Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Novel Bakers' Edible Book Review: Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day

 "I'll tell you right off that I'm not in the habit  of talking about people,
listening to gossip, or spreading rumors regardless of how tempting it is
to pick up the telephone. Do unto others, I always say. I will admit, however,
that occasionally I hear a tasty tidbit that just seems meant to be passed along."
--From the Desk of Julia Springer Murdoch

It's my pleasure to pass along a marvelous new book by Ann B. Ross: 
Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day.  
"Heart-of-gold, hardscrabble Etta Mae Wiggins has starred as Miss Julia's sidekick in several of Ann B. Ross's New York Times bestselling novels. And though she has saved Miss Julia's hide time and again, Etta Mae has--so unfairly!--been the subject of some of Abbotsville's hottest gossip for years. Now Etta Mae gets to speak for herself--and she has a doozy of a story to tell."

From her polka dotted dress to a last-minute spritz of perfume on the courthouse steps,
Etta Mae is full of charm, sass, and an indomitable Southern spirit.

But the question is . . .
Can Etta Mae manage to marry 
Mr. Right on the worst bad-luck day?

 If Etta Mae can just marry Howard Conard, Senior, her life will be perfect.
But a few things stand in her way. First, she must deal with Howard's money-hungry son and snooty, pious daughter-in-law. Not to mention Etta Mae's ex-husband (one of them), who is flashing a winning lottery ticket and is on the run from local thugs. If that's not enough,
her old flame, Officer Bobby Lee, keeps showing up, wreaking havoc with her head and her heart.

When that happens, a girl needs to eat cake. 
Lots and lots of cake.

Petit fours are always a nice compliment at a Southern wedding ...
if there's a wedding. With Etta Mae, you just never know what's going to happen.
Even so, get ready to laugh and have the time of your life.

"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

Happy Pub day, Ann!

For more fun with Etta Mae, visit the Novel Bakers: 
a quiet life  and Home Is Where the Boat Is.
Come see Etta Mae's board on Pinterest!

Stop by Ann B. Ross's Official Facebook page and say hello.
Read about the New York Times bestselling Miss Julia series.
Etta Mae's page at Viking Books
Etta Mae's Pinterest board.
Look for the new Miss Julia book in April 2015, Miss Julia Lays Down the Law.

Thanks to Viking Books for providing copies of Etta Mae.

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  1. What a fun romp and read full of Southern flavor! Your beautiful bouquet is a feast for the eyes and I always love when your cakes are blooming with flowers! Thanks for the delicious fun, I'm looking forward to more of Miss Julia's adventures now that I've been introduced and I hope this won't be the last we see of Etta Mae :)

    1. You've got a joyous reading adventure ahead of you, Mary, starting with Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind. I'm coming to visit you after I get Zap settled with food and insulin--saw a peek of your gorgeous photos on the Novel Baker Pinterest board. You brought the book to life!

  2. This sounds like a fun, summer read, Michael Lee, and I sure could use a good laugh. Your garnished cake, along with the petit fours, out on your porch are making me hungry. Thanks for the great book review.

    1. Kitty, Etta Mae will be the perfect read. Wish I could send you some petit fours!

  3. I can't wait to read this Michael Lee, hopefully with a petit four and a glass of sweet tea! Your flowers are gorgeous!

  4. omg i soooooooo love this! i have to say i missed being at home, no pink roses, or petit fours to grab instantly, seeing you play sort of breaks my heart since i was such a minimalist this time when you know that's truly not in me...

    what an ADORABLE CAKE! the center piece is so cute too, is that your doctoring?

    love your deck shot with the gargoyle hovering over the fun, is it roy out to spoil all the fun?

    thank you so much for allowing us to play early with etta mae, its not often i would find myself rooting for such a special marriage, but i was with her all the way! thanks so much for the fun, i only wish i could stop by and polish off that cake for you now!

    see you round the picnic table soon!

    1. I'd gone to Publix with a long list and a picture of Etta Mae's cover on my phone, but when I saw that cake, it called out to me. The topper was included. The gargoyle is supposed to guard a house--a Guard 'Goyle? I bought it when we moved into the ex-funeral home. It'll go with me to the nursing home, eventually. Looking forward to visiting with you and Etta Mae!

  5. Sounds like a fun read. Your flowers and sweet treats are spectacular. Loving the pink roses, and the petite fours are calling out to me. ;-)