The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek

From Ginny  Pisciotta
Author:  Jane Myers  Perrine
The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek
The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek is a light-hearted look at small town life.  It focuses on the newly  arrived, newly ordained minister Adam Jordan. As he adjusts to small town life, he must learn to deal with Miss Birdie(who he nicknames “ the pillar”, a kind hearted but pushy and outspoken widow who feels it’s her job to train him in how to be a proper minister.  One of Birdie’s chief jobs as a member of “the widows” is matchmaking.  She takes this role very seriously.  She does not believe ministers, or anyone else of marriageable age for that matter, should be single so Adam must learn to deal with her not so subtle attempts at matchmaking.  Another  of the widows’  pet projects is matching up a marine who lost his leg in Afghanistan and is dealing with post-traumatic stress and depression with a recently divorced physical therapist with 2 sons.

The book maintains a humorous and light-hearted tone, even through sad or serious storylines.  It is similar in substance and style to Phillip Gulley’s Harmony series. You grow to love all the characters, even with their flaws and eccentricities.

The next Butternut Creek novel is titled The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek.

Goodness gracious green

From Ginny Pisciotta
author: Christie, Judy Pace
Goodness gracious green
 The 2nd book in the Green series, Goodness Gracious Green is the story of Lois Barker’s second year as owner of the Green News-Item, a small town paper she inherited in northern Louisiana.  As much as she loves her new life there, she has serious misgivings about her decision to stay after a series of suspicious fires at the paper and her home. With a little romance added to the mix, the book is an enjoyable read.  Like Gone to Green, the first book in the series, the story is somewhat predictable but it holds your attention.  The third book in the series is The Glory of Green.

Gone to Green

From Ginny Pisciotta
author: Christie, Judy
Gone to Green
Lois Barker is an editor for a city newspaper in the Midwest.  She inherits a newspaper in rural Louisiana.  She moves down there hoping to turn the paper around and then sell it so she can return to her corporate lifestyle. She meets an interesting assortment of people, making new friends and enemies as she fights corruption and prejudice, and works to revitalize both the paper and the town.  In the end she must make the choice between her old lifestyle and her new one. Although the plot was somewhat predictable, it was an interesting book that gave me a glimpse into small town life in the south.  I plan on reading the sequel.