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Audiobook – Miss Julia Renews Her Vows by Ann B. Ross

>> Friday, August 30, 2013

Miss Julia Renews Her Vows by Ann B. Ross

Miss Julia Renews Her Vows by Ann B. Ross

Genre: Fiction
Series: #11 in the Miss Julia series
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2010 Recorded Books (Book originally published 2010)
Length: 9 hours, 29 minutes
Read by: Cynthia Darlow
Source: Library

The Short Version:
Miss Julia has a lot to worry about with her husband wanting to attend marriage enrichment classes and a friend under suspicion for assault and theft but as usual her antics and overreactions are lighthearted and fun.

Why I Read It:
It has been a while since I listened to a Miss Julia book and I was in the mood for something light and humorous.

The Book:
Abbotsville, North Carolina’s very proper Miss Julia is happy that Hazel Marie and Mr. Pickens have finally gotten married (and just in time with twins on the way), but now she’s got other things to worry about. She and her second husband have been recruited by the minister to participate in a marriage enrichment class but it turns out that the class will be taught by Dr. Fred Fowler. He’s among the last people Miss Julia wants to see after he caused her some serious embarrassment several years ago. Can she get out of the entire series of classes by pretending to be sick? And why is Sam so interested in a marriage enrichment class anyway?

The bigger gossip around town is the return of Francie Pitts. She’s moved back after burying her fifth husband and there are rumors that the police in Florida want to talk to her about that. But when Francie lands in the hospital after being whacked on the head she accuses Miss Julia’s friend and sometime employee Etta Mae Wiggins of attacking her and stealing her jewelry. Miss Julia knows Etta Mae is innocent but can she prove it?

My Thoughts:
It was fun to be back with Miss Julia and her friends and family. It’s been a while since I last listened to a book in this series. Miss Julia always leaves me with a smile on my face. She’s so concerned with what is proper but she’s taken her first husband’s mistress and child into her home and her heart. Now that she’s managed to get Hazel Marie properly married before the twins are born she thinks life might just settle down.

Of course not. Her embarrassment at what took place with the evil Dr. Fred Fowler is like most of Miss Julia’s reactions over the top. The minute the character of Francie Pitts is introduced I knew she’d be trouble. The slight mystery in this one is fun and by the time the resolution comes along predictable.

Nevertheless it’s a fun light romp in a comedy of manners style. There is a lot of continuation of ongoing storylines so it’s not a book to be read as your first exposure to the characters.

Cynthia Darlow does an adequate job of narrating this series but I still dislike the way she voices Miss Julia’s maid Lillian.

This is not a style or series I’d read a lot of but by now I’ve followed Miss Julia and her family and friends through 11 books now and it’s like being hooked on a soap opera. I have to know what happens next.

3 stars Rating 3/5 for the book

3 stars Rating 3/5 for the narration

SoundBytes is a weekly roundup of audio book reviews hosted by Jen at Devourer of Books.


Sherry 8/31/2013 8:39 AM  

I read the first book in this series, but it just didn't set right with me somehow. I'm not sure why, but I never was motivated to check the rest of the Miss Julia books. That said, it is good to have a light-hearted, easy read (or listen) in the line-up sometimes. I go to Alexander Mc Call Smith or Rex Stout or some others for those times.

SuziQoregon 10/15/2013 8:49 PM  

Sherry: yes - light hearted and easy listens are an important part of the reading menu. I also enjoy the Number One Ladies Detective series but haven't listened to any of the Nero Wolfe yet. I've read a couple of them, though.

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