Fan favorite Etta Mae Wiggins takes center stage in the latest novel in Ann B. Ross' New York Times best-selling Miss Julia series with another lively adventure set in Miss Julia's Abbotsville. For the first time, though, she writes from the perspective of another resident: the hardscrabble, heart-of-gold Etta Mae Wiggins.
Etta Mae is frustrated with her trailer-park life and her no-good family, and she has big dreams for something better. Working as the home nurse for the elderly but wealthy Howard Connard, Sr., she finally sees her chance - with her sexy curves and infectious charm, Etta Mae is determined to become his wife. Unfortunately, Connard's scheming, money-hungry son and stuck-up daughter-in-law are equally determined to make sure she doesn't. To make matters worse, Etta Mae's ex-husband Skip (her first ex that is) has shown up with a winning lottery ticket in his hand and local thugs hot on his heels. Plus, her dreamy former flame, officer Bobby Lee, keeps popping up to remind her that she's not over him yet. In the middle of all this mayhem, Etta Mae has to get that marriage license - before it's too late! A hilarious wild goose chase that takes us from the mansions of Abbotsville to the trailer park that Etta Mae calls home, this book is filled with familiar faces (including Miss Julia, who narrates the first chapter), features Ann Ross' signature wit and southern charm, and will appeal to fans of the beloved series and newcomers alike.
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No, I wouldn't recommend this book because it isn't part of the Miss Julia series, even though the title suggests it is Book 16 in the series, I disagree. I was really disappointed in the story and the writing is not in keeping with other titles by Ann B. Ross.
I think I will listen to other titles in the "Miss Julia" series. I do have reservations after listening to Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day.
Julia Gibson gives a fine performance. I have become accustomed to the narration of Cynthia Darlow. Ms. Darlow is the narrator for all 15 titles of the Miss Julia series that I have listened to and therefore is the only voice that I associate with Etta Mae, Hazel Marie and Miss Julia.
Not really. This isn't really a stand alone title but it isn't part of the series, in my opinion.
This title just didn't feel like the usual writing style of Ann B. Ross. The antics written for Miss Julia near the end of the book during the Lingerie Shower/Party were so out of character for Miss Julia that I question did Ann B. Ross write it?
love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
I love the Miss Julia books and had hopes for this one too. It was very disappointing! The story was a departure from the usual funny stories and likeable characters I am used too . The story was tacky, there,were too many sexual references and crude language . I HATED the descriptions of the party and the unfunny behavior of the women after too much drink. I hope Ms Ross returns to her original template for Miss Julia and her friends in her next book.
I love a good mystery
I was so disappointed, I wait for each addition of Ann B. Ross's books this one is not anything worth the cost of the book. What happened?? Etta Mae seems to think that Ms. Julia is not very nice to her and if you have read the prior books you would know that the two women have a deep respect for each other and this addition seems to not be that way at all. I would love to hear from other fans.
I have always looked forward to Ann B. Ross' works but with this one I found it disappointing, because of the profanity. I seek good clean books and thought I found it. I have read all of the Miss Julia series and loved each one. Ms. Ross isn't there enough profanity in the world without including it in our reading entertainment?
I always look forward to starting a new Miss Julia book. The plot and characters are now as familiar as the beloved Nancy Drew books of my childhood. I especially love the language of the books, from the Southern turns of phrase to the "unreliable narrator", of which Ann B. Ross is a master. Etta Mae's Worst Bad Luck Day is clearly not a "Miss Julia book". This book disappointed on so many levels that I had a hard time believing Ross actually authored it. Did the Etta Mae writer really know Julia Springer? Had she read the Miss Julia books? Characters behaved in ways that seemed inconsistent with their actions in other books by this author, going so far as to make a mockery of the stoic but good-hearted Miss Julia. My heart went out to this character I've come to love and respect! Equally disappointing was the language--cursing and sexual references that caused me on several occasions to turn off the audio book in disgust and disappointment. I kept returning, hoping the book would improve. It didn't.
Ann B. Ross delivered another great story in the Miss Julia series with the twist of featuring Etta Mae as the main character. The story was sweet, funny, and hopeful, and gave depth to a character who has been involved in so many escapades with Miss Julia. Everyone needs a friend like Etta Mae in their life!
Only if Miss Julia's name is in the title.
The overall tone was completely different. I had a hard time getting through it.
Not Cynthia Darlow
All the ones with profanity. It doesn't fit in with this series.
I love audiobooks!
It would have been better if Cynthia Darlow had been the narrator. However, not much could have helped this book.
I really do not know. The book was awful. The change in the narrator made the character totally different. The storyline was okay. I just did not enjoy Etta Mae as the main focus of the book.
Her performance was not bad. However, the character of Etta Mae has already been established by Darlow. Changing the narrator made Etta Mae an entirely different person.
I would have cut the part of her wearing the same nasty dress for 2 days.
Ms. Ross- please do not do this again. This book did not make Etta Mae more endearing to the reader. I have liked her character in the books I have listened to so far, but I am not sure if it will be the same for future books.
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