Wednesday, July 20, 2011

#BookReview: Miss Julia Hits the Road - Ann B. Ross

Just a quick recap for those that don't know about my summer love affair with this 60something woman.  I've been averaging at least one Miss Julia audio book a week and  I'm determined to make my way through the series by the end of the summer.  Here's a little background about her.

Miss Julia's late husband, Wesley Lloyd Springer, was a mean and domineering, yet wealthy, man.  When he died, Miss Julia found out that not only did he have a mistress, Hazel Marie, but that they had a son together, Lloyd.  Not worried about how it might look to others, for once, Miss Julia takes in Hazel Marie and Lloyd.  Rounding out the cast of lively characters is Lillian, Miss Julia's cook and housekeeper; Sam, the deceased Mr. Springer's attorney and Julia's current husband (or boyfriend depending on which book you're reading); J.D., Hazel Marie's boyfriend; and Latisha, Lillian's great granddaughter.  This book happens to be the fourth in the series, but Ann B. Ross does an excellent job of bringing the reader up to speed so that you can pick up any book in the series and be fine.

In this adventure, Lillian's neighborhood is being demolished to make way for a water bottling plant.  Of course Miss Julia can take her in, but what about the rest of the neighbors?  It's not right that they can be put out with such little warning and Miss Julia plans to do something about it, even if it means jumping on the back of a motorcycle.  Joining forces with local bike riders and the eccentric Thurlo Jones, Miss Julia and her crew plan to raise enough money to not only save Lillian's neighborhood, but improve it.

Listening time: 10 hours, 40 minutes
Published: March 2004

What did you like about this book?
Thurlo Jones is quite possibly one of the funniest characters I've ever read about/listened to.  His interactions with Miss Julia are the best parts of the book.

What didn't you like about this book?
There was a different narrator for this book.  I didn't really care for her Miss Julia voice, however, her voice for Lillian was much better than the most recent narrator's.

What could the author do to improve this book?
Not for the book, but series overall, I hope to see more Thurlo Jones.

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