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Miss Julia Takes Over
Ann B. Ross
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Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia #2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,508 Ratings  ·  256 Reviews
When Miss Julia burst on the scene in her fictional debut, Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, this proper lady of a certain age found her orderly world turned upside down when Hazel Marie Puckett appeared with her nine-year-old son, Little Lloyd, who looked disturbingly similar to Miss Julia's late husband. Now, in Miss Julia Takes Over, with her sharp tongue and iron backbone in ...more
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Sep 10, 2012 Connie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, south, humor
I don't know if I can read another Miss Julia book. What was laugh-out-loud funny in the first book never quite made it for me in this one. I was immediately tired of Miss Julia's self-absorption, inability to listen, and misjudgment.
Angie Bollard
Aug 15, 2011 Angie Bollard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you just need a little fluff. These books just make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. It's nice when a problem can be solved in 200 pages or less. Love Miss Julia.
May 12, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have become very fond of these little books. The biggest reason is that the author lives 30 minutes away in Hendersonville, NC. Miss Julia is an elderly woman who is just now finding her place in this world and the story of her tangling with NASCAR is pretty funny. As with the first of this series, the relationship she has with her late husband's mistress and their son is the core of the story and does not disappoint. I can't wait to watch "Little Lloyd" grow up in the remaining books. Wheneve ...more
Robyn Hall
This is the 2nd in this series and the last for me. Cute and clever but definitely NOT compelling.
Boring and annoying at times.
Bookclub #2 choice. Borrowed book from library. Had to renew twice just to get through it.
I really enjoyed "Miss Julia Speaks her Mind," so I was anxious to read the rest of the series. While I enjoyed this second installemnt, I found Miss Julia a little annoying in this one. Her "speaking out," was getting on my nerves because it was directed at someone who was trying to help her. The outspokeness was endearing in the first novel because the people really deserved to be told off. Her evasion of the law made me uncomfortable, and I couldn't get into the little romances - there wasn't ...more
Rhonda Dlouhy
May 30, 2012 Rhonda Dlouhy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ann-b-ross-read
Poor Mr. Pickens! Ms. Julia was determined to hold him accountable for doing his job. I love Miss Julia's relationship with Little Lloyd & Lillian. When Lillian asks Julia about Little Lloyd missing school, she said not to worry about that. "He's so far ahead of the others, his absence'll give them time to catch up." I also liked when Lillian told Miss Julia "This ain't no time to be weaken' down on us" when Miss Julia was worried about losing Little Lloyd. Lillian gave Miss Julia's arm a sh ...more
May 19, 2016 T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Julia continues to muddle her way through peoples lives, but the author does put her in unusual situations.
Jan 28, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jun 15, 2015 Whitney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book of what is turning out to be a light hearted series about a proper southern lady of a certain age. The first book in the series is Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind which gives a lot of background about 2 of the main characters, Hazel Marie Puckett and Wesley Lloyd Springer, Jr.

The book starts out with Hazel Marie going missing after heading out on a date with the church's fund-raiser. After being unable to receive any help from the local police force Miss Julia takes matters i
Jan 03, 2013 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This okay book would have been pretty good if it had been half as long. It's full of Miss Julia's ridiculous long-winded rants to the point of being tedious to the nth degree. (Yes, I expected some rants - it's a Miss Julia book after all!) But I did finish it amid loud whines of "Oh no, not another page!"
Sep 18, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second book in the Miss Julia series, we now know that Wesley Lloyd’s estate is where it belongs: half to Little Lloyd (a name that has now stuck) and half to Miss Julia. W.L. had intended for Little Lloyd to have it all, but North Carolina, a community-property state, thwarted his plan.

Having moved on after the shock of her late husband’s infidelity, Miss Julia has welcomed Hazel Marie and Little Lloyd into her home. Hazel Marie’s open, trusting, and honest nature endears her to her hos
Jul 02, 2014 Virma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love- " I Love Lucy" then Miss Julia Books are for you! Hilarious hi-jinks!
Ellen Benson
Miss Julia makes me tired. Don't think I can read any more of these. And she certainly goes to a different Presbyterian church than I do!
Nov 19, 2008 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I didn't like this book nearly as much as the first one in the series. I've heard they get better after this one. I hope so!
Oct 10, 2009 Tracey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
pretty much my rating. it was okay. really liked the first one. we'll see about the 3rd.
Jul 11, 2014 Ammy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is 2nd in a series. Miss Julia is a proper lady of a certain age with a sharp tongue and an iron backbone. When Hazel Marie goes missing (I won’t go into detail as to who that is) and the local police won’t assist, she takes matters into her own hands and hires a PI. The hunt leads her into the world of NASCAR (fish out of water plot).

