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Miss Julias School Of Beauty [Hardcover]

Ann Ross

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March 22 2005
Miss Julia’s wildly popular escapades have kept readers coming back again and again. In Miss Julia Meets Her Match, she finally succumbed to Sam’s charms and became Mrs. Murdoch. Will marriage dampen this proper lady’s sense of adventure? Fortunately for her growing legion of fans, the answer is no. In Miss Julia’s School of Beauty, Hazel Marie is organizing a beauty pageant to raise money for the sheriff’s department and enlists Miss Julia’s help in teaching the contestants etiquette and poise. Between settling into a new, unfamiliar home and refereeing the squabbles between Sam’s housekeeper, James, and her beloved Lillian, Miss Julia could use a distraction. But when Hazel Marie and Little Lloyd—who are still in residence at her old homestead—have a dangerous domestic mishap that only she can set right, Miss Julia packs up and moves back home, Sam in tow.

Just when everything seems to have returned to almost normal, the town erupts with rumors about a marriage mill that may be performing fraudulent ceremonies. What would the town think if they found out Sam and Miss Julia might be living in sin?


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Viking USA (March 22 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739453661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670033881
  • ASIN: 067003388X
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,700,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Abbotsville, North Carolina's arbiter of all things proper, Miss Julia, and her friend Sam are finally married--or are they? Something is not quite right about their spur-of-the-moment nuptials at the Wedding Ring Chapel near Dollywood. The fact that she may have been living with Sam without being legally wed sends the normally unflappable Miss Julia into a tailspin, but that's not all she has to contend with. Her late first husband's erstwhile mistress, Hazel Marie, whom Miss Julia now thinks of as family, is organizing a beauty pageant to raise money for the sheriff department's canine unit and enlists Miss Julia's help. Also on the pageant committee is Etta Mae Wiggins, who once set her cap for Sam. Housekeeper Lillian and Sam's man James are feuding over who is the better cook. And LuAnne Conover is planning a big surprise reception for the supposed newlyweds at the country club. Fun for series fans, although a few of Ross' characters teeter dangerously close to being stereotypes. Mary Ellen Quinn
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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, Asheville.

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--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The title is a tad misleading April 8 2005
By Corinne H. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Miss Julia, that spitfire of a widow from North Carolina, has gone and eloped with lawyer Sam Murdoch. Avid readers of this series will remember that Sam pursued Julia at every turn, and she was too close to see his attention for what it was. She's still not sure about his intentions, even though they're now married -- or are they? Seems the minister they ran to in Tennessee wasn't ordained by a legal church. Ooops! So Julia and Sam are in trouble, as are a few dozen other couples and a famous country singer whose wedding-gone-awry story appears in a supermarket tabloid.

That's only the minor storyline here. The big news is that Hazel Marie is planning a local beauty contest, and to that end she enlists the help of Miss Julia and her nemesis, Etta Mae Wiggins. The six contestants must be taught how to walk, talk, dress, and make themselves appealing to the audience and the three judges. Hazel Marie and Etta Mae do most of the work with the girls, so no formal School of Beauty exists. But to Miss Julia's credit, she takes the most needy contestant under her wing and does pretty well with her. And the pageant is a success.

Other readers may think this episode is somehow lacking, but I laughed out loud more than once at Miss Julia's observations and succinct assessments. Her constant appraisal of everything that comes her way is one of her endearing qualities. She *does* need to calm down where Sam is concerned and simply trust that he is indeed a good man who is hopelessly devoted to her. Perhaps time will tell in that respect.

