Title: Goodness Gracious Green
Author: Judy Pace Christie
Rating: Two cups of tea (four stars)
I am so in love with this book series. I discovered Judy Pace Christie when I read the first book in this series, Gone to Green. Three books in, Christie has earned her place on my fan-for-life list.
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 in, though, before Lois is wrung out. The former owners of the paper want it back. The mayor’s dog bites her on the face. A series of fires threaten Lois. And while her friends blossom, Lois feels wilted. Although Lois finds fresh hopes turning stale in her second year in Green, in the midst of challenges and lessons, Lois's journey still explodes with possibilities!
One of my favorite things about this series is the theme of community that Christie explores. I found myself identifying with Green and the town almost became a character in itself to me. The full cast of character added that theme without the novel feeling overwhelming. Plus, they’re great mish-mash of characters.
Despite all the characters, Lois definitely stands out and I love the way Christie intertwined all the plotlines but ensuring that Lois was the center of it all. I love Lois’ quirkiness and could identify with her struggles with making tough decisions. I also liked that she had problems, but they were real problems and didn’t have a nice neat Bible verse answer to them.
This is a great contemporary series to read and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.