Southern gentleman Wesley Lloyd Springer passes away and leaves his wife two legacies: his sizable estate and his bastard son. Now this longtime pillar of the community finds herself in the center of an unseemly scandal--and the guardian of a wan nine-year-old whose mere presence will turn her life upside down.Southern gentleman Wesley Lloyd Springer passes away and leaves his wife two legacies: his sizable estate and his bastard son. Now this longtime pillar of the community finds herself in the center of an unseemly scandal--and the guardian of a wan nine-year-old whose mere presence will turn her life upside down.Read Less
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Nov 30, 2008
60 Something And Just Beginning
Miss Julia is a proper southern lady, a recent widow, and is just beginning to learn about the realities of her life. She tackles this new life head-on with spirit and enthusiasm. You will enjoy her tale and her spunk as she takes on all the lies and mis-directions of her life. Not only that you will laugh. This was an easy, quick read that will make you want more - so thank goodness this is only the first of a series. I've already ordered several more!
Sep 4, 2008
This is a wonderful book and it is an easy read. I would highly recommend this book for its humor and savy remarks.
Mar 13, 2008
A DELIGHTFUL READ
For a funny, laugh-out-loud book that makes you feel refreshed after reading you'll enjoy Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind. She is such an enjoyable character (and a character she is). Always trying to do the right thing, Miss Julia, by speaking her mind and doing what she feels is right, often ends up in a sea of trouble. You can easily relate to her especially if you are 60+. However, any age would enjoy reading this book of a proper lady who always finds herself on the wrong side of the law just by trying to help others. This is the first in a series of "Miss Julia" and I can't wait to read the rest. It's always fun to laugh out loud while reading a book. Highly recommended.
Dec 2, 2007
Easy and Fun
If you are tired of reading heavy non-fiction, educational tomes, switch to some wonderfully fun and light fiction, and try a Miss Julia book. Start with this one, "Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind", and I almost guarantee that you will want to read the others that follow! The author has a knack of cleverly crafting words and scenes that will have you laughing and chuckling on every page. But the story is worth staying around for - a little suspense tucked in to keep the reader interested. Give it a try.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-05-24 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 outlines-Miss 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." Agent, Peter Miller/Delin Cormeny. Author tour. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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