Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind: A Novel
Title: Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind: A Novel
Author: Ann B. Ross
Recently widowed and newly wealthy, Miss Julia is visited one day by Hazel Marie, who claims that her nine-year-old son is the child of Julia’s late husband, and when Julia is left to care for the child, she reveals the scandal that precipitated her husband’s death.
When Wesley Lloyd Springer passed away, he left his proper Southern wife two legacies. The first, as befits a gentleman of means, is the whole of his sizeable estate. The second, so astonishing thereupon hangs this wonderful and witty tale.
Miss Julia, recently bereaved and newly wealthy widow, is only slightly bemused when one Hazel Marie Puckett appears at her door with a youngster in tow. But this perfectly practiced composure is quickly reduced when Hazel Marie unceremoniously announces her intentions: the child is Wesley Lloyd’s bastard son and, since the man left her penniless, she’s leaving little Lloyd in Miss Julia’s care. Suddenly, this longtime church member and pillar of her small community finds herself in the center of an unseemly scandal—and the guardian of a wan nine-year-old whose mere presence will turn her life upside down.
With razor wit and perfect Steel Magnolia poise, Miss Julia speaks her mind indeed—about a robbery, a kidnapping, and all the other disgraceful goings-on that are precipitated by her husband’s death. Fast-paced and charming, with a sure sense of comic drama and a cast of crazy characters, this beguiling novel will delight readers from first page to last.