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Miss Julia Renews Her Vows: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, March 29, 2011

4.7 out of 5 stars 100 customer reviews
Book 11 of 17 in the Miss Julia Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Southern flower Miss Julia re-materializes in her droll 11th adventure, and this time out, the busybody is as busy as ever: she wraps up some business from Miss Julia Delivers the Goods by making sure thrice married rogue Mr. Pickens settles down with Hazel Marie, who is pregnant with their twins. She also contends with the return of rival doyenne Francie Pitts and puts on her detective hat to clear the name of her friend and hired help, Etta Mae Wiggins, who's accused of burglary and assaulting Francie. Meanwhile, Sam, Julia's long-suffering husband, has the audacity to suggest marriage counseling. Worse, the shrink is a man from her past—Dr. Fred Fowler, a Christian psychologist with thirty years of experience in rekindling the flame of Christ-like love in limping marriages. Can feigning the flu save her from a confrontation and, gasp, rekindle their passion? And does Francie have designs on Sam? Ross answers these questions in trademark tart fashion. Series fans will have a ball, but those unfamiliar should definitely start with an earlier volume. (Apr.)
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From Booklist

It’s hard to say which is the bigger news—that Hazel Marie Puckett has finally wed Mr. Pickens, the father of her twins, or that the oft-married Francie Pitts is back in town and living at the new Mountain Villas retirement complex. Abbotsville, North Carolina’s irrepressible Miss Julia springs into action when Francie accuses Etta Mae Wiggins of hitting her over the head and stealing a bangle bracelet. Also back in town is Christian psychologist Fred Fowler. He was the perpetrator of an embarassing incident in the church parlor when Miss Julia was newly widowed, and now she will do anything, including pretending to be ill, to avoid having to attend Dr. Fowler’s marriage-enrichment classes with her second husband, Sam. (And why is Sam so interested in the classes, anyway?) The good news is that most of the familiar characters and elements from the Miss Julia series are here. This entry is less buoyant than some others in the series, however, and the plot never builds up much steam. Expect demand from fans nonetheless. --Mary Ellen Quinn --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143118560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143118565
  • ASIN: B005K5GAUE
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
If it's spring, it usually time for another "Miss Julia" book and I look forward to it every year. Eleventh in the series, "Miss Julia Renews Her Vows" has us catching up with all our old friends from previous books and getting to find out what Miss Julia is up to this year.

Carrying over from the last book, Hazel Marie is pregnant with twins and Mr. Pickens is finally making an honest woman of her in the opening scenes as they head off to a quick marriage ceremony. As with everything in these funny books, it may be quick but it isn't easy ! Multiple story lines diverge from there as Etta Mae takes a front and center role this time out and our usual cast of characters including Sam, LuAnne and others get caught up in the mystery that runs throughout the novel.

As with all the Miss Julia books, they are not action-packed and fast moving, but boy are they fun ! This one is no exception and for fans of the series, I don't think you will be disappointed. To truly appreciate these, it would be helpful to go back and start at the beginning, working your way through the series. While it could stand alone, this book is at its best with the background knowledge of the others. One thing I really would like to complement the author for - Miss Julia has actually grown as a character over the years and while retaining her wonderful quirkiness, she has actually changed fairly considerably from the stiff, unbending character we met in "Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind". It would have been so easy to take what worked and keep it the same, but Ms. Ross has done an excellent job with this character and I am so grateful as it has helped to keep my interest over the years.

Overall - a fun, enjoyable read that is a great way to spend a quiet afternoon.
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Format: Hardcover
Ann Ross has done it again. Lots of writers who continue with a series lose their touch after the fifth or sixth book, but Ann Ross just keeps getting better and better.
This book finds Miss Julia happy that J.D. Pickens has finally made an honest woman out of Hazel Marie and Miss Julia is ready to relax for a change. But no, no, that's not about to happy. Sam informs her that Pastor Ledbetter has scheduled a series of classes on marriage enrichment and he wants him and Julia to attend as sort of mentors. Julia gets it into her head that Sam is unhappy and is looking for way to enrich their own marriage. She then starts trying to figure out what she is doing wrong. She and Sam go to church on Sunday and the pastor introduces the man who is going to conduct the seminar, Dr. Fred Fowler. Oh no, he's the one who got Miss Julia in the bridal parlor all those years ago and she forgot herself. So, Miss Julia starts trying to figure out a way to get out of those classes and that's when the fun begins.
Then, another problem turns up: Etta Mae Wiggins gets accused of assault and robbery and of course, Miss Julia has to investigate and prove Etta Mae innocent.
This book is so uproariously funny, you will laugh out loud. I'm in my fifties and I don't have the energy she does to keep on doing the things she does.
Do not miss this book. Miss Julia is a trip of the best kind.
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This is a most readable book. Miss Julia is a woman after my own heart. She is a tough cookie and can 'run a good show'. The other characters are interesting as well. I like the story line. I would encourage readers to go in order with this series though. That would make it more interesting, I think. I like reading about strong southern women.
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I am almost done with all the Miss Julia books. They remind me of the small town I grew up in with all the wonderful characters. Not a book to read if you want, complex or thought provoking. A great series to read for humor and just for pleasure.
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Ann B. Ross hit a goldmine with her beloved Miss Julia heroine. Secure in the knowledge that she knows the right, and possibly the only, way to do things correctly, Miss Julia discovers that things aren't always going to go her way. Armed with a supportive and loving new husband, a hilarious, long-suffering housekeeper, and assorted extended family members and church friends, Miss Julia struggles onward, burdened by a lack of cooperation from others. Rich in tongue-in-cheek situations familiar to women of a certain age, Miss Julia is, unintentionally, a stitch for the reader. I cannot recommend this series enough for those wanting a relaxed and pleasurable read that demands nothing of the reader except to be entertained.
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This latest entry opens with Miss Julia breathing a sigh of relief over the hurried nuptials of Hazel Marie and J. D. Pickens. But there's no rest for the weary and in typical Miss Julia fashion she finds herself coming to the defense of Etta Mae Wiggins when the hard working home health aide is accused of assaulting and stealing from a client. As if that wasn't enough, some unpleasant memories are resurrected in the form of one "Doctor" Fred Fowler, who slithers in to Abbotsville hawking his own brand of marriage counseling.

The author clearly has a deep fondness for these characters and as a reader I'm touched by that. Miss Julia's narrative is brimming with her sharp wit and her uncanny ability to spot the ridiculous in situations (as well as people) is often very, very funny.

I may be a big fan, but I'm not totally blind to some of the book's shortcomings. There was way too much time spent fretting over whether or not people will put two and two together and come up with the fact that Hazel Marie was already pregnant when she got married. Unless they've slept through Health class (and Math!) people aren't going to be fooled no matter what convoluted story is concocted. As for the whole debacle surrounding Julia's "past" with Fred Fowler...tsk, tsk, Julia - give Sam more credit than that!

Despite a few hiccups in the plot this was a warm, humorous and entertaining read. I enjoyed the familiar feel of these characters and the world they inhabit.

This is the eleventh entry in a series that is best read in order. I'd recommend starting with the first book, "Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind".

There is no sexual content or swearing; Miss Julia simply wouldn't hear of it!
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