Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind : A Novel--BOOKRING

by Ann B. Ross | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0688177751 Global Overview for this book
Registered by magicwritinggal of Fort Smith, Arkansas USA on 9/26/2003
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by magicwritinggal from Fort Smith, Arkansas USA on Friday, September 26, 2003
Fabulously fun and easy read. The first of the Miss Julia books, and my favorite.

Charming Southern eccentrics breathe life into a predictable story of a proper Presbyterian wife ("Miss Julia") who finds her true self after the sudden death of her husband of 44 years, wealthy but parsimonious banker Wesley Lloyd Springer. Julia is becoming accustomed to the role of rich widow when another shock intrudes: Hazel Marie Puckett appears on the front porch wearing "heels too high, a dress too short, and hair too yellow," with a nine-year-old boy in tow whose "eyes were so much like Wesley Lloyd's it was like looking at her husband before she ever met him." Hazel Marie is on her way to beauty school in Raleigh, N.C., since Wesley senior left no provision for her support, and Miss Julia realizes that she must take her husband's "last legacy" into her home.

Journal Entry 2 by magicwritinggal from Fort Smith, Arkansas USA on Sunday, October 12, 2003
Welcome to my bookring!

Once you get the book, send a PM to the next person on the list for their address. Journal when you receive and send it, and any other thoughts or such you'd like.

Please write your username and city and state or country somewhere on the inside cover. Stamps, postcards, etc. are also great, but not required.

Here's the final mailing order (special thanks to all who volunteered for the overseas shipments!):

1. arugh48187—Minnesota
2. eriko1908—Minnesota
3. reader1212—Washington
4. glade1—North Carolina
5. (skipped)
6. tootshelling—Arizona
7. shaunesay—Kansas
8. silverstone—Sweden--HAS RECEIVED BOOK
9. mytilusgirl—Scotland
10. kymberlie—Texas
11. and back to me! magicwritinggal—Arkansas

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and hope all of you do, too. Don't be shy with your opinions; Miss Julia wouldn't!

Journal Entry 3 by arugh48187 from Edina, Minnesota USA on Monday, October 20, 2003
Just received this from the postman today. I will read it as soon as I can and am looking forward to it.

Journal Entry 4 by arugh48187 from Edina, Minnesota USA on Thursday, November 06, 2003
Can't say that I loved this book, but I liked it well enough. The story was interesting, but I just couldn't get past my desire to slap some sense into Miss Julia. Her character was phenomenally written, inspiring me at times to want to shriek at the top of my lungs, "WAKE UP!! Can't you SEE what is HAPPENING?" I may or may not read the sequels. I haven't decided yet.

Passing on to the next on the list...

Journal Entry 5 by arugh48187 at Post Office at 153rd and Garrett in Apple Valley, Minnesota USA on Monday, November 10, 2003
Released on Monday, November 10, 2003 at Post Office at 153rd and Garrett in Apple Valley, MN, postal release USA.

Mailed off to the next person on the list.

Journal Entry 6 by eriko1908 from Plymouth, Minnesota USA on Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Picked this up from the Post Office today....after a bit of a delay.....Sorry!! Will begin reading tomorrow and get it back on it's travels soon!!

Journal Entry 7 by eriko1908 from Plymouth, Minnesota USA on Sunday, November 23, 2003
Finished this book this afternoon, nice, easy read. I had a bit of trouble putting an exact age on Miss Julia, and that didn't quite sit right in my mind. The one thing that really gets me about this book is how Miss Julia talks about her church and how the church is supporting her....I'm wondering if this is prevalent all across the country or just in Miss Julia's world....I hope all who read after me enjoy this as I did! Thanks magicwritinggal for sharing!

sending out to reader1212 tomorrow morning via media mail

Journal Entry 8 by magicwritinggal from Fort Smith, Arkansas USA on Monday, November 24, 2003
I'm pretty sure she's in her sixties.

As a Methodist preacher's kid, I can tell you the level of Miss Julia's church involvement isn't too rare here in the South (though my father's nothing like her minister). I can't speak for the rest of the country, though. Glad you liked it.

Journal Entry 9 by reader1212 from Federal Way, Washington USA on Saturday, December 06, 2003
Rec'd in the mail the other day and will start reading after I finish reading the current book I am reading.

Journal Entry 10 by reader1212 from Federal Way, Washington USA on Saturday, December 20, 2003
Well, I was able to get to the book much sooner than I had thought and I really enjoyed it-I am looking forward to reading more of the Miss Julia Books soon.
As soon as I get the next person's address, I will get it mailed on.

Journal Entry 11 by reader1212 from Federal Way, Washington USA on Thursday, January 08, 2004
The book is going on to Glade1 today.

Journal Entry 12 by glade1 from McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Thursday, January 15, 2004
Received this book in the mail yesterday from reader1212. I'm looking forward to reading it--my daughter's name is Julia and she definitely knows how to speak her mind! I'll be interested to see how this Miss Julia deals with the world. I'll write more later.

Journal Entry 13 by glade1 from McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Monday, February 02, 2004
Loved this one! It has a lot of craziness and some twists I did not expect.

I have been unable to get in touch with kymberlie so will send this along to tootshelling as soon as I get her address. We can add kymberlie back in later if she chooses.

Journal Entry 14 by glade1 from McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Saturday, February 28, 2004
I'm having a hard time passing this one along! Kymberlie was unable to take it and so is tootshelling, so I have PM'ed shaunesay to see if she is ready for it. Will make another entry when I send it out.

Journal Entry 15 by glade1 from McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Saturday, March 27, 2004
Mailed this book to shaunesay on 3-26-04.

Journal Entry 16 by shaunesay from Olathe, Kansas USA on Monday, March 29, 2004
Just received! Will journal again when I'm finished and pass it on! thanks for the Ring Magicwritinggal!

Journal Entry 17 by shaunesay from Olathe, Kansas USA on Sunday, May 02, 2004
Just finished! A fast, entertaining and convoluted little story! I did like Miss Julia's wit. I've never lived in a small town where everyone knew everyone quite the way this was, and can't imagine how irritating it would be to have everyone know your business! The ending was a little odd, as a betrayed wife, I don't know that I could have let his mistress and child into my life the way Julia did, but sometimes you find happiness in strange places! Thanks for sharing this one magicwritinggal!

I'll send on as soon as I get silverstone's address. Thanks!

Journal Entry 18 by Silverstone from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Saturday, May 29, 2004
This little gem popped through the mailslot some days ago.... I read it right away and realized I had a new series to look forward too. I've recently read the Mitford series and yes I do like them better but this one is highly enjoyable too.

It is so great to follow Miss Julias way from a dependent to an independent woman who lives as she chooses!!

Journal Entry 19 by Silverstone from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Friday, May 20, 2005
This book is finally on it's way to Mytilus (former Mytilusgirl), posted it in the city of Books - Oxford - while on holiday... a fitting place to send books from ;-) sorry for taking so long time...

Journal Entry 20 by Mytilus from Plymouth, Devon United Kingdom on Monday, May 30, 2005
Good grief; a year later and this pops through my door!

This actually arrived a few days ago but I've not been able to get internet access until today.

I thought this was a *wonderful* book. Initially I didn’t like Miss Julia (can you believe that?!), but I’ll tell you one thing, I loved her at the end!

Yes, the book ended far too tidily, but yes, it was such a super story that I didn’t care.

I’ve just read the other journal entries and was delighted to read that this is the first of a series.

I’ll pass the book on as soon as I’ve got the address of kymberlie. Thank you so much magicwritinggal for ringing this.

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