town life with out making everyone out to look like a bunch of hicks. So Lois has to pack up and move to Green, LA and run The Green News-Item for one year, make it profitable and then sh ...more
Chelsea Gray
Aug 22, 2012 Chelsea Gray rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I did not like this book! I can't believe so many people have rated this 4 or 5 stars! Just because its a Christian book doesn't mean it's a very good one. It could not hold my attention at all! As you may see, it took me almost a month to read it when on average, I finish a book within a couple days. I felt that there were A TON of missing details! To this moment, I still have no idea as to what ANY of the characters look like! SO FRUSTRATING! I really don't see how people were so mov ...more
Laura
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was interesting and I feel like the author included lots of little tidbits about creating a newspaper, which I loved. It had lively characters and a good premise. I also felt that the ending was a bit abrupt and could have been played out a little better. One other thing that bothered me was that there was a woman preacher in this book. It bothers me because it is not a part of my belief system. Man is supposed to be the head of the church as set forth in 1 Corinthi ...more
Myra Johnson
Gone to Green is a charming story about a big-city newspaper woman who inherits a small-town paper. Lois Barker has no choice but to slow down her fast-paced life as she reorients herself to life in rural Louisiana. Along the way she meets some quirky characters and a few not-so-nice ones, too. This is an easy and enjoyable read about a woman on a journey of both physical and spiritual dimensions. Author Judy Christie had beautifully captured the atmosphere and setting. Her characters will creep ...more
Julie Graves
Jul 09, 2016 Julie Graves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lois Barker works for a big-city newspaper. Lois is in her 30's and never been married. Busy with her job she doesn't have time for anything else. When a co-worker dies he leaves her his newspaper he just purchased in Green, Louisiana. Moving to Green, Lois gives herself one year to get the newspaper ready to sell. Slowly Lois settles in to small town life. She develops friendships like she has never had before. She becomes involved in community efforts and she manages to tick off some of the bi ...more
Joleen
The story is about a woman named Lois who has been working at a good sized newspaper in Dayton. When a good friend and co-worker dies and leaves her a newspaper he had recently purchased, Lois finds herself quitting her big city job and heading to a very small town in Louisiana named Green.

To be honest I can't say whether or not I liked this book. I learned far more about the newspaper business than I cared to know. Seemed like quite a bit of the first part of the book was about the newspaper b
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Connie Davis Johnson
Although I think the writer has talent, she had way too many anticlimactic points in the story. I was amazed at how there were several chances to build tension and convey serious emotion but instead she would wrap up in 2 to 3 lines. There was a point when a dangerous man was coming toward her in a parking lot when suddenly someone came out of a store across the street. The next line had the police there. Very disappointed and would not recommend. Guess you get what you pay for - it was free.
Katie
Aug 15, 2009 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me a little. I was expecting a light girly read, but instead found something with a bit more substance. The book had a lot of religion and faith in it, but not in a pushy way. The author writes in an almost business-like manner, getting right to the point; a sentence contains a lot of information and in a paragraph the time line advances a lot, but somehow it all works.
Betty
Sep 19, 2012 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fun! Loved every page...first book I've read whose setting is at a newspaper..Great character development; fun story, lots of intrigue with just a teeny bit of romance. On to book #2...hoping for more romance. This is a great story by itself even if you don't want to get into a series. It wraps up perfectly... No cliff hangers that force you to buy book 2. Very well done.
Amanda
Apr 27, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Promising first book in a series that has a little Mitford about it. Smart to giveaway the first in the series for free.
Luisa
Jun 10, 2012 Luisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Kindle freebie and another pleasant surprise. The book was entertaining, and to my surprise, it's kinda of a Christian chick lit, which was funny and sorta weird. The pace and the language were crisp, the plot was good, and all the religiousness wasn't cloying, just sort of inspirational.
Bill Tillman
This is a very gripping book. Follow Lois as she comes to Green and comes to terms with this small charming town. A must read.
Mary
Feb 10, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
nice, quick gentle read
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 flummoxe
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Sue
Dec 20, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, go
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Loraine
SUMMARY:

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 Ka
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Autumn Blues Reviews
Jan 24, 2011 Autumn Blues Reviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Truly an Inspiration Gone to Green will pull at your heart strings and reveal to you how the choices you make in this journey called life and the paths you choose affect so many people.

