Miss Julia Stirs up Trouble (Miss Julia Series #14)

Miss Julia Stirs up Trouble (Miss Julia Series #14)

by Ann B. Ross
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Miss Julia Stirs up Trouble (Miss Julia Series #14) by Ann B. Ross

Bestselling author Ann B. Ross cooks up a batch of fun in this latest novel in her popular series

With a crisp bite in the air, Miss Julia is enjoying a well-earned respite by her new fireplace. But autumn leaves aren’t the only things falling: James, Hazel Marie’s housekeeper, has had a nasty tumble down some stairs. How can Hazel Marie feed and take care of him—not to mention a husband and two babies—when she barely knows how to boil water?

Miss Julia jumps in to help by convincing the ladies of Abbotsville to put on their aprons and give cooking lessons. With success so close she can taste it, Miss Julia isn’t thrilled when an unexpected visitor shows up. Brother Vern Puckett, Hazel Marie’s no-good uncle, started life on the wrong foot and stayed there. What could he possibly want from his frazzled niece this time?

With a delightful helping of madcap antics, Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble is a perfect next course in this charming series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670026104
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Series: Miss Julia Series , #14
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ann B. Ross holds a doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and has taught literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She is the author of thirteen previous novels featuring the popular southern heroine Miss Julia. She lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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Miss Julia Stirs up Trouble: A Novel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
An_Arkansas_Reader More than 1 year ago
This is the 14th book in Ann B. Ross’ delightful Miss Julia Series. Just as Miss Julia is taking a moment to pause and count her blessings, all manner of chaos breaks loose in the Pickens’ household. James, housekeeper and cook, falls breaking his arm and spraining his ankle. Hazel Marie’s Uncle Vern shows up, claiming poor health and begging a place to stay from his only relatives; and J. D. is spotted around town with different women in his car. Hazel Marie, already busy with twin baby girls, is struggling with the full household. Of course, Miss Julia takes it upon herself to remedy the situation in her usual comic manner. With James unable to cook, Miss Julia worries that the Pickens family will starve, so she gathers recipes from friends to share with struggling cook Hazel Marie. Recipes are shared at the end of each chapter. I enjoyed this installment in Ross’ humorous Southern fiction series, set in North Carolina. I read the first 13 books straight through, finishing late last year, and this reading this book was like a chance to sit back down with good friends I haven’t seen in a while. I laughed out loud while reading! Personally, I would have enjoyed more Miss Julia & Co. and fewer recipes, but the story was great, and Miss Julia’s comments at the end of each recipe are quite entertaining. While this would be a good story and good cookbook read alone, reading this series in order (Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind is first) would be my recommendation, as the characters develop and change so much throughout.
annieNC More than 1 year ago
Ann Ross writes a great story of Miss Julia. It always holds your interest. I like a continued series of the same characters and what happens next in their lives. Waiting for next year's edition
janesquires More than 1 year ago
A cookbook and a story all in one. It kept me busy writing off recipes and putting in a self-stick photo album. I plan to try some of the recipes. I plan to share book with someone else. Julia means well. But her concern for Hazel Marie keeps her busy and almost got her in trouble. Once someone thought she was a witch (not going to give it away) and another she almost got kidnapped by a criminal. She ended up in middle of a sting operation. Hazel Marie has her hands full when her housekeeper falls down the stairs, plus two babies, and then to top it all her Uncle shows up. I loved the idea of the cookbook. It is a page turner all the way.
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JP33AL More than 1 year ago
I love Ann B. Ross books, but I'm afraid this one was boring. It seemed she lacked for a story line. If I had wanted a cookbook, I would have ordered one. JP33AL
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Would not recomnend
