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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.