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The 19th installment of the beloved and New York Times best-selling Miss Julia series

With her husband, Sam, off on a trip to Europe, Miss Julia takes a pause to reflect on the past few decades - realizing how the comforts and joys of her life can sometimes give way to boredom. Miss Julia reckons it's about time to roll up her sleeves and be of some use to her community. She's just considering how to get involved when she hears that the nosy do-gooder Madge Taylor and the new pastor Rucker are embarking on a mission to buy up the vacant house down the street from Miss Julia and establish a group home for wayward teenagers.

No stranger to taking in the down-and-out herself, Miss Julia is shocked to learn Madge and the pastor never consulted her or anyone else in the neighborhood about their project - only a board of the church's congregants who don't live in the neighborhood, all instructed to keep the project a secret. Hazel Marie and Miss Julia's fears are confirmed when they start investigating and find that Madge and her board of busybodies plan to proceed without much care for how to manage the home after they've built it or whether it will be built to code in the first place - never mind that the house itself is ill suited for a bunch of teenagers to be living in it, barely supervised.

Miss Julia must band together with friends and neighbors to take on nosy Madge and her steamrolling plans while still being helpful to those in need in another entertaining installment of Ann B. Ross' best-selling series.

©2018 Ann B. Ross (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Delightful as usual.

I LOVE Miss Julia. I had accidentally missed the one from 2 books back so I had 2 to listen to. But I still want more. They are funny, full of times gone by politeness, and common sense. The author just knows how the deep south of the past was even though they are written in our times. Please write more and write them fast. I thought it might have been fun if Julia had gone to Europe with Sam.

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Loved it!

This was one of her best. Probably because I was walking thru similar circumstances and it helped me to watch Miss Julia deal with her own heart as she attempted to follow her faith and deal with people! Sure wish Miss Ross would crank out 2 per year! I just keep re listening till the next one comes out!!

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Ann B. Ross Never Disappoints

I have read and/or listened to every book in the Miss Julia series. Miss Julia Raises the Roof is a delightful addition to my collection. I laughed out loud numerous times at Miss Julia’s antics and empathized with some of her reactions to circumstances in her small town. She is a wonderful character who is brought to life so entertainingly by Cynthia Darlow.

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Love this series.

Eagerly await each new visit with Miss Julia. Also love the narrator, and the way she cries "Oh Hazel Marie!" and how she says "Mr Pickens". As long as these books keep coming, hope she is her voice.

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So disappointing

I've loved the Miss Julia books, especially as performed by Cynthia Darlow. But in this one, Julia's bad side is too pervasive. It's petty, gossip-filled, repetitive and vindictive. She is overly angry as she says and thinks the same thing over and over and over until I was noted and frustrated. It needed a strong subplot. I couldn't wait for it to be over.

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Not sure what to think..

I love all the Miss Julia books. They keep me entertained on my commutes. I am a little disappointed in this one though in that it is just a "cozy" version of current political happenings. Building a wall to keep undesirable neighbors out, refugee relocation , etc. I hear enough of all this on a daily basis. I don't want or need to read about in a fun loving book series. I worry that Ann B. Ross has no more creative stories in her, maybe all she has left is the ability to retell current news events in the guise of cozy fiction. What a shame if that is true!

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One of the Best

Lots of intrigue and plot twists. Small town life at it’s best and worst. Lots of familiar characters. Loved this one!

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My favorite character!

Miss Julia and her family and friends are dear to my heart! Each new book is my favorite! This latest story had me smiling, nodding, and appreciating all her life lessons, southern style!
I cannot wait for the next one! The narrator is perfect ! Love Miss Julia!

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Disappointing and Boring

I have enjoyed the entire Miss Julia series, but this book was not up to par. Miss Julia has lost her sense of humor and her heart. She's a selfish, spoiled, whiny bore who lectures and lectures on the sins of "do-gooders" in her town. She's entitled, snobby, narrow-minded and cruel. She is in a constant rage over the expectation of people that Christians should have Christian values, that everyone doesn't kowtow to her because she's wealthy, that her money doesn't exclude her from having to care about people and that things are changing. The plot is thin and repetitive. It's filled with her self-righteous excuses for being an unlikable, self-centered and silly woman. She blames the underprivileged teens for their own condition and stereotypes them as dangerous and evil because they are poor. It's not worth the time it takes to read it.

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Hateful

I love the Miss Julia series for its aura of happiness among chaos. But this one is mean-spirited and hateful. I hope I can return it. Ms. Ross pushes Miss Julia across the line from sassy to nasty. Narrator is excellent, as always, but the story is far from uplifting and humorous. It's full of spiteful, small minded, people acting out self serving plots. So disappointed.