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I have been a dedicated reader of Miss Julia books since the very first one. Wow was I disappointed in Miss Julia Stirs up Trouble! Had I wanted a recipe book I could have purchased one from my church with the same recipes. LuAnne's kitchen hints was also a wasted page filler in this book. Ms. Ross I know you can do better. This one was definitely not up to your previous standards.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Miss Julia…a prime, proper southern lady with a strong well, a stern exterior and a force to be reckoned with. But underneath, a heart of gold who would do anything (and has) for the people she loves. What starts out as a seemingly calm autumn day in Abbottsville, NC, with Miss Julia enjoying her yard and newly remodeled house (well, three rooms at least), quickly turns to chaos. Her friend Hazel Marie’s housekeeper falls down the stairs and winds up bedridden. This leaves Hazel Marie to tend to him, care for her newborn twin daughters, manage the household, and cook (when she can barely boil water) all while her husband, Mr. Pickens, is away on private investigation business. Miss Julia steps in with a plan. She recruits the ladies of Abbottsville to not only share their recipes and a covered dish (as any southern lady would do during illness), but also teach Hazel Marie how to prepare the recipe. All is going according to plan until Hazel Marie’s greedy uncle, Brother Vern, an itinerant preacher shows up claiming sickness and needing his family (Hazel Marie) near. To make matters worse, Mr. Pickens has been seen driving different women around town while he was suppose to be working. Miss Julia has her hands full as she tries to bring calm and order back to the lives of her friends and her family. This time around Miss Julia’s adventure is more of a home-bound type without some of the crazy antics she has pulled in the past. However, author Ann B. Ross gives a fun look at how quickly everyday life can turn upside down and become a snowball-effect of trouble. Miss Julia continues to give advice with a sharp-tongue, but more of her tender spirit comes through this time. Ross has created a fun protagonist in Miss Julia readers can’t help but love. She may be prime and proper, but she’s had difficult times and overcame them with dignity giving readers laugh-out-loud moments along the way. All of the characters are well-developed and realistic with their flaws and emotions. Ross continues to evolve her characters with each installment keeping fans of the series anticipating the next development. MISS JULIA STIRS UP TROUBLE moves at a swift pace with the story flowing smoothly. Readers are also treated to the delicious recipes the ladies of Abbottsville provide Hazel Marie as Miss Julia receives them. The notations included with each are a cute reminder that Miss Julia is in charge. This is the 14th installment in the Miss Julia series and can be read on its own. However, I would recommend reading the series in order to fully appreciate Miss Julia and how the various characters have grown throughout the series. If you can’t read the series in order, at least try to read the first installment first to completely understand where Miss Julia began and what makes her who she is. The residents of Abbottsville are entertaining characters you will want to visit time and time again. Miss Julia is someone you’d like to live next door to as long as you had a book of proper etiquette handy at all times. MISS JULIA STIRS UP TROUBLE is a delightful read that will have you smiling from the opening page to the last paragraph. FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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I am a big fan of Miss Julia and lately have been buying the Nook editions so I was sorely disappointed to get to the end of the book and find that page numbers have been left off the the list of recipes. The author states at the beginning of the  that both are listed in  the back of the book. I think i deserve a refund!!
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NewsieQ More than 1 year ago
Things haven’t been the same at Miss Julia’s house since Hazel Marie (Miss Julia’s late husband’s paramour) and Little Lloyd (her son) showed up on her doorstep. Little Lloyd has grown a lot since then – and he has acquired two infant half-sisters, twin daughters of his mother and her new husband J.D. Pickens, a private investigator. When James, who helps Hazel Marie keep house, falls and injures himself enough that he’s incapacitated, things in the Pickens home are up for grabs. As usual, Miss Julia decides to jump in and help. One of her ideas is to help Hazel Marie learn to cook for the family. She enlists the help of her friends to create a cookbook and demonstrate one of the main dish recipes for Hazel Marie. (Recipes are included in this book.) And, worried that J.D., who has always had a roving eye, will stray for the path of marital fidelity if Hazel Marie doesn’t get a complete makeover, Miss Julia figures out a way to get that done. As usual Miss Julia, well-intentioned and big-hearted as she is, gets herself into trouble in any number of ways, with hilarious results. And her new second husband Sam is there to bail her out if need be. This is a series I absolutely love, and think of the characters as real people that I care about. I hope Ms. Ross continues this wonderful series for a very long time, at least until “Little” Lloyd is married with children of his own. This is a series I collect in hard cover and one which I plan to read over and over.
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