Thursday, August 14, 2008
Review: Miss Julia Takes Over
Miss Julia Takes Over by Ann B. Ross
Reasons for reading: I loved, loved the first Miss Julia book last year; Southern book for Triple 8 Challenge
First line: "I declare, if it's not one thing, it's two more."
My thoughts: Miss Julia's second adventure didn't disappoint! It gets 1/2 a star off because I didn't think we really needed another plot by Brother Vern to get Little Lloyd's money on top of the mystery of missing Hazel Marie. And I was a bit put off at first by the NASCAR setting (of all the un-Miss Julia-like things!!), but it turned out okay. But Miss Julia still provides a hilarious, Southern read with a very distinct voice.
Miss Julia has an opinion on everything, from church to other people's romances to home decor to private investigation to the greeters at Wal-Mart, and she's not afraid to share it! It would be very annoying to be the victim of her machinations, but they make for entertaining story. Her asides about having to do everything herself, when that's exactly what she wants to do, are a hoot and she really does get things done, even if it involves high-speed chases or avoiding the police.
But there's also some vulnerability to her and that comes out in this volume of the series - part of her does want to look after everything, but she'd also really like to have someone to take care of her sometimes, too. Happily, that might just happen - her relationship with retired lawyer Sam continues to grow, although it might get sidetracked by a busty nurse. Her love for Hazel Marie and Little Lloyd also develop in this book, they've truly become her family and she'll do anything to look after them.
Lately I've been finding I'm not interested in continuing with too many series after the first book, but I'm definitely along for the entire Miss Julia ride and I recommend her very highly!