Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

A Novel

Book - 1999
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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 kidnapped
Publisher: New York : William Morrow and Co., 1999.
ISBN: 9780688167882
0688167888
9780688177751
0688177751
Call Number: ROSS
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Southern writing.
North Carolina -- Fiction.
Illegitimate children -- Fiction.
Widows -- Fiction.
Springer, Julia (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.

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Rubicat
Mar 30, 2017

I was completely put off by Miss Julia - I tried to remember that she was from an earlier time, but so am I. I was impatient with her naivete and most especially with her reliance on her church and pastor - my experiences, without exception, have shown that people who proclaim their christianity are mean-spirited and nasty, willing to excuse themselves any sin while loudly pointing out their suspicions of everyone else. This goes double for the clergy. Anyway, her snobby attitude, also dictated by her parents, then her husband, was also disgusting. She was beginning to morph into more of a human being by the end of the book but any comparisons to Ms. Ross's writing to Fannie Flagg's is just plain wrong - Flagg is warm and funny and a real love for her fellow man is evident while Miss Julie exudes small-mindedness and a level of stupidity I cannot imagine in one who lives without a guardian. YUK.

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Russ_A
May 24, 2016

Miss Julia is a recently widowed woman of a certain age living in a conservative North Carolina town. She has been accustomed to doing whatever her autocratic banker husband told her to do and think whatever he told her to think. Suddenly wealthy, she doesn’t even know how to write a check, much less balance a checkbook, and there are plenty of people eager to help her decide where her money should be applied. Then a young woman, a bit rough around the edges, shows up at her door with a child in tow, deposits him with Miss Julia, and takes off, leaving by way of explanation only a few words about the boy being fathered my Miss Julia’s deceased husband.

The story is at times cute, at times suspenseful, and at times farcical. Miss Julia turns out to be more discerning than we are first led to believe, but she is not entirely likeable. The young boy is clearly her husband’s child and her initial disdain is understandable, but she can be unnecessarily cold to him. Her cook/housekeeper Lillian, a rather stereotyped black woman, is the one in the household with the most warmth and common sense. Soon there is a kidnapping of sorts and the boy’s mother goes missing. The greedy pastor is trying to have Julia declared incompetent so that a guardian can be appointed, and, presumably, donate the money to the church as the dead banker would have wished. How will it all resolve?

The book was mildly amusing throughout, but the nympho part was too ridiculous to swallow. You’ll roll your eyes when you get there. It wasn’t good enough to make me want to read more in the series, but it was good enough to make three stars.

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SherryD_0
Apr 16, 2016

Funny. Inconsistent, though. Is Miss Julia spunky and smart, or stupid and silly? The author should have made up her mind. Is this the fifties or the nineties?

soblessed59 Mar 26, 2015

Yesterday I read~Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross Funny,and had great twists and turns,plus such a true picture of some of the worst elements that can be found in the Church and some who profess to be Christians, including pastors!

Only missed being a 5-star read,because I didn't feel that that Miss Julia's characteristics were consistent at all,the part where she was accused of being a Nymphomanic was beyond stupid/ridiculous,and lastly....I felt she was too hard-hearted towards the little boy in the beginning.

Otherwise-a great read that grabbed me early on.Loved her cook/friend Lillian,her attorneys and the deputy sheriff.

rowanquincy Dec 20, 2013

The main character alternates between being very capable and very foolish. The plot just doesn't make sense.

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8217549
Jul 12, 2012

can't wait to get second book

mtnigh Aug 13, 2011

very poorly written, am truly surprised the author is and PhD English prof., one of the few books I could not finish, the start is way too slow and towards the end the main figure takes an incredibly stupid action, totally out of character

bec314wis Jun 10, 2011

Really liked this book! So excited that it's the first in a series! I almost didn't get the book because the cover looks boring, but trust me, the book is far from boring!

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heather333
May 06, 2010

Laugh-out-loud funny story about an extremely proper Southern widow who suddenly finds herself at the heart of a scandal. I love this book and I recommend it all the time.

samdog123 Sep 26, 2008

First in this mystery series and it's very entertaining. Full of lots of down home southern style humour. Reminds me of Fannie Flagg, who actually recomments the book on the back cover!

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May 19, 2012

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | August 10, 2000 | Trade Paperback

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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