GONE TO GREEN
by Judy Christie

August 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4267-0024-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Abingdon Press
Trade Paperback
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Lois Barker is an editor at a large paper in the Midwest. She is on the corporate ladder, on the way up, and the owner of the paper has as much as promised a promotion to Lois. When her good friend Ed decides to get out of the city and realize his long time dream of owning his own paper, Lois is thrilled, though she wonders how sheíll manage without her good friend.


Itís a bigger surprise when Ed dies unexpectedly from leukemia, and wills the ownership of his new paper to Lois. Lois wants to give it up; she wants to move up the corporate ladder. She does not want to move to Green, Louisiana and own her own paper. So, Lois is majorly shocked when she hears herself tell the owner of the city paper that she is going to commit career suicide and head south to take care of Edís dream.


The paper is not at all what Lois expected. Twelve employees, total. A ramshackle building. A rat-infested house thrown in to sweeten the deal. Now, Lois must battle prejudice and financial corruption, and makes friendsóand enemiesówith a host of people who will change her life. Will Lois fulfill her yearís obligation to Edís paper and stay, or will she run to the first city paper to offer her a way out?


Gone to Green is Ms. Judy Christieís debut novel, but she is no stranger to daily newspapers. She brings that knowledge to good stead in Gone to Green, a story to is completely set around the news.


This new book, the first contemporary Iíve read by this new publishing house, doesnít have quite the same impact as the first historical Iíve read by this company, but it still provides plenty to think about, entertainment, and realistic characters that the readers will love. Iíve enjoyed getting to know Lois, and the townsfolk of Green, and even the reporters and editors in the city paper that Lois left. Gone to Green is a novel to consider. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book.


Reviewed in July 2009 by Laura.

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