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Publisher's Summary

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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Fun read

Loved getting to know Etta Mae past. liked that Granny Wiggins had a story aldo.

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Not part of the Miss Julia series!!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ann B. Ross again?

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.

What three words best describe Julia Gibson’s performance?

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.

Could you see Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not really. This isn't really a stand alone title but it isn't part of the series, in my opinion.

Any additional comments?

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?

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  • sharon
  • san diego, california, United States
  • 08-26-14

Disappointing

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.
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  • M.K.
  • Woodstock, IL USA
  • 08-26-14

I am a big fan of Ms. Julia Books I have them all

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.

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Profanity

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?

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eta mae

Well that was really disappointing. I like Eta Mae so why end it like this?

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Not for Miss Julia Fans

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.

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Sweet and funny!

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!

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Etta Mae's worst

This character was always one of my favorites in this series. However this book makes her (and everyone else in the story) to be too dumb to exist!

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Very Disappointed

Would you try another book from Ann B. Ross and/or Julia Gibson?

Only if Miss Julia's name is in the title.

What was most disappointing about Ann B. Ross’s story?

The overall tone was completely different. I had a hard time getting through it.

What three words best describe Julia Gibson’s voice?

Not Cynthia Darlow

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day?

All the ones with profanity. It doesn't fit in with this series.