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Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind
Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind
Author: Ann B. Ross
ISBN-13: 9780739420447
ISBN-10: 0739420445
Publication Date: 1990
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 6
I loved this book! Although a light read and very funny, the characters were strongly drawn, and I could practically visualize them. There are some witty "home truths," a thoroughly southern viewpoint, and engaging characters. I'm so pleased that Miss Julia is not a one book wonder, but appears again and again! I'm looking forward to them all.
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Helpful Score: 6
Love Miss Julia.Sh'e practical, down to earth and a hoot!
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Helpful Score: 4
This novel employs traditional Southern Humor, tonal variety and psychological truth. An interesting take on gender, race and family in the south.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is a fun, madcap book for light reading. There are a few surprises in it and I enjoyed reading it.
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Helpful Score: 3
A light whimsical read.....very enjoyable
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Helpful Score: 3
Charming and amusing with a very likable main character. A good read on a summers day.
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Helpful Score: 3
I'd give this book six stars if possible, it was a joy to read, can't believe I never caught this series until now.

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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Helpful Score: 2
This book is a rather poignant, funny, entertaining book about a elderly southern lady and how her life has to change because of her husband's death. There are surprises, good and bad, for Miss Julia.

The book is written well, but it takes some imagination to think that someone in this day and age would be as naive as Miss Julia.

I read the first two books in the series and won't read any more since they are predictable. After reading just a bit of the second book, the plot, characters and outcome are pretty obvious. While there are some surprises, there aren't enough for this reader to follow the series any further.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was very good light reading. It is wonderful to see the transformation in Miss Julia after her husband dies. She completely listened to him and did everything he asked her to do. She finally finds herself after his death. His death brings a heap of events into Miss Julia's life.
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Delightful southern fiction. I loved it.
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This was a wonderful Book
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Very good book in this series.
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Finally a series I know I will enjoy! LoveAnn Ross and her depiction of the.small Christian community in the souring. Exactly as I remembered it growing up.
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If you like the writing of Fannie Flagg (Fried Green Tomatoes)and Alexander McCall Smith (The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency), you will enjoy this book. It is well written, light in spirit, and even has a surprise ending.
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Wonderful story of 67-year-old widow coming into her own after spending her life living under a man's thumb, first her father's and then her husband's. Go Miss Julia!
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This book was a gift. My mother really enjoyed it.
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Loved this light-hearted book! Even more enjoyable since one of the main characters shares my maiden name! I knew my family was a little nuts ... this just confirms it! lol
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Delightful! Life after 50 couldn't be more interesting!!! (first of a series)
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This is a wonderful book - full of southern charm and wit!!!
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I LOVE THE MISS JULIA SERIES! CAN'T WAIT FOR HER NEW ONE TO COME OUT NEXT YEAR. ANN ROSS PUTS YOU THERE IN MISS JULIA'S LIVING ROOM! YOU EASILY ENVISION EACH AND EVERY CHARACTER IN HER BOOKS. SIMPLY WONDERFUL. A PERFECT MIX OF SOUTHERN CHARM, HUMOR, CONTROVERSY AND A LITTLE ADVENTURE THROWN IN FOR EXCITEMENT! A DEAR FRIEND INTRODUCED ME TO THIS SERIES AND I HAVE IN TURN INTRODUCED SEVERAL OTHERS TO IT. MISS JULIA IS DEFINITELY A GREAT READ!
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I am loving this series! Can't wait to get the next one!!
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Excellent book. Great characters
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Love, love, love all her books! They really pick me up and give me lots of good laughs.
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Fast-paced and funny. Great Southern humor.
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Funny story and an easy read - Miss Julie is opinionated and stubborn but fiesty too.
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First in the series - wonderful read!
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Very entertaining, didn't want to put it down. An enjoyable story and quite believable. A+ to Ann B. Ross.
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An upstanding member of the community suddenly finds that her recently deceased husband was not all that she thought he was. He has left her an ex-girlfriend, a step-son and a mystery surrounding his estate.

My 90 year old mother loved this book and she is reading the rest of the series.

