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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 rungWill 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!...

Title : Goodness Gracious Green
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ISBN : 9781426700552
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Goodness Gracious Green Reviews

  • adlin
    2019-05-27 19:21

    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 everyone was out to save the immigrants. There were a couple of other annoyances, the least of which is a woman named Kevin. Even by the end of the book, it just didn’t work for me; I couldn’t get past the name. Also, as a happily single woman, it was hard to miss the message being sent that women should be married. By the end of this book, every single woman, with the exception of the two high school girls, were paired up (two engaged to be married) and one of the single women had adopted a baby. Aunt Helen might have been single, but she died in the first book. There was a male reporter at the paper; nothing was done with his love life, though two of the women were paired up with two of the attorneys in the book.This was not a mystery. There tried to be one, but it was painfully obvious who was behind the dastardly deeds. This book couldn’t decide what it was - mystery or romance. It failed at both. In one scene, Lois and another female character are on their way to confront one of the bad guys about the dastardly deeds, but before going inside, while sitting in the car, Lois feels compelled to tell her companion that she’s dating Chris (known and loved by all). Seriously. There is a time and a place for everything and apparently neither the author or Lois know it. I never did identify with or really care about any of the characters. They were either really good or really bad, no in between, though I think the author attempted the in between, but she just didn't pull it off. Someone else who read the book pointed out that every main leader in the community was female. True. Let’s face it - it’s a book aimed at women, however, it’s also set in the South. Then when I thought about it, all the bad guys were men. Though, there were some good men in the book, you know, the perfect boyfriends that apparently were everywhere for the taking.This was a free NookBook, which is why I read it. Sounded better than it was. I won’t be reading any others in this series.

  • Barbara
    2019-06-08 16:06

    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 confused.) So much for the mystery portion of the book.Lois is also pondering her budding romance with Chris, the hunky Christian guy down the road. Will it blossom or not? It does, but in such a juvenile and one-dimensional way that they shouldn't have bothered. To top it off, ALL of the other single female characters - except for the two teenagers - have suddenly also found themselves in relationships that sprung from nowhere and are now engaged or getting married. Even the one successful single female suddenly has an urge to adopt a child and THEN meets a “nice successful guy.” People, the world does not work this way! I’m guessing that Ms. Christie has a gripe against single women. What I disliked the most was the blatant insertion of political proselytizing into the storyline along with Ms. Christie’s veiled opinion that anyone who does not agree with these views is not a good Christian. I’ve been delving into and enjoying Christian fiction more and more since quite a few entries are offered as free selections on my Nook. This book was not one of them. The book was poorly crafted and both the characters and storyline were one-dimensional and predictable.

  • Amy
    2019-06-03 16:16

    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.

  • writer...
    2019-06-04 22:07

    Connecting with the characters and concerns of this Green, Louisiana community provides an interesting weekend reading pastime!

  • Elaine
    2019-05-27 18:34

    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 a short time. I'm just glad it is over.

  • Joan Thompson
    2019-05-27 18:10

    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.

  • Ginger
    2019-05-18 19:31

    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.

  • Brenda
    2019-05-16 16:28

    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 arson. When things start happening that make Lois wonder if someone is out to get her,she starts second guessing her decision to stay in town.I loved this story. The characters seem very real, and the sense of community was great. Lois has some great although quirky offbeat friends that are there for her when she needs them. It seems like her faith is tested often, and she wonders if she is following God's direction for her life, a normal question we all often face. Lois also wonders if she will ever find love and romance, and will her neighbor Chris be the one?The mystery holds your attention and the light romance woven in makes it a great story, smoothly written it will hold your attention to the last pages. I am anxious to read the next book in the series to see where the story between Lois and Chris will go!Even though I was provided a copy of this book by Netgalley it in no way alters my opinion of this book.

  • Julie Graves
    2019-06-10 18:22

    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 it.In the meantime Lois and Chris's relationship is moving forward. It seems that Chris is ready to move on after the death of his wife, and Lois is who he wants to move on with. Lois is a little afraid to move forward in this relationship because she doesn't want to be compared to Chris's first wife. But Green has embraced her for herself and everyone seems to know that she and Chris are destined to be together even if Lois isn't quite sure yet.I really enjoyed this second installment of the series. I love the town of Green and I love how Lois has jumped in with both feet and become so involved in the town. I also love the fact that she doesn't even get the fact of how many people she has helped out. She is too hard on herself as someone pointed out to her. I love all of the relationships she has made and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Deborah
    2019-06-15 18:09

    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 breaking out everywhere and threaten the paper. Somehow, Lois gets her face bitten by the mayor's dog. Feeling like her enthusiasm for her new hometown is wilting, Lois needs some kind of encouragement to convince her she made the right decision. Will everything resolve itself for Lois and Green? Or will the latest developments be too much for her and send her back to Ohio?I enjoyed the continuing story of Lois and all her friends in Green. All the characters are leaving an indelible mark in my mind, and it's going to be hard to forget them. Katy, an up and coming teenage journalist; Alex, the twenty-something official journalist of the paper; Eva, the mayor; Kevin, an African-American doctor and Lois's best friend; Iris, the secretary, the glue that holds it all together, and so many more good people in the wonderful town of Green. You will enjoy the visit.

