Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day

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Fan favorite Etta Mae Wiggins takes center stage in the latest novel in the New York Times bestselling Miss Julia series

Bestselling author Ann B. Ross is back with another lively adventure set in Miss Julia’s Abbotsville. For the first time, though, she writes from the perspective of another resident: the hardscrabble, heart-of-gold Etta Mae Wiggins. Etta Mae is frustrated with her trailer-park life and her no-good family, and she has big dreams for something better. Working as...

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Overview

Fan favorite Etta Mae Wiggins takes center stage in the latest novel in the New York Times bestselling Miss Julia series

Bestselling author Ann B. Ross is back with another lively adventure set in Miss Julia’s Abbotsville. For the first time, though, she writes from the perspective of another resident: the hardscrabble, heart-of-gold Etta Mae Wiggins. Etta Mae is frustrated with her trailer-park life and her no-good family, and she has big dreams for something better. Working as the home nurse for the elderly but wealthy Howard Connard, Senior, she finally sees her chance—with her sexy curves and infectious charm, Etta Mae is determined to become his wife. Unfortunately, Connard’s scheming, money-hungry son and stuck-up daughter-in-law are equally determined to make sure she doesn’t. To make matters worse, Etta Me’s exhusband Skip (her first ex, that is) has shown up with a winning lottery ticket in his hand and local thugs hot on his heels. Plus, her dreamy former flame, officer Bobby Lee, keeps popping up to remind her that she’s not over him yet. In the middle of all this mayhem, Etta Mae has to get that marriage license—before it’s too late!

A hilarious wild goose chase that takes us from the mansions of Abbotsville to the trailer park that Etta Mae calls home, this book is filled with familiar faces (including Miss Julia, who narrates the first chapter), features Ann Ross’s signature wit and southern charm, and will appeal to fans of the beloved series and newcomers alike.

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-02
In the 16th installment of theAbbotsville novels, Miss Julia steps to the margins so sexy Etta Mae Wiggins,collector of Barbies and lover of men, can enter the spotlight.Etta Mae, just 30 and twicedivorced, wants a little respect from the blue-nosed ladies of the garden club;she aspires to greater things than life in a trailer park and hard hours as ahome health care assistant. Rich old Mr. Howard Connard is recovering from astroke with her patient help and has asked her to marry him; they're secretlyplanning the society wedding of her dreams. Then Mr. Connard Junior comes totown, barring Etta Mae from contact with his father, whom he's shipping off toan old folks home. Etta Mae needs to marry Mr. Howard within a day. If only herex-husband Skip didn't show up at her double-wide, hiding out from thugs tryingto steal his winning lottery ticket. And then a few hours later, she discoversJunior unconscious on her couch, his head banged in (requiring lots ofconversations with the sheriff, which she just doesn't have time for). Thoughthere are amusing coming and goings in Abbotsville, too often Ross uses obviousshortcuts to build her characters—Etta Mae's Kathie Lee Gifford dress fromWal-Mart, her collector NASCAR Barbie—which results in a caricature instead ofa sympathetic portrait of her heroine. A slapstick lingerie shower,featuring vengeful hillbillies and a drunk Miss Julia, is followed by a (moreage-appropriate) happy ending for our Etta Mae.Much of the same Southern-friedslapstick from Ross; only for fans of the series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670024377
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/19/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 33,747
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Ross

Ann B. Ross is the bestselling author of fifteen novels featuring the popular southern heroine Miss Julia, including, most recently, Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover. She holds a PhD in English from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and has taught literature at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. She lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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  • Posted August 28, 2014

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    Dollycas¿s Thoughts If you are a fan of the Miss Julia book



    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    If you are a fan of the Miss Julia books you have already been introduced to Etta Mae Wiggins. If you have not had the pleasure this is a great book to start with. After that you will want to start from the beginning with Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind.

    Ann B. Ross writes in a way that engages you into this crazy story right away. Etta Mae sure get herself into zany predicaments. Her heart is in the right place but nothing for her is ever easy. Her dilemmas will have you chuckling and some will tug at your heart. Etta Mae is a strong sassy woman and I absolutely love her!!!

    The entire series is absolutely charming and full of wonderful characters. There is always a bit of mystery, a dash of romance, and a barrel full of humor. The dialogue has a true southern feel and the settings from the trailer court to high class homes of the upper crust of Abbotsville are delightfully described.

    I need to catch up with Miss Julia in Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble and Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover and I will be doing that very soon.

