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Miss Julia Raises the Roof

(Miss Julia #20)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  938 ratings  ·  151 reviews
The nineteenth installment of the beloved and New York Times bestselling Miss Julia series

With her husband Sam off on a trip to Europe, Miss Julia reckons it's about time to roll up her sleeves and be of some use to her community. It's then that she hears that the nosy do-gooder Madge Taylor and the new pastor Rucker are embarking on a mission to buy up the vacant house ne
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Viking (first published March 27th 2018)
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Denise Jewell
Apr 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
(Audio) I was anxiously awaiting for the book to be available and as soon as it was I bought and downloaded it. I have never been so disappointed, mad, frustrated.

For years I have had to adjust my mind and enjoy the books despite my feelings about the author whom I abhor. She is obviously racist as she's created a book where all the blacks are poor and work for rich white people in the modern world. Obviously she was wishing "make America great again" long before #45. However despite the blatant
Susan Snodgrass
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Law, Miss Julia," Lillian said, laughing. "You a pistol when you get on your high horse."

That's exactly what Miss Julia does in this 19th installment of Ann B. Ross's 'Miss Julia' series. I fell in love with these books with the very first and they have held me enthralled ever since. Rip-roaring hilarious, with a special blend of Southern charm and manners, readers will be delighted all over again with this one, for Miss Julia is in excellent form as she sets her sights on one Madge Taylor as t
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Apr 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Goodbye, Miss Julia. I've loved this series from the beginning, but some horrible mistake has been made with this story. Mean-spirited, accusatory, and manipulative, it has none of the usual warmth and generous spirit of the past stories. What in the world happened? Miss Julia is completely unlikeable here. The only way she redeems herself, very slightly, is through her money - making things happen the way she wants because she can buy what she wants. And that's rather offensive.

While Ross has a

LInda L
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I did not enjoy this book as much as the previous 19. There was an underlying feeling of prejudice which I did not like nor agree with. Also, HazelMarie has turned into a whiner without a brain. The story was that Julia did not want a group home next door to HazelMarie and Lloyd because she was afraid it would make them move. Other issues came into play as well -- I did enjoy reading about the dog -- but the Intervention was kind of dumb. Both times. Maybe Miss Julia has about run her course -- ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a mean spirited, disappointing read. Miss Julia and her cohorts are up in arms a group home for homeless boys will be next door to Hazel Marie. It was exceptionally poor taste for Hazel Marie to suggest putting a shooting range next to the Home. Mr. Pickens builds a (Trump) wall between his property and the proposed group home. Miss Julia is horrified her church may be helping people who are not Christians! Ann Ross has been emboldened to put her true feelings out there in this installm ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was really disappointed and uncomfortable with this book. I've read most of the others and saw them as a way to pass a lazy afternoon with an interesting group of people. I was shocked and disgusted the more I read. I read the entire thing because I kept hoping that there was some joke or some sarcasm in there and I would find it out before the end of the book. I can't believe that she left it that way. It changed the way I view this series and will never read another. At least I borrowed it f ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed...long story short.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Change is in the air for Miss Julia and some of her closest friends, and it’s not all good. When a group home for wayward teen boys threatens the quiet neighborhood where Hazel Marie lives by moving next door to her, Miss Julia is driven to action. But she and those against the home are chastised by those in favor of it as being unchristian and unfair to those less fortunate. Author Ann B. Ross takes an interesting look at something that many people are for, as long as it is not in their own bac ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: easy-reading
Miss Julia Raises the Roof by Ann B. Ross is the latest installment of her Miss Julia series. In this story Miss Julia learns that the house next door to Etta Mae's is going to be turned into a group home and she begins a campaign to stop this from happening. Sam is in Europe and only appears in the last third of the novel. I was so disappointed in this story. Miss Julia is up to her usual gossipy meddling and I usually find it somewhat humorous but not in this story. I didn't really understand ...more
Barbara Nutting
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
First, 5 stars to the book jacket illustrator, Mary Ann Lasher - each one perfectly depicts the story in a colorful array of artwork. Book 20 was as good as Book 1 - but this adventure was a little less frivolous and actually had a lesson to be learned. Know your zoning laws!! I’ll say goodbye to Miss Julia until next year when she will again be charming the pages of a new book, “the good Lord willin’ and the crick don’t rise.” 😊
Melanie Rightmyer
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2018
Disappointing. I usually enjoy Miss Julia but this book hit too close to some issues we are currently facing in the world today. The narrow mindedness, the scorn for the "do-gooders" was too close to what we are seeing in our country today.
Tammie Davis walters
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of critical reviews of this book as being racist and insensitive. I think those who were quick to judge either didn't finish the book or are themselves quick to shout insensitivity and racism about everything. Unfortunately the latter becoming the norm it seems in this present day. So diluting the word racism that it is likely to fall on deaf ears. Which is unfortunate. --- I am looking forward to Miss Julia's next adventure.
Kathy McC
Jun 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am almost speechless. I have always looked forward to the newest installation of Miss Julia's antics. Always made me happy.
Sadly, I will be reading no more of Ms. Ross's books. This was novel that did not hide her racism and stereotyping.

