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Good, Not Great....
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2006
Miss Julia stands her ground is the latest edition in the Miss Julia series. I listened to the unabridged audio edition and found it a pleasant but unchallenging listen.
When Hazel-Marie's devious cousin Brother Verne comes to town with allegation that "Little" Lloyd is not Wesley Lloyd's legitimate son, Miss Julia struggles to deal with the ramifications of this malicious accusation, as well as to deal with her troubled past as wife to the town's most miserly citizen.
While I found parts of Miss Julia Stands Her Ground, enjoyable, there were parts I just didn't care for. Namely, I really don't like Sam Murdoch, Miss Julia's second husband. Its not that the man isn't nice, or a likeable guy. Its just that Sam really doesn't add anything to the story. I hate to say it, but the character is jus plain boring. Miss Julia was much funnier when she was sassy and single and tearing around town with Lillian and Hazel-Marie. Sam just adds nothing to the story and I get so tired of hearing him say, "Now Julia..." Bleh...
Second, there is a huge flashback in the center of the story. In the audio edition, its difficult to tell that this is actually a flashback. I kept wondering why she was talking about Hazel-Marie like she was a perfect stranger, and why Miss Julia kept obsessing about Wesley Lloyd. It was bad enough to have a long flashback, but to add a huge section about Sam Murdoch in the flashback was irksome. Enough about Sam. Please.
3 Stars. An average read. The flashback was too long, and didn't add much to the story, except to enforce how awful Wesley Lloyd was. If he was so bad, I don't see why someone as strong willed as Julia stayed with him. I pray in the next story Sam goes to Alaska for a vacation. A very LONG vacation.