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Goodness Gracious Green (Green #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,525 Ratings  ·  128 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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press (first published 2010)
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Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I tended to like the first book better. With this one, the mystery was easy to figure out and the romance was predictable. I liked it enough to continue on with the third book, but overall it was just OK.
Connecting with the characters and concerns of this Green, Louisiana community provides an interesting weekend reading pastime!
May 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read - hooked!

I am definitely hooked on this series. Great writing, well edited, and written in an engaging style. Keeps me waiting to read more.
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Julie Graves
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Lois Barker has been in Green for a year now and has made it her home. She has settled into her life in Green and things seem to be going smoothly. That is until Chuck and Dub decide that they want their newspaper back! They don't like the way Lois is running the paper so they offer to buy it back from her. When Lois refuses, they start a lawsuit against her. At the same time mysterious fires start occurring at the paper. Lois knows that Chuck and Dub are behind the fires, she just can't prove i ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the series - and readers will want to read book one Gone to Green first as it does not stand alone. There are also a lot more books than I expected in this series! In order they are:
Gone to Green, GOODNESS GRACIOUS GREEN, The Glory of Green, Rally 'Round Green, and Downtown Green. I have only read book one, so am not basing my opinion of this book on the series as the whole.

Written in first person, GOODNESS GRACIOUS GREEN is about a big city reporter trying to reinven
Aug 05, 2011 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
Oct 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it

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
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
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
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, on-hold
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
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Ane Mulligan
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
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
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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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