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Miss Julia Stands Her Ground

(Miss Julia #7)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  3,441 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Ann B. Ross's most recent novel, "Miss Julia's School of Beauty," was a "New York Times" extended bestseller, with more fans drawn to Miss Julia's adventures every outing. "Miss Julia Stands Her Ground" finds our steel magnolia looking forward to many peaceful and happy years with her new husband, Sam. But she still has plenty to worry about. When Hazel Marie's troublemaki ...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published April 28th 2006 by Viking Books (first published April 1st 2006)
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Vanessa S.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
This was a pleasant, short read but nothing too extraordinary. This is the first of the Miss Julia books by Ann B. Ross that I have read, and it can be read as a standalone, but I feel like it's best to read them as a series. There was a good deal of flashbacks/recaps of prior events, and I got kind of lost in those sections, wanting the story to move more quickly. Nonetheless, this was still enjoyable, and I loved several of the characters because they felt so real. Miss Julia was so entertaini ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Miss Julia can't help but make me smile. She has such a great heart, sometimes it just takes a while to get past her huge ego. I want to warn all this series in order, otherwise you'll wonder "What was that about?" ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comfort-read, humor
This book is entertaining, but a the back flash of Christmas is a little confusing. I was listening using an audiobook and I wasn't sure if it had been recorded wrong. Nevertheless, it was entertaining as are all the books in the series.

When Hazel Marie's dastardly uncle comes back, he wrecks havoc with the household. He is bound and determined to prove that little Lloyd is not Wesley Lloyd's son and not heir to the Springer money. No one can figure what he has up his sleeve, but it causes the u
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Miss Julia Stands her Ground is another fun addition to Ann B. Ross’s delightful series. Hazel Marie has settled in as part of the family, with Miss Julia's working hard to get Hazel Marie and Little Lloyd accepted by the members of the church community. Then Sam, Miss Julia's husband, hears from the cousin of Hazel Marie who kidnapped Little Lloyd in the first book. Brother Vernon Puckett, a self-styled preacher, has come up with claims that Little Lloyd is not the son of Miss Julia's late husb ...more
I have read the previous 6 books in the Miss Julia series that preceded this one and did not enjoy this one quite as much---therefore, the reason for 3 stars. In this novel, Julia remembers back to how things were when Little Lloyd and his mother Hazel Marie first moved into her home---especially that first Christmas and how much they have added to her life. Although there is another plot by her scheming uncle Vernon Puckett to keep Hazel Marie from having access to Little Lloyd's inheritance, t ...more
Dawn King
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
The adventures of Miss Julia is captured by Ann B. Ross in this popular series. While this is not high literature, I thoroughly enjoy the situations that Miss Julia finds herself in. She is like a madcap Angela Lansbury careening through her small southern town trying to please everyone while dealing with her many personal crazy friends and relations. These are hilarious and often you can't put them down. I don't know why they never made this into a comedy series. ...more
This is my first Miss Julia. I love the way the author takes a character, Miss Julia, with oodles of flaws (snobby, out-of-touch with the real world) and grows her into a loving, generous person.

I doubt if I will listen to any other books in this series because there is so much recapping of previous stories it would drive me batty. In this case, being my first of these books, it was helpful...but I would tire of it after my second, third, fourth books, etc.
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy the Miss Julia series. Some really good Southern humor and Miss Julia is an older woman ... someone I can relate to with my advancing age!
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
another good, fun book with some of my favorite characters!!
Sherrill Watson
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Julia is in her 70s; formerly married to Wesley Lloyd Springer, now married to Sam, a former ('cause he's old) lawyer. It seems Little Lloyd isn't Wesley Lloyd's child according to Hellfire Preacher Brother Vernon Prickett. so Julia has to tell Hazel Marie that because of her brother they might have to disinter Wesley to get DNA evidence. 30 chapters later she's still trying to do that (!). Meanwhile, Little Lloyd has endeared himself to her and to us, and so has Hazel Marie Prickett. Hazel has ...more
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Miss Julia novels are certainly not great literature but they are lighthearted and they make me laugh. This one turned out to be the perfect holiday read because in it Miss Julia reminisces about her first Christmas with Little Lloyd and Hazel Marie; it was heartwarming and sweet and a lovely reminder that Christmas is truly what you make of it.
Heidi Burkhart
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Bobbie Ann
Sep 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, fiction, audio, light
Read by Cynthia Darlow. Pleasant, simple. Brother Vernon Puckett challenges paternity of young Lloyd.
Beth Yeary
As usual, Miss Julia blows everything out of proportion when Brother Verber returns. I don't see why her and Sam don't file a restraining order against the jerk, ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
While I did like the flashback to Christmas, I did not find this particular book riveting. I did skip over a few pages when I realized the type of party Miss Julia was hosting.
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Miss Julia Stands Her Ground by Ann B. Ross is the 7th book of the Miss Julia series set in contemporary small-town North Carolina. Julia and Sam are finally, confidently, happily married. It's December, time to plan for holiday celebrations. But life is disrupted by the reappearance of "Brother Vern" Puckett. Vanquished before by Miss Julia when he tried to steal Little Lloyd's inheritance, what does he want now? To besmirch Hazel Marie Puckett's name and shame Little Lloyd. He challenges the b ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: character-driven
Ann B. Ross's most recent novel, Miss Julia's School of Beauty, was a New York Times extended bestseller, with more fans drawn to Miss Julia's adventures every outing. Miss Julia Stands Her Ground finds our steel magnolia looking forward to many peaceful and happy years with her new husband, Sam. But she still has plenty to worry about. When Hazel Marie's troublemaking uncle, Brother Vernon Puckett, comes back to town, he claims to have conclusive proof that Little Lloyd is not the son of Miss J ...more
Stephanie Fosnight Regester
I discovered the Miss Julia books at Christmastime, and they’re always a pleasant little read. By Book 7, though, I was wondering what there was left for Miss Julia to DO, as the books always start off with some ho-hum difficulty that, about halfway in, turn into a farce of epic proportions. I’ve learned that if I stick with it through slow beginnings, before long I’ll be dying to know what happens to Julia, Hazel Marie, Sam and the gang. When Uncle Vern showed up in the first pages of this one, ...more
Chelsea Moeller
Jun 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Vernon Puckett needs to drop off the face of the earth.

