Hazel Marie and Mr. Pickens are comfortably settled in their home with the babies. James has recovered from the injury that put him out of commission and Granny Wiggins has smoothly transitioned into her role as nanny and housekeeper for Hazel Marie, Lloyd and Mr. Pickens. So now that Miss Julia and Sam have the house to themselves, it only seems right that they start to think about how they’d like to spend their leisure time. Just as they make up their minds to take a trip, they’re waylaid by “stuff.”
First, Sam is asked to run for the state senate, so it’s for sure that they won’t be traveling out of the area any time soon. Well that suits Miss Julia just fine. Then she receives a letter from her cousin Elsie, an absolutely horrible woman that she hasn’t seen or heard from for years. Reminding Julia of the kindness and hospitality her family extended to Julia and her siblings when they were children, Elsie notifies her that her granddaughter Trixie will be arriving that very afternoon and she’d very much appreciate it if Julia would take her in, teach her how to be a lady, give her a makeover, you know, just basic stuff. To say Julia is floored would be an understatement, but given that she has no way of shipping Trixie back to Elsie, she’s stuck with her and her strange and moody ways for the summer.
It’s always fun to visit with Julia and her cast of characters. While some only played minor parts this time around, I was happy to see Etta Mae Wiggins make a return. No one is better suited or more willing to participate in Miss Julia’s shenanigans. We get to see another side of Miss Julia when she has a chance to speak in public and, for someone that always seems to know just what to say and when to say it, she’s a bit anxious. Between Trixie’s makeover, a plot to steal some of Miss Julia’s land and Sam’s senate race, Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover is the perfect book for a lazy day.
Published: April 2014
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