I know there was no new Friday Fiction last week. Remember, I never said there would be one every week. But I do have one for this week because I’ve made a new fictional friend. (Should that be fictitious friend?) Who is this new friend? Miss Julia Springer, widow of Wesley Lloyd Springer, created by Ann B. Ross. How have I managed to miss her since the first Miss Julia book was published in 1999 or 2000? (Okay, maybe back then a book, however charming, with a widow over 60 as the main character might not have been as enticing to me as Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, but my tastes have changed a bit.)
I’ve only read the first book, Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, in which we are introduced to this charming, formerly sheltered, southern woman shortly after her husband died in the driveway in his Buick. This left her with far more money than she ever knew she had – and something else she never expected to have.
I’m not going to tell you any more about the plot of this book because there is no way I can do it justice. It is written in the first person, so you get the whole experience from Miss Julia’s point of view. And it is a very enjoyable experience!
And the best thing about this is that I have several more Miss Julia books to read!