An entertaining read with memorable characters.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Julia--married or not? Aug. 19 2005
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Miss Julia and Sam Murdoch have eloped to the Smoky Mountains and have had a family honeymoon at Dollywood. Unfortunately, there seems to be some doubt as to whether the wedding chapel preacher is really qualified to perform weddings. Since proper behavior is #1 with Miss Julia, she tells Sam that they must have separate quarters until the marriage mystery is cleared up. Meanwhile Hazel Marie, Miss Julia's erstwhile housemate, is involved in a beauty pageant which will raise money for the sheriff's department. She, Miss Julia, and the flirtatious Etta Mae Wiggins, are in charge of the pageant and the contestants, a rag-tag group of six girls which present a real challenge to their mentors. This book is not quite as much fun as its predecessors in the series, because of Miss Julia's unfounded concerns about Sam's fidelity and whether he truly wants to be married to her. Otherwise, it's the usual romp with the characters which have become to beloved in the other books.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still cute, but... April 5 2005
By Kirsten Wallevand - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
While I enjoyed this latest "Miss Julia" novel, some of the aspects of the series are getting a little old. For instance, Julia's tendenancy to jump to conclusions and get herself into a completely misdirected tizzy is starting to feel farfetched and tiresome. As is the meddling of her "friends" and neighbors. When Julia's friend, Luanne Conover, wants to throw Julia and Sam a wedding celebration and Julia refuses, Luanne chews her up one side and down the other. I cannot believe that anyone would put up with it the way Julia does. And the day my pastor aimed his sermon at me specifically would be the day I found another church. For such a strong, opinionated character, Julia sure lets people run rough-shod over her.

The premise of "School of Beauty" is that Hazel Marie is organizing a beauty pagent to help raise funds for the sheriff's department. Miss Julia is brought in to help the contestants with deportment. The second story line is that the validity of Julia's and Sam's marriage is called into question when it surfaces that the minister who performed the ceremony in Pigeon Forge, TN might not be authorized by the state to officiate. Of course, this causes problems for our ever proper Miss Julia as she goes into full panic mode about "living in sin" (another far-fetched notion...I mean, we are in the 21st century and no one will sew a scarlet A to her blouse). All I can say is, God bless Sam for putting up with her.

All in all, it was a good book, but the character of Miss Julia isn't continuing to evolve into the strong, independent woman I hoped she'd be. She still cares too much about what others think and still allows their opinions to dictate her actions.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Silly Plot, A Waste of Time June 7 2007
By J. Jamison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love books about Southern women. Usually they are interesting and fun to read. When I picked this book up from a bargain table, I thought I was getting a book I would enjoy. At that time I didn't know this was a series, so when I started reading it, I decided to order two more of her books. Hopefully, they will be better than this one. This book is a total waste of time. Miss Julia makes a mountain out of ever molehill, and a problem that drags on for 300 pages could have been solved easy as pie. Miss Julia and her new husband Sam learn that the preacher in Pidgeon Forge, Tenn. might not have been a real preacher, and they might not be legally married. That's the problem. All they would have had to do was find a real preacher and get it done legally, which is what Sam wanted to do, but Miss Julia comes up with every excuse in the book not to get married again, all the while moaning and groaning that she and Sam are living in sin. The whole premise was so stupid that I'm sorry I ordered the other two books. I just hope they are better than this one. This one is awful.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Miss Julia Getting Senile? June 24 2005
By Serene Night - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Wow, for a series which started off with a strong independent older female character, Miss Julia has really really let herself go. I knew it would be the 'kiss of death' for Julia to get married, (this time to 'too good to be true' Sam Murdoch), and I'm sad to say I was right. Miss Julia's problems in this book are all in her head. Her silly dithering about her marriage, her jealous obsession over Sam and other women and her silly worrying about whether she is married or not, are so unlike the practical sensible widow, I have to sigh.

I'm sorry to say it, but if Miss Ross is to revitalize the series, she'd need to do something drastic. Such as A: Dump Sam (sorry, never liked the character. Miss Julia needs a bad boy, not a saint), B: do something about the Mr. Pickens situation, C: and get something *real* for Miss Julia to worry about rather than herself. When I saw the title of this book, I thought Miss Julia *might* be getting herself a new hobby. Unfortunately, the title is misleading.

Might be worth picking up at the library, but definitely the worst in the series. I was *so* disappointed.

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