This week I finished listening to the audiobook Miss Julia Strikes Back, by Ann B. Ross, as the last part of Maggie’s Southern Reading Challenge. I had already read 3 books, to officially complete the challenge, but I recently picked this one up in the library knowing it would be a fun ending for this very nice Challenge.
I get a kick out of the stories in the Miss Julia series, which are full of fun, humor, and kindness. Miss Julia is a southern Lady, a prominent member of her community, and a widow whose husband left her with not only a great deal of money, but also with a son that she knew nothing about. The little boy and his mother appeared on her doorstep in the first book and brought major changes to her life. Miss Julia always manages to get involved in problems and mysteries that need solving, and she somehow manages to bring everything to its rightful conclusion by sheer determination and strength of character.
Maggie’s Southern Reading Challenge was all about sense of place. “I believe one of the major reasons we have a whole genre named after our region is because ‘sense of place,’ or the setting, becomes a character in most Southern books.” This was certainly true in each of the books I read and enjoyed for this challenge: Big Fish, by Daniel Wallace; To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston; and Miss Julia Strikes Back, by Ann B. Ross.
A special THANK YOU to Maggie for hosting this challenge. It really did open up a whole new genre for me.