Miss Julia Takes the Wheel

Miss Julia Takes the Wheel

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"The delightful new installment of the beloved and New York Times bestselling Miss Julia series When Miss Julia's regular doctor goes on vacation with his wife, leaving a replacement in his stead, Miss Julia is immediately concerned. Never one to miss an opportunity to entertain--or size up--a newcomer, she invites the charming Dr. Don Crawford, and his painfully shy wife, Lauren, to dinner. While Miss Julia and Sam both note Lauren's obvious lack of social skills, it's her friends Hazel Marie and Binkie that pick up on some of Dr. Crawford's less palatable qualities. Meanwhile, Lloyd has gotten his first car, and LuAnne, fresh off her divorce, has started a job at the local funeral home and is in urgent need of an occupation-appropriate makeover--Miss Julia has enough on her plate. Yet there is just something she can't place about the Crawfords, and she won't rest until she gets to the bottom of it. As always, hijinks ensue as Ann B. Ross delivers this delightful and entertaining installment, Miss Julia Takes the Wheel, in her bestselling Miss Julia series"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2019]
ISBN: 9780525560487
0525560483
Branch Call Number: MYS ROS
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm

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sandraperkins
Sep 29, 2019

I love the Miss Julia series! This is book #21.

Miss Julia is an mature lady of means who lives in Abbotsville, NC, a small town in the western part of the state. She is definitely opinionated, but she has a good heart. She gets herself into all sorts of situations that perhaps could have been avoided if she had consulted various other people who are available, but then the books would not be as entertaining.

The first book in this series is Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind. I especially love that book because it deals with a trust and estate issue after her husband dies. It looks like things are going to get very sticky, but it all comes out right in the end. As we see over and over again in this series, the nicest thing that her late husband ever did for her was die.

And despite Miss Julia being a proper Southern lady, she appreciates the good qualities of all sorts of people who might not be considered part of her social class, and she is blessed with wonderful friends and family as a result. I have also grown to love (most of) the characters in these books.

In this latest book, Miss Julia’s family doctor is on an extended vacation, and a substitute doctor is on the scene. You can bet Miss Julia has strong opinions about that! We also hear about how rural hospitals are closing or being taken over by for-profit corporations. Miss Julia is horrified to learn that most regular doctors do not continue to take care of their patients when they go into the hospital. Instead, “hospitalists” take over. She thinks that is a terrible idea.

The opioid crisis is also relevant to this book, and there are various subplots involving driving (hence, the title).

If you are looking for a series that is funny and entertaining, this is one you should try!

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hadlock
Jun 04, 2019

The title’s appropriateness was not revealed until close to the end, but Julia and Lillian do not disappoint.

Much of the book is about Lloyd: he’s learning to drive, Mr. Pickens bought him a tank to learn in, there’s a school dance coming up, and he is learning the house flipping trade. A few of the standby characters are not in the story at all or are only briefly mentioned, but LuAnne has a job at a funeral home, Horace had a heart attack at home after some vigorous exercise in bed, and the doctor has gone on a long vacation, leaving a “substitute teacher” in charge. There is plenty to keep Miss Julia occupied.

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jd4201
Apr 14, 2019

Why is there no Audio Book on CD?

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