    It is never a Worst Bad-Luck Day when you travel to Abbotsville courtesy of Ann B. Ross!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2014

    I loved this book. I think this is Ann Ross's best book to date

    I loved this book. I think this is Ann Ross's best book to date. The fun side of both Etta Mae and Miss Julia comes out. Also, we are allowed to find out what Etta Mae really thought of Miss Julia in their early days. Charming and very funny. I hope that the sexy sheriff is in Etta Mae's future in a permanent way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

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    I love all of her books but this one by far has been her best.

    I love all of her books but this one by far has been her best. The problem was I couldn't put it down and kept reading. I finally finished at 4:00 am and I was dead tired the next day. It was well worth it. I hope she writes more books with Etta Mae as the main character. Must read book. You won't be disappointed!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

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    Hilarious and Lively Adventure

    The characters in author Ann B. Ross’s Miss Julia novels are memorable to say the least. They are zany, eclectic and likable, but most of all down-to-earth. Etta Mae Wiggins, a recurring characters in the series, is one such personality. She’s hard working with a heart of gold, but bad luck seems to be her constant companion. Fed up with her life and determined to do better for herself, Etta Mae comes up with a plan. Working as a home nurse for elderly Howard Connard Sr., Etta Mae sees a way to give the wealthy old man happiness in his final days and herself a proper place in Abbotsville society. As the couple plan their nuptials, Connard’s son and daughter-in-law have other plans to make sure no one but them gets the old man’s money. To add to Etta Mae’s problems, her first ex-husband Skip Taggert shows up making major promises, but bringing only trouble and heartache with him. Then there’s Deputy Bobby Lee Moser, her hunky former boyfriend, who still stirs excitement in her. As Etta Mae tries to make it to the altar for the third time, she has to overcome a number of twists and turns along the way. Her spitfire attitude keeps her on course, but life never turns out quite like Etta Mae plans. Once again the author has blended her Southern wit and charm with a fast pace story that will have you laughing and crying. While Miss Julia isn’t the focus of this story, she does make an appearance giving new readers an introduction to Etta Mae. The characters are engaging and the dialogue will have you in stitches. Etta Mae is a strong-willed woman who may be a bit impetuous, but only wants to be loved and respected. ETTA MAE’S WORST BAD-LUCK DAY is an entertaining, hilarious and lively adventure you don’t want to miss. The vivacious Etta Mae Wiggins makes a bad-luck day enjoyable in true Southern style.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2014

    I love Ms. Ross' writing!  I have laughed out loud alone or wit


    I love Ms. Ross' writing!  I have laughed out loud alone or with some body, reading in bed, sitting in an airport, doctors office, my front porch.. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    I love Miss Julia and cannot wait for new books to come out, but

    I love Miss Julia and cannot wait for new books to come out, but this fails totally.

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    As a super fan of the Miss Julia series, I had high expectations

    As a super fan of the Miss Julia series, I had high expectations of this book and they were met and exceeded.  Etta Mae’s book is filled with all the humor, heart, and misadventure that has kept fans anxiously awaiting the next Miss J. book time after time.  I have always let Miss Julia color my opinion of Etta Mae, so of course I have come to understand her a bit and appreciate her more.  After reader he book,  I feel that we are good friends and I want so much for her.  I would be glad to see more books focused on her or more of a focus on her in the Miss Julia books.  Where ever Ann B. Ross decides to take us next, I will be there for the adventure.
    I won this book through the blog, Escape with Dollycas!

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  • Posted September 25, 2014

    This is the first book by Ann B Ross that I have picked up to re

    This is the first book by Ann B Ross that I have picked up to read and I cannot believe that I have not found this series before.  While not reading the others meant that I was not familiar with all the characters, I did not feel like I was lost or behind on the going ons in this series.    The author did a great job bringing the reader up to speed without dragging out the story with facts from past books.  




    Etta Mae and her friends had me laughing with tears throughout the entire story.    I know Etta Mae, I have visited her trailor, and I have hung out with her.   She was someone I could pictures and could see how her life was lived.    Although, not an easy life, she lived a real life and lived it with as much gusto as anyone possibly can.   








    I am absolutely positive that I will be going back and checking out the rest of the Miss Julia series.   If you are looking for a fun and easy read do not wait to pick this book up. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Good book

    This book is in keeping with the Miss Julia series and is funny and help fill in the back story of a secondary character.

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