Myself, I found the book to be silly and slow, but to each his own.
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I loved this book. I'm definately going to read the others in the series!
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This is the first in the "Miss Julia" series and the introduction of characters - ongoing and short term - is a sheer delight to read!
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Loved the feistiness of Miss Julia from the get-go! In general I liked the book, but did think the plot went a bit over the top in the second half. Glad I read it, but hesitate to read the series as I fear the characters will start to seem silly and superficial. Nevertheless, a fun read.
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What a great book! I love the Southern humor! Can't wait to read the next Julia book!
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A great start to a series. She is everything a strong southern woman should be. The plot takes some turns you wouldn't expect, but it makes for a light and fun read.
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Well, I thought this book was okay. The main character was likable, as many people mentioned, but I found it very predictable and unrealistic. A quick summer read though if you're looking for something kind of brainless.
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This book is hilarious and a laugh from the beginning to the end. I did not realize that an old woman could get in so much trouble. Worth while reading if you want to have a good laugh.
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This was such a good book. A little like the Father Tim Series.Miss Julia ia around 60 and unexpectedly becomes a widow of a wealthy Presbiterian decon. She finds out he has been having an affair for many years when the (lady) drops off his son for safe keeping and doesn't come back.It is written funny and really holds your interest as Miss J. and her housekeeper Lillianm go abt. the process of holding their head up again and keeping the preacher and others from trying to get her money.
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Charming comedic novel of widow living in North Carolina adjusting to revelations about deceased husband. Events pile one on top of the other as she handles things for the first time all by herself. Multiple characters introduced in colorful detail. Reads very quickly yet packs a punch of positivity. I enjoyed this 1st in the series. Is a classic example of spunky southern women in a small town dealing with life.
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Miss Julia is a recently bereaved widow discovering her personal freedom after years of marriage to a dominating Southern gentleman. She soon learns that her husband left a few surprises besides his financial wealth. You will enjoy how she outwits her neighbors and the church going community some who think that she is an easy target and have their own plans for her inheritance. This is the first book in a series and I enjoyed getting to know the crazy comic characters. I am looking froward to the arrival of book # 2 from PBS.
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I really enjoyed this book. Fast read, funny, heartbreaking. Miss Julia sounds like a "hoot" of a lady!! Alot of twist but it turns out great in the end!
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Love this series. Lighthearted and interesting.Should have read this one before the others. HIghly recommend.
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Miss Julia is an older widow who finds out her late husband left her with the discovery of an unknown son and an old girlfriend. Miss Julia makes some surprise decisions.
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Miss Julia is a proper Southern lady, and a recent widow who came out of a proper marriage to a staid and proper gentleman. Little does she know that the dull husband she thought she knew had a secret. That is, until the day a woman leaves a nine year old boy on her doorstep who looks a whole lot like her late husband!
This book is a whole lot of laughs, with gossipy neighbors, a conniving preacher, a kindly lawyer, and a woman who isn't going to take pity from ANYONE. Read this and meet Miss Julia, a lady with a backbone of steel, and a surprisingly kindly heart.
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Relaxing, amusing read.
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The first novel in the series of Miss Julia. I absolutely loved this book. I intend to read all the rest too. What a joy to read!
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Great read! Finished it the day after I received it.
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Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind is the first of the Miss Julia series. This amusing book introduces you to the newly widowed Miss Julia Springer. Suddenly a woman named Hazel Marie shows up on her door step with a boy claiming the child is the late Mr. Springer's son. The money hungry preacher from Miss Julia's church and a televangelist who is Hazel Marie's uncle is after the late Mr. Springer's money. Between trying to protect the boy and his money, Miss Julia has to deal with the infidelity that her husband has been participating in for years.

