Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day

Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9780698176249
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


Fan favorite Etta Mae Wiggins takes center stage in the latest novel by the New York Times bestselling author, Ann B. Ross

Bestselling author Ann B. Ross is back with another lively adventure set in Miss Julia’s Abbotsville. For the first time, though, she writes from the perspective of another resident: the hardscrabble, heart-of-gold Etta Mae Wiggins. Etta Mae is frustrated with her trailer-park life and her no-good family, and she has big dreams for something better. Working as the home nurse for the elderly but wealthy Howard Connard, Senior, she finally sees her chance—with her sexy curves and infectious charm, Etta Mae is determined to become his wife. Unfortunately, Connard’s scheming, money-hungry son and stuck-up daughter-in-law are equally determined to make sure she doesn’t. To make matters worse, Etta Me’s exhusband Skip (her first ex, that is) has shown up with a winning lottery ticket in his hand and local thugs hot on his heels. Plus, her dreamy former flame, officer Bobby Lee, keeps popping up to remind her that she’s not over him yet. In the middle of all this mayhem, Etta Mae has to get that marriage license—before it’s too late!

A hilarious wild goose chase that takes us from the mansions of Abbotsville to the trailer park that Etta Mae calls home, this book is filled with familiar faces (including Miss Julia, who narrates the first chapter), features Ann Ross’s signature wit and southern charm, and will appeal to fans of the beloved series and newcomers alike.

Look out for the newest adventure in Abbotsville, Miss Julia Inherits a Mess, coming from Viking on April 5, 2016.

From the Hardcover edition.


Praise for Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day:

“Ross, author of the well-received Miss Julia series, steps away from her main character to tell a story from the perspective of one of the town’s most colorful residents. Filled with familiar faces and southern charm, Ross’ [novel] . . . is the satisfying story of one woman who refuses to give up her dreams.” —Booklist

“Fans of Ann B. Ross will love this book! Etta Mae Wiggins is the funniest character to come down the pike since Miss Julia showed up to speak her mind. I laughed all the way through it. Hooray for Etta Mae!”
— Fannie Flagg, author of The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

“Ann B. Ross has given us an irresistible heroine. Spirited, sassy, and thoroughly charming, Etta Mae Wiggins manages to turn a day of misfortune and mishaps into an endlessly entertaining adventure, with the perfect dose of wit and romance. Etta Mae sashayed off the page and straight into my heart—I adored her and rooted for her from the start.”
— Erika Marks, author of It Comes in Waves 


“Smart and sweet, bold and brash, and, above all, determined to better herself, Etta Mae Wiggins will win your heart. Ann B. Ross’s wit and ear for dialogue are at their best in this delightful romp from a low-rent trailer park to the upper crust of Abbot County, North Carolina.”
—Vicki Lane, author of the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries

“Any book by the beloved creator of the Miss Julia series is a cause to celebrate. Etta Mae is one of the South’s pluckiest, most endearing characters, and readers will love her fun, fast-paced adventures.”
— Michael Lee West, author of A Teeny Bit of Trouble 

“The curvaceous spitfire Etta Mae Wiggins will swing through the streets of Abbotsville and straight into your heart. What a most excellent bad-luck-day ride!”
— Charlene Baumbich, author of the Dearest Dorothy novels


“Ann B. Ross’s Miss Julia books are always a delight, and Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day is no exception.”
—J.A. Jance, author of Moving Target

“Once again the author has blended her Southern wit and charm with a fast paced story that will have you laughing and crying. . . . This is a priceless close-up look at the lovable Etta Mae. This book can be read on its own, but don’t be surprised to find yourself curious about Miss Julia and other adventures Etta Mae has assisted her with. Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day is an entertaining, hilarious and lively adventure you don’t want to miss.”

—Thoughts In Progress

[A] wonderful blend of snort-out-loud funny, heartstring-tugging and social commentary.”

— Hendersonville Times-News

“Miss Julia exhibits all the primness and properness of a well-bred southern lady of means, with a whole lot of spice, initiative and sense of adventure thrown in, appealing to women of all ages and to lovers of humorous southern fiction. . . . Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day stars another character from the series, Etta Mae Wiggins, the home-care nurse and sometime manager of the Hillandale Trailer Park . . . Fans of the Miss Julia series will have plenty of the usual comedy.”

— Wilmington Star-News

Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day is a very special, one-time-only publishing event for Ann B. Ross and her legions of fans as they await the next Miss Julia novel.”

—Socrates’ Book Reviews

Praise for Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble:

“A delightful read that will have you smiling from the opening page to the last paragraph.”
Thoughts in Progress Blog

“Miss Julia of course, steps right in to solve Hazel Marie’s problem. Her solution is to teach Hazel Marie to cook. Her help results in a collection of cooking lessons and recipes that are right out of the Southern Cooking hall of fame. However, as in any Miss Julia story, the fun doesn’t stop (or start) there.”
Tutu’s Two Cents Blog

“The 14th installment of the Miss Julia series offers . . . some meddling, a light mystery, and a reliable set of down-home Southerners.”
Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Miss Julia to the Rescue:

“This latest in the Miss Julia series has punch. . . . There’s plenty here to satisfy fans.”
“Delightful . . . Those who like smiles with their crimes will be satisfied by the latest in the popular Miss Julia series.”
Publishers Weekly
Praise for Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle:
“Steel magnolias kick butt.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Charming [and] engrossing.”
Praise for Miss Julia Renews Her Vows:
“Ann B. Ross develops characters so expertly, through quirks, names, and mannerisms, that they easily feel familiar as the reader is gently immersed into the world Miss Ross has created in the Miss Julia stories. . . . A delightful read.”
Winston-Salem Journal
“Fast-paced, hilarious, and thoroughly fun.”
Salisbury Post
Praise for Miss Julia Delivers the Goods:
“It’s still early yet for beach reading, but a near-perfect candidate has already arrived: The real appeal of Miss Julia Delivers the Goods lies in the comedy of manners. Short of a return to Mayberry, Ross’s version of small-town Tar Heels is hard to beat.”
Wilmington Star News
“A light-hearted page-turner to slip into the beach bag or to carry with us to a lawn chair in the garden when the sun is buzzing away high in the sky. . . . Just grab this and devour it.”
Charleston City Paper
Praise for Miss Julia Paints the Town:
“A fun confection where Miss Julia, in letting go of some of her own hidebound ideas and social prejudices, learns that her worst enemy may well be the guy she helped elect . . . and her best ally may be one she’s always thought beneath her contempt. Yes, Miss Julia is back, and I, for one, am one happy camper.”
—J. A. Jance
“Miss Julia’s feisty attitude has won the hearts of so many fans.”
Praise for Miss Julia Strikes Back:
“Fans will enjoy the change of pace and appreciate all the familiar elements that have made the series so popular.”
Praise for Miss Julia Stands Her Ground:
“Funny, feisty, frothy.”
Lexington Herald-Leader
“Fans will not want to miss Miss Julia’s latest round of dramas.”
The State (Columbia, South Carolina)
Praise for Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind:
“I absolutely loved this book! What a joy to read! Miss Julia is one of the most delightful characters to come along in years. Ann B. ross has created what is sure to become a classic Southern comic nove. Horray for Miss Julia, I could not have liked it more.”
—Fannie Flagg
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