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Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind: A Novel (original 1999; edition 2000)

by Ann B. Ross

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Title:Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind: A Novel
Authors:Ann B. Ross
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2000), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 288 pages
Collections:Ann B. Ross, Read but unowned

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Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross (1999)


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Synopsis: Miss Julia is newly widowed and is finding that she rather likes being responsible for herself rather than always doing/thinking what her husband has told her. She sees the rest of her life as a comfortable progression of spending money as she likes while maintaining her lofty role in the community. This vision is upset by the arrival of a nine year-old boy on her doorstep who is her husband's son. Although completely crushed, Miss Julia decides that she will' hold up her head and do what's right'. Her community, particularly her preacher, thinks that she should let the church administer her money, as well as tell her how to live. What follows is a kidnapping, the beating of an innocent woman, and finding who her friends really are.
Review: I have trouble liking the main character of this book, although I do understand her attitudes and lifestyle. The awaking of intellect, independence, and humanity this book details makes this a series I want to continue to read. ( )
  DrLed | Oct 16, 2016 |
Another random pick from my library - a fun, easy read. Miss Julia is a classic Steel Magnolia Southern lady!!

I'm working through the series now .. so far consistent and enjoyable ( )
  GeetuM | Jun 3, 2016 |
Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind - Anne B. Ross
3 stars
Recently widowed the proper Miss Julia is confronted with the living evidence of her husband’s infidelity.
Little Lloyd, a waif-like replica of the dear departed, is left on her doorstep by the child’s distracted and desperate mother. Ross creates numerous caricatures of the inhabitants of a small southern town in a way that reminds me of Fannie Flag. The story advances to a predictable ending with mildly amusing mishaps and adventures.
Speaks Her Mind is the first book in the Miss Julia series and the second one that I’ve read. I started this series somewhere in the middle for a reading challenge a few months ago. It didn’t seem to matter that I missed earlier books. Reading this first book did not really give me any new insights into the characters.
This is light, easy reading that provides an occasional chuckle.

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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Timing and expectations were everything when it came to me and my love for this book. After trying it once before after expecting more of a cozy mystery, I was disappointed and didn't end up finishing the book. This go around, I went in expecting a story that was more about Miss Julia and her adjustment period after her husbands death and was pleased with her character to no end. She was sheltered by her husband and was quick to learn how to live with independence and was filled with spunk all the while. She endures a number of trials and tribulations, including a mystery. There is no doubt that as I age myself, I have a new found appreciation for characters such as Miss Julia. ( )
  StephLaymon | Feb 3, 2016 |
Miss Julia's husband recently passed away and left her a rich woman. She's now enjoying getting to do things for herself and speak her own mind. The Hazel Marie Puckett shows up with her son Little Lloyd whose father happens to be Julia's husband. Hazel Marie takes off for beauty school leaving Julia to deal with Little Lloyd and the sudden knowledge that her husband cheated on her. Meanwhile Pastor Ledbetter is trying to get Miss Julia to finance a family center at the church and isn't above using unusual means to get the task accomplished. When a strange preacher shows up and takes Little Llloyd things become more complicated. I enjoy Miss Julia and liked this first novel in the series. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
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Miss Julia, a recently bereaved and newly wealthy widow, is only slightly bemused when one Hazel Marie Puckett appears at her door with a youngster in tow and unceremoniously announces that the child is the bastard son of Miss Julia's late husband. Suddenly, this longtime church member and pillar of her small Southern community finds herself in the center of an unseemly scandal-and the guardian of a wan nine-year-old whose mere presence turns her life upside down.

With razor-sharp wit and perfect "Steel Magnolia" poise, Miss Julia speaks her mind indeed-about a robbery, a kidnapping, and the other disgraceful events precipitated by her husband's death. Fast-paced and charming, with a sure sense of comic drama, a cast of crazy characters, and a strong Southern cadence, Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind will delight readers from first page to last.

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Shortly after the death of her husband, a wealthy Southern widow is visited by an impoverished young woman with a small boy. A mistress? A son? Julia Springer can't believe it, only to discover that the whole town has known for years. But she will rise to the occasion when the boy is kidnaped.… (more)

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