I was hoping this would be a good series and that I could pick up one of these in between more intense books. However, I found Miss Julia unlikeable and judgm
Meredith Galman
Mar 25, 2008 Meredith Galman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Apparently some people think Miss Julia is a pip; I think she is a pill.
This is the 2nd book in this series I've read. I enjoy the story line and most the characters; however, the main character grates on my tolerance. Her character encapsulates everything, as a young woman, I endeavored never to be. I grew up in the deep south and I would never consider labeling Miss Julia a Southern Belle. Egads. She's brash and a bigot. In most ways she epitomizes what I know as a typical southern white woman (wealthy) of the generation belonging to my parents. A self-righteous, ...more
This book for me was just meh

The only reason this book got a 3 over getting a 1.5 or 2 stars was because of the last couple of chapters. I finished reading the last 120 pages or so over night. This, after me attempting to read it since December 2013. For a while, I thought it had more to do with me being extremely stressed for a while because when I get that stressed, it's harder for me to read and stay focused on even the best books. This book for me, even under good circumstances was boring. I
Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
I got this book from my sister Irene's club library. It has been sitting in my car for over two months and finally I started to read it and took two days doing so.

The beginning of the book was not very good and I thought a could of times that I did not have to finish it, but so far, I have not been able to do that except with "The Shack", the only book I decided I could not finish reading in my life... at least that I can recall...

it takes place in the south and our heroine is a well to do woma
I thoroughly enjoyed "Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind", probably because I was raised in a rural area and could relate to some of the characters and their situations. I was really expecting to enjoy this book as much, but it was a bit disappointing.
When Hazel Marie doesn't come home from a date, Miss Julia begins to panic and sets out to find her. With some help from Little Lloyd (who has grown up quite a bit from the first book) Hazel Marie is located and returned home. This happens about halfway t
Miss Julia Takes Over is book 2 of the Miss Julia mystery series by Ann B. Ross, set in modern-day North Carolina. Julia Springer is a very proper but spunky Southern lady who is learning to take care of everything herself since her husband’s death, and enjoying the freedom and responsibility.

Hazel Marie Puckett, mother of Julia’s grandson Little Lloyd, goes missing after a date with church fundraiser Wilson T. Hodges. Hazel Marie calls Miss Julia for help, but is cut off mid-sentence. Police L
Nicolas Sherman
Oct 07, 2013 Nicolas Sherman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book as it was one of the only reading books sitting in my home library, and my older sister read it before. When Julia Springer's nephew, Lloyd Jr., is found without his mother, Julia starts an investigation to find Lloyd's mother. After finding Hazel Marie, Lloyd's mother, Julia finds out that Hazel may have been involved in some crime. My favorite quote is,' "Oh, Lord," I said, laughing, because I recognized the metallic sounds. "He's run into the folding chairs." ' because it is ...more
Nov 03, 2007 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-novels
In the first book, Miss Julia is a widow who discovers that her husband has left her a lot more money than she thought they had and an illegitimate son. He gets left on her doorstep and she takes him in. A battle for his custody ensues between his returning mother and her uncle who wants control of what he thinks is the young boy’s inheritance. In the meantime, the preacher wants what he thinks should have been left to his church and tries to have Miss Julia declared incompetent.
The second book
Frances Johnson
Miss Julia takes action when her dead husband's paramour Hazel Marie goes missing. When the authorities don't move fast enough she hires a private detective and when he doesn't move fast enough she and "Little Lloyd", her dead husband's son start their own investigation. Their adventures take them through big truck racing, unscrupulous ministers and relatives and all sorts of fun and high jinx. It's a quick, witty, and funny book.
I adore Miss Julia's voice as main character and narrator. She is snarky, but loving; and has a comical way of not recognizing her personal flaws, while seeing them in others. There was a lot to love about this book, the characters, and the mystery as well. It was rather unfortunate that the storyline had so much in common with the first book, but it was easy enough to overlook with the present differences that did exist.
Patsy Tindell
Second in the series, this one is almost gets 4 stars. Miss Julia takes in Hazel Marie and Little Lloyd, her dead husband's lady friend and their little boy. When Hazel Marie disappears, Miss Julia hires J.D. Pickens to find her and insists on going with him on a trip that involves race car drivers. These books are silly but entertaining.
Sep 03, 2014 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in one day. Very entertaining, there were parts that just made me laugh out loud, and parts that made me so mad at Miss Julia, and sometimes so proud of her. Larry Ledbeter was too much, so entitled I was glad he got his due in the end. I give it a top rating because of the entertainment value, well done Ms. Ross.
I am totally hooked on Miss Julia, with no sign of letting up. I wish I could rate her as a 4-star. I am going to need to think about this whole star system. I loathe everything NASCAR, and yet I loved the book. Now I find out there are 16 in the series--this may continue on past the summer. Thank you, Miss Julia!
Dharia Scarab
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

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Ann B. Ross, who taught literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, is the author of Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, one of the most popular Southern debut novels in years, Miss Julia Takes Over, Miss Julia Throws a Wedding, and Miss Julia Hits the Road. She lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
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Other Books in the Series

Miss Julia (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (Miss Julia, #1)
  • Miss Julia Throws a Wedding (Miss Julia, #3)
  • Miss Julia Hits the Road (Miss Julia, #4)
  • Miss Julia Meets Her Match (Miss Julia, #5)
  • Miss Julia's School of Beauty (Miss Julia, #6)
  • Miss Julia Stands Her Ground (Miss Julia, #7)
  • Miss Julia Strikes Back (Miss Julia, #8)
  • Miss Julia Paints the Town (Miss Julia, #9)
  • Miss Julia Delivers the Goods (Miss Julia, #10)
  • Miss Julia Renews Her Vows (Miss Julia, #11)

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