This book should be read first because it explains the characters in the book. It will help you understand what is going on in the rest of the series.
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Charming, witty, funny! First in the "Miss Julia" series. A newly widowed, wealthy senior is faced with her husband's infidelity when his mistress deposits his son (9 years old) on her front door for safekeeping. Miss Julia is faced with many offers to "help take care of her" whether she needs it or not. What ensues is an enjoyable read that will have you chuckling out loud at times.
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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.
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Wonderful example of Southern Fiction. All of the Miss Julia books are great.
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Miss Julia, a wealthy widow, is confronted by her late husband's mistress and his illegitimate son. This isn't what she was prepared to handle!
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This is the 4th book in the Miss Julia series
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homespun appeal offers an intersting take on gender, race and family in the south
"publisher's weekly"
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I loved the Southern Charm of this story. Ms Julia is a real gem.
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The first in the Miss Julia series, this is a wonderful story filled with southern charm and delightful characters!
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Very good book,southern tones,can't wait to read the next one
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Miss Julia has lost her good Christian husband. Suddenly she finds out he was not so Christian when she is presenthis illegitimate son.Very good book
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Miss Julia is a very funny lady. Make sure you catch all of her exploits.
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She is so funny.
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Loved the whole series to date. Miss Julia as a widow becomes her own person for the first time in her over-60 life (exact age never clear - as befitting a Southern gentlewoman). But she has plenty of ideas on how to run her own life and those of several other people!! Her values are challenged on several issues but she deals with them all and more! Witty, charming and a change of pace.
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Fast and funny read.
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Very well written book about an older lady down in the south and her life due to unexpected circumstances that happen in her older years. Keeps you turning pages and enjoying and wondering what will happen next.
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This book is light-hearted and full of funny stories and tales of Miss Julia. This book is part of a series of Miss Julia adventures.
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I enjoyed this book a lot, Ms Jula is a very sassy lady and I liked her.
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Miss Julia is a clever and entertaining Southern heroine, of a certain age. This is the first in a series.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Interesting and realistic characters, solid story line, happy ending.
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Just okay. If I have time I will read the next one. Or, if I am curious enough I will read it. Kind of predictable, but I do like Miss Julia. The picture of Miss Julia I have in my mind does not match the Miss Julia on the front cover. She looks about 40 there.
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Humorous, fast-paced story about the South. Interesting plot. Relly enjoyed the book.
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This book will delight readers from page one to the end because of homespun appeal,and Southern humor,and psychological truth
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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 annopunces the child is the bastard son of Miss Julia's late husband. Suddenly... ...the guardian of a wan nine-year-old whose mere presence turns her life upside down. 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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This is a charming novel. "A witty tale...replete with charm...it was impossible not to like this book. I enjoyed thos book and found it to be a great read.
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A true southern story. It tells the story of just how strong and proud we really can be.
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This is the first in the Miss Julia series. A great beach read.
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Miss Julia is feisty, and has a good measure of both humor and common sense. Some of her insights on men and love and life are both wise and laugh-out-loud funny. The plot of the story, however, bogs down in the middle, and not even Miss Julia can rescue it.
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"Along with homespun appeal, the novel offers an interesting take on gender, race, and family in the south; it's fast-paced and funny." --Publishers Weekly
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First of the "Miss Julia southern mystery" series; for fans of Fannie Flagg, the WandaNell Culpepper "Trailer Park" mysteries by Jimmie Ruth Evans, and the British Ellie Quicke mysteries by Veronica Heley.

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 9-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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Always fun to read a Miss Julia! A real treat!
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From Publishers Weekly: "Charming Southern eccentrics breathe life into a predictable story of a proper Presbyterian wife ("Miss Julia") who finds her true self after the sudden death of her husband of 44 years, wealthy but parsimonious banker Wesley Lloyd Springer. Julia is becoming accustomed to the role of rich widow when another shock intrudes: Hazel Marie Puckett appears on the front porch wearing "heels too high, a dress too short, and hair too yellow," with a nine-year-old boy in tow whose "eyes were so much like Wesley Lloyd's it was like looking at her husband before she ever met him." Hazel Marie is on her way to beauty school in Raleigh, N.C., since Wesley senior left no provision for her support, and Miss Julia realizes that she must take her husband's "last legacy" into her home. Meanwhile, her inheritance attracts a variety of small-town opportunists, beginning with Pastor Ledbetter, who insinuates that her departed husband planned to leave his money to the church, then enlists the aid of "Christian psychologist" Dr. Fred Fowler to prove Miss Julia's incompetence in a court of law. Ross's characters resist their stereotypical outlinesAMiss Julia's black maid, Lillian, might talk like a character from Gone with the Wind, but she provides the strategy for retrieving Little Lloyd Jr. when he's abducted by Hazel Marie's shifty uncle, Brother Vern, a televangelist who also has designs on Miss Julia's money. Miss Julia's luck turns when, ransacking the pantry for Lillian's cache of Oreos, she comes across a Winn-Dixie sack secreted by Little Lloyd, which contains a new will and testament from the dead Lloyd Sr. Along with its homespun appeal, the novel offers an interesting take on gender, race and family in the South; it's fast-paced and funny despite Ross's persistent asides to readers and reference to serious issues (the church's stance on homosexuality and abortion). In the end, Miss Julia's prim self-absorption gives way and she begins to "feel like a real person, saying what she was thinking instead of packing it down inside." Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I love all of Miss Julia's adventures and this one was an enjoyable read.
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I love reading Ann B. Ross's books, they are so funny.
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Miss Julia is a recent and wealthy widow with strong opinions and an iron backbone which she needs when her late husband's mistress descends
on her with nine year old boy in hand. Miss Julia finds herself in the middle of a scandal and trouble with a capital T.