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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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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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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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  • Sandy
  • Baker City, OR, United States
  • 06-27-18

I'm Very Disappointed!

I have listened to every Miss Julia book available on Audible and have enjoyed them as good low-key entertainment for a stressful life. I've enjoyed watching Miss Julia get herself into situations by trying to help others and then laughed as she got herself out. That said, this book is very disappointing. Miss Julia is usually a very kind person, who gets into trouble as she tries to help the underdog. In this book, the only underdog she tries to help is Ronny, who is actually a dog! When a home for homeless teens moves in next door to Hazel Marie, Miss Julia throws a fit, mainly, it seems, because she doesn't like who is in charge of the non-profit sponsoring the home. I was shocked to see this woman, who normally bends over backwards to help people, decide that the home had to go. She even misapplied scripture to excuse her behavior. She accused others of being self-righteous and arrogant, which is EXACTLY how she was acting. This "good Christian" did NO research on who would be living in the home and who would be onsite to supervise. She just decided that the boys would all be unsupervised juvenile delinquents and therefore not fit neighbors. And the author sent Sam - the only voice of reason Miss Julia will listen to - overseas so Miss Julia could run rampant over other peoples' feelings.

I agree with Denise (another reviewer) that the author is showing her own bigotry in making Miss Julia so mean-spirited in this book. I'm very disappointed that the author chose to take Miss Julia in this direction and will definitely think twice before buying any more of her books. The only reason I gave the book an overall rating of 3 is because Cynthia Darlow has Miss Julia's voice down pat. I don't know how old Ms. Darlow is, but she has nailed the voice of a 60-something entitled matron.

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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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Miss Julia is awesome!

Still loving this series. I love the “down home” feel of Abbotsville and the residents!

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  • JS
  • 04-15-18

Ann B Ross "Delivers the Goods"!!!!!

Where does Miss Julia Raises the Roof rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

What does Cynthia Darlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Cynthia Darlow's narration truly brings Ann Ross' character to life.

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Don't miss this one, Miss Julia fans! Another excellent story, superbly written, beautifully narrated, again! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! Thank you Miss Ann! Thank you Miss Cynthia! A delightful listen! I waited a year for this to come out. I hope the next one is not another year's wait!!!!! I simply love Ann Ross' writing and the characters in the Miss Julia series.

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  • Denise
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • 04-13-18

The Characters have been ruined for me

I was anxiously awaiting for the book to be available and as soon as it was I bought and downloaded it. I have never been so disappointed, mad, frustrated.

For years I have had to adjust my mind and enjoy the books despite my feelings about the author whom I abhor. She is obviously racist as she's created a book where all the blacks are poor and work for rich white people in the modern world. Obviously she was wishing "make America great again" long before #45. However despite the blatant racism of the world the characters themselves were not displayed and written as racist so I could enjoy them. That all completely changed with this book-extreme bigotry at it's finest showed it true colors in everyone in this book, all my loveable characters she ruined-Ms. Ross obviously decided to let her own feelings and belief system come into the character because the bigotry showed up and out. No, it was not against a persons color but against the less fortunate.
A known do-gooder decided to make a home for 6 homeless boys next to Hazel-Marie and JD and Hazel Marie calls Miss Julia all in tears about it and how she's talked to her other neighbor who doesn't want wayward boys next to her teen and Hazel Marie is concerned about them next to the twins(as if toddler twins are out by themselves) however I understood worrying about how things would be. The book mentioned how their property values will drop based on a shelter being there, I understood that too but when they decided to change it to a foster home that did not apply as foster home with only 6 to 7 boys does not have to be zoned at all.(I've been a foster parent). It would remain a regular house. My issue is that Ms. Ross showed exactly how white people have acted for decades and still act when someone other than them(people of color)move into the neighborhood and they don't want them there.
JD builds a concrete wall-that was absolutely ridiculous and I kept thinking it's definitely taking away the curb appeal and if anything that will cause a drop in property value by itself. Then he adopts Thurlough's old dog Ronny just so he can bark at the women trying to work there-which is harassment.
Miss Julie takes it upon herself to have her lawyer Binky try to find every legal angle she could to get them out-I could tell Binky didn't agree but she's paid to do her job.
Ms. Ross has neighbors selling their home and moving out the neighborhood because of the new riffraff coming in.
Miss Julia and Mildred plan a party on the same day and time so no one will attend the New Boys home open house knowing they wouldn't turn her down.
Ms. Ross has been Julia basically threatening the new pastors wife behind her back with being kept out of their social circle for supporting the Boys home. So she was using her influence to hurt someone.
I never thought much of Helen Stroud but she showed a side of Helen that turned my stomach. Miss Julia, Mildred and LuAnn all noticed things were not right with Helen and how she was treating Thurlough and his dog Ronny so they decide to have an intervention which was just dumb. The decide the issue was Thurlough's money and was she running him into the poor house. It has been mentioned time and time again how rich Thurlough is and we've seen him write personal six figure checks with ease of flicking his finger and how he highly supports his political candidates and makes them do what he wants with his money. There was no way she was spending all his money just by her restoring that house. No one dared to mention that she nearly killed Ronny with her neglect and she was going to kill Ronny and Thurlough through depression by separating them. Helen kept a watch on Thurlough as if he was in prison. She had no care in the world except for that house.
What is Sam for anyway? He was supposed to be a retired successful attorney but I've only ever heard him say don't get ahead of yourself Julia, lets wait and see Julia, hmm I don't know Julia. he never says anything with confidence and never comes up with a plan.
LuAnne- why is Julia friends with her. Julia apologized and groveled for Helen to forgive her but Ms. Ross writes Julia forgiving LuAnn but doesn't even show LuAnn ever trying to apologize to Miss Julia. LuAnn is not a friend in any way shape or form, she's shown that horrible side in the past.
This book showed everything white people do to keep people they don't want out of their neighborhood. Not once did anyone actually talk to the do-gooder to find out how things would be ran or to give her another solution to help her. It was all about just as long as they are not in my neighborhood.
The book even got so bad the Lloyd had a friend that was going to live in the house for the homeless boy but JD's position and attitude was making and his friend stressed and depressed because Lloyd would not be allowed to talk to those boys and none could come over there. No one cared that they were actual people and had feelings. Lloyd told Miss Julia his feelings but all she still cared about was making sure they couldn't live there. She cared that the boy was not getting enough food or being properly cared for until he had to live in that home. She didn't say talk to JD about it because she didn't care, she didn't want them next to them. JD didn't care how is attitude and behavior was hurting Lloyd.
Hazel Marie, can all she do is whine?- Ms. Ross has reduced her to a whiny twit.
Yeah Miss Julia came up with a solution at the end but it was all done with an after thought oh and what she and Mildred did was not bad at all but now Miss Julia is in a position to control whom she wants to buy when they decide to sell.
I had so many emotions that were not good while reading this book. This book was filled with nothing but bigotry and a supremacy mindset. Miss Julia decides to stay out of church because they support things she does not agree with. Miss Ross ruined these characters for me, she's allowed her own obvious racism and bigotry into them.

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