What another fantastic episode of the Miss Julia series! I just love Sam, Lillian, Lloyd, Hazel Marie and Mr. Pickens. They're like good friends you want to visit again and again.

In this installment, Vernon Puckett shows up - again - with eyes on trashing Hazel Marie and taking over Lloyd's future. Despite his claims of godly redemption, his plans bring about angst and upset for Miss Julia. Trying to protect Lloyd and Hazel Marie, secrets ge
Kristin Hart
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Miss Julia Series is tied with The Southern Sisters Mysteries by Anne George and The Cat Who Series by Lilian Jackson Braun for my all time favorite series!! The characters are lovable and once you start reading the first one, you just can’t stop! You are on the edge of your seat dying to know what happens next until you get through every book! I searched for years for another great series like this and I couldn’t be happier to have found this one! A true treasure! There aren’t many great wr ...more
Karenbike Patterson
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
If you want something truly mindless to listen to while your husband is recovering from heart surgery then this is your book. Miss Julia is an opinionated, willful southern woman (who asks her new husband "Oh Sam, what should I do?") whose truly awful husband of 45 years has died. Julia takes in his mistress and her son by this bozo. This is so comically stereotypical that you'll think it was written in the 50's - including the black servant with the slow drawl. I guess we are supposed to admire ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Trouble comes to Miss Julia's house when Hazel Marie's uncle Vernon tries to get control of Little Lloyd's trust fund by claiming Miss Julia's late first husband Wesley Lloyd Springer wasn't really Little Lloyd's father. In these days of DNA that's quite easy to prove or disprove, so to give a bit more meat to this book, a large chunk of the middle is a flashback describing Miss Julia's first Christmas with Hazel Marie and Little Lloyd. I enjoyed this instalment but not as much as some of the ot ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The was one of the stronger books in the Miss Julia series. What made the book so special for me was Julia's fierce sense of protection of Hazel Marie and Little Lloyd. Also, there is an extended part of the book where Miss Julia recounts the first Christmas after Hazel Marie and Little Lloyd came to stay with her. And, of course, there are the droll observations Julia makes about the people and things around her. Her remarks concerning the American Dollar store being filled with merchandise fro ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She stood her ground!

There's only one more Miss Julia book I have to read but I would say that so far this is my favorite!

Hazel Marie's uncle shows up again trying to cause trouble. This time he claims that Little Lloyd is not Wesley Lloyd Springer's son and he has someone to back his claims. If you know Miss Julia, then you know she doesn't take this news lightly or sitting down!!
Truly a delightful tale. Love books where you can sit back, settle in and end up with a smile on your face. The antics in this one are pure delights. Miss Julia and new husband Sam must put their heads together when the paternity of little Lloyd comes into question. How can they stop Hazel Marie's evil uncle from ruining her reputation and trying to gain a foothold on little Lloyd's inheritance? An excellent read filled with humorous and delightful moments. ...more
David Szatkowski
I think we could all handle a bit of Miss Julia's wisdom and wit in our lives. In this chapter of the on-going series, there is a bit of an internal discontinuity of time. The Christmas scene and relationship to the Sam seems off, relative to the other books in the series to this point and this edition. Over all, the series continues to be worth reading. ...more
Heather Wallace
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel reminded me of Jan Karon’s Mitford series with a Southern twist. It was warm and comfortable, and an easy read. I loved the very proper, Southern Belle, character in Julia. She was spunky and totally believable. This was my first novel by Ann Ross, but won’t be my last. I look forward to reading some more Miss Julia adventures.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable read. Families ALL have problems, some more than others. Some find ways to sort them out, other do not. In this book problems are sorted, solutions found and life becomes better. I will have to find more of her books!!!
Laurie Dickens
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Miss Julia!

Love Miss Julia and her merry band of friends, family, and everything else in between! Such a fun read every time. I look forward to my next adventure. Highly recommend.
Martha Hann
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I love reading this silly series. The characters make me laugh and such easy, light-hearted reading feels good. Miss Julia books are a good diversion from the events happening in the world right now.
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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.

Other books in the series

Miss Julia (1 - 10 of 23 books)
  • Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (Miss Julia, #1)
  • Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia, #2)
  • 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 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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