  • Laura
    2019-06-08 16:27

    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 reinvent herself in a small town. There are the usual array of small town quirky characters, including a female doctor with a male name. That threw me big time - not too many females named Kevin. I went back to double check on the gender. Of course, in this day and age, I guess anything goes. I didn't really connect with these characters, and if this was a mystery (which some allude it as) then it was terribly obvious who was behind the fires from the very first fire. And no one figured it out.... wow. The romance dragged, but if it had to last throughout a five book series, I suppose it needed to be very slow. Overall, it was an okay book. It killed a few hours (as well as a few trees) and was pleasant enough, if predictable. There is no faith message to speak of. 3 stars. I won't be looking up the other books in the series to find out how it ends or develops.

  • Barb
    2019-06-06 18:32

    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 series. I started it the same day I finished Gone To Green. I do appreciate that it is a clean story, nothing in there to make me blush. I'm also a little curious about the spiritual life of the main character who comes into the story with no relationship to Christ. She is gradually drawn into the community church and mentions praying but there is never a conversion experience which gives the reader the impression that if you go to church, be a good citizen and talk God when you need His help that you're saved.

  • Cindy
    2019-05-19 18:09

    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 herself falling in love. Yes, she will stay in Green, and she will figure out who is trying to ruin her and run her out of town. A cute story that will keep you reading from front to back, you will not want to miss this book. I enjoyed how the author showed us the steps of how Lois's faith was tested, and how she responded to that testing. This book truly is a must read. 244 pages US $13.99 4 stars. Learn more about this author and this book series at Thanks to Abingdon press for providing the ARC copy, that this review was written from.

  • Julie
    2019-05-30 17:30

    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. The fact the author slipped in the problems with diversity and religion added flavor to the book.One of the problems I had with this book was that occasionally in a chapter the character skipped around from place to place and time to different time and it was hard to follow. I had to reread to figure out why and where the character was and how things had happened in this chapter. I will definitely read more of this authors books.

  • Janice
    2019-05-29 20:29

    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. Christie has a little more faith-oriented dialogue than last book. The only issue I have is that she wraps up the lawsuit and arsonist angles with a little less mystery, more like an "oh, yeah, and here's how we got out of that one." These characters are fun to visit. Enjoyed the visit to Green.

  • Lorna Nathan
    2019-06-05 19:35

    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 left her a house, it's one of the reason she stood up to Chuck, it's one of the reason her staff adores her and one of the most awesome things ever, its one of the reasons Chris proposed to her the way he did. This book, #2, happens to be my favorite so far. Absolutely love it.

  • Terri
    2019-05-29 16:07

    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 much a characteristic of this type of novel, but the plot is pleasant and tends to remind the reader of the things that are most important in life.B&N free selection

  • Clime
    2019-06-07 20:28

    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 rushed. Still, it was good enough to make me put the first book and following books in my wishlist. And that is saying something.

  • Brittany
    2019-05-21 21:09

    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 day events aren't really recorded. I can't figure out how I feel. I just feel unsatisfied, I suppose.

  • Nadine
    2019-06-07 16:27

    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 character is their own individual. Sometimes a book with so many characters can get difficult to follow, but not in this series. Starting book three now!

  • Betty Ost-Everley
    2019-05-29 21:28

    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 very satisfying. I will go ahead and read book #3, hoping that it will redeem the series for me. If not, the rest of the series will stay at the bookstore.

  • Margaret Metz
    2019-05-16 22:36

    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 deeper connection with the characters if I did though. The writing was good and it had interesting characters.I would suggest this book mainly to fans of women's fiction.

  • Elaine
    2019-06-06 00:32

    read after "Gone to Green" - the first in the seriesGoodness 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 freebie edition, there were some problems with the formatting.

  • Elaine
    2019-05-31 16:31

    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. Loved the ending of this one, I wasn't expecting it so it was a fun surprise!

  • Michele
    2019-05-27 17:35

    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 in every day.

  • Stacy
    2019-06-03 18:14

    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 all of these lovely characters :)

  • Tay
    2019-05-30 00:16

    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 this one.

  • Babs
    2019-05-17 22:06

    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 reading more books by this author.

  • Ane Mulligan
    2019-05-20 17:24

    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 high recommendation.

  • Vallyn
    2019-05-18 23:35

    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 friends while her world in a way is falling apart.