Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Gone to Green by Judy Christie -- DNF

I read about three chapters of this book and knew there was no way I was going to be able to finish it right now. My reading time is so scarce right now, that I can't spend it reading books that don't instantly captivate me and have writing techniques that irritate me. I feel awful saying that, because I might give this book a go another time. Now is not that time.

The main reason I had to set this book down is because the first person narrative flow was all disjointed. One minute I was smack dab in the middle of a scene, and then suddenly the next few paragraphs were describing the following months. That drives me crazy! The back and forth in one chapter just didn't work for me.

I may return to this at a later date, but for now it's a DNF.

BUT!! here's the publisher's synopsis:
Lois goes from being a corporate journalist at a large paper in the Midwest to the owner of The Green News-Item, a small twice-weekly newspaper in rural North Louisiana. The paper was an unexpected inheritance from a close colleague, and Lois must keep it for at least a year, bringing a host of challenges, lessons, and blessings into her life.

When Lois pulls into Green on New Year’s Day, she expects a charming little town full of smiling people. She quickly realizes her mistake. After settling into a loaned house out on Route 2, she finds herself battling town prejudices and inner doubts and making friends with the most surprising people: troubled teenager Katy, good-looking catfish farmer Chris, wise and feisty Aunt Helen, and a female African-American physician named Kevin.

Whether fighting a greedy, deceitful politician or rescuing a dog she fears, Lois notices the headlines in her life have definitely improved. She learns how to provide small-town news in a big-hearted way and realizes that life is full of newsworthy moments. When she encounters racial prejudice and financial corruption, Lois also discovers more about the goodness of real people and the importance of being part of a community.

While secretly preparing the paper for a sale, Lois begins to realize that God might indeed have a plan for her life and that perhaps the allure of city life and career ambition are not what she wants after all.



Pam said...

Mmm sounds too tricky for me. Maybe when I have more time/a smaller TBR list. (Note: the possibility of either of these things happening in the near future does not look good!)

Sandy Nawrot said...

These things happen. More than once in the last month or two was I tempted to set the thing aside for a more patient, less harried Sandy. Life is too short.

bermudaonion said...

I'm sure you don't have much time to read right now, so you do need to enjoy what you're reading. Sorry this wasn't it.

Anonymous said...

I read the book in one sitting and loved it! Hope you go back to it soon. You will love the ending.

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