Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tea and Read: The Glory of Green

Title: The Glory of Green
Author: Judy Pace Christie
Rating: Two cups of tea (four stars)

The Glory of Green the third book in the Green series and certainly as enjoyable as the rest. I am so enjoying this series and enjoying reading about Lois’ adventures in Green.

Wedding plans are underway, and Lois Barker is figuring out how gracefully to get rid of her groom's catfish collection - stuffed, ceramic, woven. her husband-to-be Chris, on the other hand, has decided to get rid of something else--his homestead, which he is giving to a needy Mexican family at church. Life is full of possibilities...and the community of Green is tickled pink that their newspaper owner is settling down with one of their own.

Sometimes with a series, the quality of the writing decreases with every book, but not this series. Refreshingly, the opposite is true. It seems that Christie has packed more of an emotional punch to this story with a few unexpected plot twists.

This installment features the same cast of characters, but I must applaud Christie’s ability to grow the characters in small increments. No one, including Lois, is the same as they were in the first book, but they are not so different that they seem like new characters. They are the same characters I’ve grown to love, just slightly improved.

Christie does a great job of highlighting the quirkiness of life in a small town and the unique ways they approach their problems. I love the fact that Lois seems stronger now, more sure of herself. That’s the way that a good heroine should be.

One more thing I like about this series is it makes you want to read them all. Many series I’ve read are written to be stand-alone installments. I do recommend that you read the other books in the series to get a full picture of the workings of Green. I don’t believe you’ll be lost if you don’t read the books out of order, but I do believe you’ll be missing out on a great series if you don’t. 

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