Miss Julia Inherits a Mess: A Novel

Miss Julia Inherits a Mess: A Novel

by Ann B. Ross


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In this entry in Ann B. Ross's New York Times bestselling series, Miss Julia finds herself an executrix on a desperate hunt for a valuable antique so she can honor her friend's last wishes. Don't miss her newest, Miss Julia Raises the Roof, coming April 2018 from Viking.

When Miss Julia hears that Miss Mattie Freeman has taken a fall and is in the hospital, she wishes she'd spent more time getting to know the woman--and not just because she's last to hear about the accident! So when the tumble proves fatal, the last thing Miss Julia expects is a phone call from Ernest Sitton, Attorney at Law. Suddenly Miss Julia finds herself the executrix of Miss Mattie's estate, and from what Ernest has to say, Miss Mattie's coffers weren't exactly full. 

Determined to find something of value for Miss Mattie's beneficiaries, Miss Julia is faced with a room full of clutter that's now hers to disperse. With the lovelorn caretaker Etta Mae Wiggins working overtime, her good friend Mildred Allen on bed rest, and Helen Stroud cataloging Miss Mattie's furniture, Miss Julia soon realizes she's got a blue-million things to do to honor her friend's last wishes. Thank goodness for Miss Mattie's handsome young neighbor, Nate Wheeler, who's ever ready to help out, and of course for Sam, who's always willing to lend an ear.

But when a young man claiming to be Miss Mattie's great-nephew turns up, demanding to live in her apartment while he writes a family history, Miss Julia will find herself closer to Mattie Freeman and her mysterious family than ever before. In this seventeenth installment in the Miss Julia series, Ann B. Ross delivers another hilarious and big-hearted novel celebrating the South's favorite steel magnolia and the unforgettable residents of Abottsville.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143108658
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 145,491
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ann B. Ross holds a doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has taught literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She is the author of sixteen previous novels featuring the popular southern heroine Miss Julia, as well as Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day, a novel about one of Abbotsville's other most outspoken residents: Etta Mae Wiggins. Ann Ross lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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Miss Julia Inherits a Mess (Miss Julia Series #17) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
booklover6460 More than 1 year ago
Once more Miss Julia has you laughing out loud and sitting on the edge of your seat because you don't know what escapade awaits her. Miss Julia is such a hoot and when she gets Etta Mae involved in her antics, you know you are going to be chuckling and waiting to see how things will end. While this book is focused on Miss Julia's responsibility as an executor of a will, you can just imagine how she will display her typical judgmental personality and easily jump to conclusions. But, of course, Miss Julia would argue that she never portrays these characteristics. Ann B. Ross does a wonderful job of pulling you into the lives of the characters and wraps you up in the community of Abbottsville. You will want to pull up a chair and and listen to Miss Julia and Sam and Etta Mae and eat some of the delicious food that Lillian creates. You find that you don't want to leave once you've turned the last page. But be excited that there is hopefully another Miss Julia story waiting to be released soon. I can't wait for the next adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Miss Julia books. It feels like a good visit with old friends
Ilovemister More than 1 year ago
Another Home Run! I also cannot wait for her next books. I preorder so I get it first. Ms. Ross is a great writer. I always end up with a smile on my face. I absolutely love Etta May. I would love another book about her. Read it you will love it. Ms. Ross is my favorite writer along with Fannie Flagg.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore Ann Ross's 'Miss Julia' books! When a new one comes out, I can't wait to dive in and settle down. Hilarious fun. Ms. Ross insists she is not a funny person, but she sure does write funny books. Miss Julia is a wonder and always manages to find herself the most impossible predicaments. The cast of characters are always wonderful: Sam, Lillian, Etta Mae Wiggins, Hazel Marie, JD, Little Lloyd, LuAnne, Pastor Ledbetter, Mildred, and the list goes on. I love these people! I hate to see a Miss Julia book end.