In Gone to Green find out how Lois a corporate journalist at a large paper who is moving up in the company unexpectedly ends up working for a small town paper after an inheritance from a close colleague. Lois must keep the company for at least a year and suddenly she finds herself battling town prejudices and inn
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Beverly Frisby
Mar 12, 2011 Beverly Frisby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Gone to Green” is Judy Christie’s debut novel and book one of "The Green Series." The book centers around Lois Barker who is on the management staff of a big city newspaper. Lois unexpectedly inherits ownership of a newspaper in the rural town of Green, Louisiana. But there’s a catch – she has to live in Green for a year before she can sell the newspaper.
Ms. Christie vividly paints a picture of small-town life with characters that are realistic and memorable. The novel weaves in a message of f
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Dana
Oct 05, 2013 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Told in the first person Lois Barker lives in a mid city Dayton, Ohio as a single, news desk reporter who doesn't seem to know what she wants in life. While on a lunch break her friend/co-worker Ed, tells her he has just bought a newspaper in the tiny North Louisiana, Boeuf parish, of Green. Upon relating the exciting news about the purchase Ed collapses, and within 2 months he dies of Leukemia.

Lois is devastated by her friend's sudden death, and is bewildered by the news that she has inherited
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Deborah
Jun 26, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lois is a corporate journalist that just got a reality check. Forced to put her job on hold, she sets off for the small town of Green, Louisiana to run a small paper that publishes only two editions a week. She inherited The Green News-Item unexpectedly from a close colleague, and being that the poor man died before he could achieve his small town dream, she is reluctant to just sell it off before giving it a chance. Committing to an entire year in Green, Lois sets about finding her place as the ...more
George McVey
Apr 19, 2012 George McVey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Gone to Green, Lois goes from being a corporate journalist at a large paper in the Midwest to the owner of The Green News-Item, a small twice-weekly newspaper in rural North Louisiana. 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.

Personally I really liked this book. The changes that Lois goes through learning to adjust to life in a small southern town after living
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Lauren
Oct 13, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this for free as a Kindle freebie. I wasn't expecting much. I will say the story, the town and the protagonist were interesting enough for me to finish the book.
However, two things tickled my brain: 1) this is the first in a series!! I had no idea from the description or even the sense of the book until the last chapter. 2) this is Christian "Chick Lit" - which I don't have a problem with per se, but again unexpected.

Over all: the idea of a medium sized town newsreporter moving to
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Grace
Jul 01, 2012 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Judy Christie
Title: Gone to Green
Description: Lois inherits a small-town newspaper (in Green, La.) and moves there to take over running the bi-weekly publication. She has been working in a large city newsroom, so she has to make adjustments: to a small town, to being the boss, and to living in the south, for starters.
Review source: I got the first four volumes of this series from the author last year at ALA. There is now a fifth volume.
Plot: Involves Lois meeting the citizens of Green a
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Nicki
Dec 24, 2014 Nicki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book better than most Christian novels that I've read. It isn't preachy at all. It's a little predictable but a satisfying story to read. One thing I'd like to ask this author and many other female Christian authors is why they emphasize the appearance of the main character so much. There were a few too many mentions of the character's "thin" appearance and figure.
Jane
Sep 26, 2011 Jane rated it it was amazing
Reading this book I feel like a learned how a newspaper business operates. Living in a small town myself I could so relate to the Community. As this summer here was in the 100s, I could relate to the heat of Louisiana.

Lois Barker takes over a newspaper willed to her by her friend who worked with her in big city. He bought the paper and then got Leukemia. So he willed it to her and she had to operate it for a year.

In this story, you can see God's plan unfold in circumstance after circumstance. Lo
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Jessie Weaver
Dec 31, 2014 Jessie Weaver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lois Barker is happily climbing the ladder to success in the newspaper business when her close friend at the paper suddenly dies and Lois finds herself the heir to the small-town paper he had just purchased. Determined to honor her friend and urged by an unknown voice that says, 'Go,' Lois relocates to Green, Louisiana - a far cry from the Ohio town where she's been working.

One review compared Lois to the biblical Jonah, running from God, and I found that a fitting metaphor. Christie does a wond
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Barbara
Jun 21, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked about this book was that it wasn't "dripping" with southern drool. The main character had some problems assimilating into the culture but was able to in the end. Some may think that a "northerner" came in and saved the day. I would think this type of attitude would be welcome no matter where you're from. In my opinion, the "northerner" merely had fresh eyes and decided that corruption had gone on long enough. I must say that, in my mind, the author did gloss over the ramifications o ...more
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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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