"Passing the small independent church that was known for latching on to every liberal cause that came along and calling it progression."

"Not only was he foisting junior criminals on us, he intended to settle among us foreign refugees who probably believed t
Jul 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Add me to the list of former Miss Julia fans. I kept waiting for her heart to soften, or for someone to set her straight, but gave up and will not be reading any more books by Ann B. Ross.
In addition to the hateful NIMBY and anti-refugee garbage, I thought the reason given for Sam's trip to Europe was another unnecessarily divisive detail. Insinuating that there is imminent danger of a "holy way" against European churches is ludicrous at best.
I'm not a member of the Christian faith, but I've o
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Love this series! Love this author! I would be happy as a clam to be a part of Miss Julia's inner circle and an active participant in all of her high jinks. On a more serious note, this book offers a lot of food for thought on how to be a good neighbor to those in need, as well as where Christianity ends and politics begins. Highly recommend!
Tywanna Johnson
May 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Two Thumbs Down!
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ann-b-ross
Reading a Miss Julia book is like visiting an old friend in a nice little town I don't get to visit often enough.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Miss Julia is a cranky old trumpette.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Ok, but I was beginning to worry about Miss Julia's bias for awhile.
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I really like the Miss Julia Series. This one has a different feel to it, however it still is a fun read. It doesn't appear to be everyone's favorite book. I just love Little Lloyd. He is growing up and still has a close relationship with Julia, her husband Sam, Lillian, etc. Appearance is everything in their
town. Julia has money and her husband Sam is a man of means too. They live a very comfortable life.

I have been reading Miss Julia books for as long as I can remember. Ross is the master of
Ashley Meyers
May 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Jacqueline Roberts
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Miss Julia up to her usual shenanigans. Ann B Ross makes her characters so true to life.
Miss Julia wrestles with moral, spiritual, and relationship dilemmas we can all relate to.
I appreciate that Miss Julia has aged along with me and managed to keep her good humor while displaying her virtues and foibles.
Martha Avans
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reading
Another great Miss Julia book.
Its been a few years since I read one of these books. But this one is as good as the others.
As normal, for Miss Julia, she has a way to get herself in some trouble or in the middle of a problem. But she always does it out of the goodness of her heart.

Thanks to netgalley I got to read this book early
Susan R
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Somehow this seems to have missed the mark a bit.... Julia comes across as harsh, judgemental, and manipulative. She does at times question her actions, but then justifies most of them. Ending was rushed and awkward.
May 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not her usual heart-warming read, which were fun to read between more serious selections. Another series I've enjoyed has gone awry.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Did I like this because it was fairly good, or because I liked its predecessors in the series? Sometimes with these long-running series it can be hard to tell. Miss Julia is outraged when a local do-gooder, abetted by her own church, buys a house next door to Hazel Marie's, and starts turning it into a group home for at risk teen-aged boys. Miss Julia's worst fear is that Hazel Marie's family will move away from their neighborhood, and she tries to stop the project.
May 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite in the series. Characters weren’t very like able or true to past books
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The subject matter of this book was contemporary and challenging. Miss Julia is faced with the situation of someone wanting to use an empty house next to her family members as a group home for teenage boys. She is against it for various reasons as are those family members. So there is conflict in the community, in herself, and in the reader. It is hard to know what side is right and I felt uncomfortable with Miss Julia's actions. She is accused of being a NIMBY and that is true, but she also had ...more
Nancy Haddock
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, I didn't get to see as much of Latisha, but Ronnie the dog was fun! Another most enjoyable book in this series, and now I have a wait for the next one. Come on, Ms. Ross! Write fast!
Megann Zeigler
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cute story easy read.
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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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