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The road away from home always seems to lead back to our mothers.

I am not, nor will I ever be, the kind of woman who wears pearls with her apron while cooking meat loaf for her husband. But when I was a kid, my mother, Babs, prepared me to be the next June Cleaver—teaching me lessons that belonged to another era. Another world, practically. My mother's world. I couldn't wa
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published February 1st 2006)
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Andria
I grabbed this from the library - a reader's choice, and I couldn't put it down. It is an interesting tale of a mother and daughter - every other chapter switching between their lives, each told in their own perspective. Again, a little explicit, but apparently that keeps my attention! Great insight into the life of women in the '50s and '60s.
Jacki
I picked this book up because I thought it would be a fun little fluff read between huge books, and I was right to a certain extent, but I was really surprised at the bigger issues that this book took on. Death, rape, being a widow, separating from parents, divorce- just a lot more serious issues that I expected to encounter.

I'm a sucker for books that show life from generation to generation and this was no exception. I think that it was neat to see how Laney really wanted to buck the system and
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Rebecca
This book has just become one of my all time favorites. A well written story involving two main characters, a mother and daughter and the love me--love me not lives of both. The story's setting begins in a 1950's yet-to-be-developed North Dallas suburb. The story leads the reader through their lives and into the 21st century. The Cotton Queen's author, Pamela Morsi, doesn't miss a step in guiding the reader along to feel the perils and triumphs of being female and constantly striving to live up ...more
Jenee Rager
This is another book I discovered using the Goodreads recommendation system. It was definitely right up my alley and a nice summer read. The story is told from the alternating point of view of Laney, and her mother Babs. You watch these two women who are so alike (yet both refuse to admit it) from the time Babs is newly widowed with a four year old, until Laney's teenage daughter is crowed Cotton Queen. Even though it's an easy breezy read there are deeper plotlines to keep you on your toes such ...more
Arsala
I loved this story! I was reading this at the same time as Serving Crazy with Curry which is also about complex mother-daughter relationships and I definitely enjoyed this story more. It was fascinating to see how these characters grew and evolved and I'm not usually a fan of stories that span several decades but I didn't mind it at all in this book. I guess coming from a mental health background, I was really interested in seeing how Babs would resolve her issues. There were times when I wanted ...more
Sharon
I enjoyed The Cotton Queen, it was a reasonably quick read, fast paced, flipping from Mother's story to Daughters story...the same story, just much different perspectives. Subjects it touched heavily on were women's rights during WWII era, the political and social transitions during the Vietnam era, into modern day women's rights including but not limited to issues of rape, marriage, divorce.
Interesting, engaging...I'll probably read it again.

Marked as 4 stars just because I would have liked the
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Rivva
i love this book!

the story is told by two people with the same experiences but different points of views.. i could easily relate to how one act seems ridiculous for a child while the same thing seems like the best idea so far for the parent.

i love the style of the book.. a story being told from one's perspective, like the teller trusted me enough to share all of her innermost secrets..

great book!! :)
Nancy
The title of this book makes you think it is a light, fluffy read but it is more than that. This is a story about a woman and her daughter and their lives and relationships. It goes into what it was like to be a woman in the 50's and how being a woman has changed over the years and how that effects a mother/daughter relationship.
Heather
It's really good, I bought it not aware of what it was really about and I enjoyed it a lot. I couldn't put it down for about 3 days. It's a story about how a tragic thing can happen to a woman and spin her life around and make her stronger after she becomes weak which many of us do feel that we are weak..just great. gotta read it!
Dina
Fast read, good story, although basing the entire plot on the rape of the mother and her lifelong reaction to the trauma seemed a bit much. I did enjoy the three generations of women growing through the same event, however. The characters were believable, and the sham marriage showed how much we tolerate in order to be loved.
Corielle
A cute, fluffy little story that came as a breath of fresh air after the weighty (but still excellent) Allende book I read just before it. The Cotton Queen, which takes place in McKinney, Texas (about 10 minutes from where I was born, raised and living still!) is a story told primarily as a flashback. When Laney Hoffman's daughter comes home as that year's Cotton Queen and wants her mother to ride in the parade, Laney reflects on her relationship with her mother, the Cotton Queen runner-up in th ...more
Therese
Loved reading the stories of three generations of women . . . all having the honor of being the "Cotton Queen" of McKinney, Texas.
Mich
fast reading book about three generations of women and their lives in the south. from the 50's to present day
definatly worth picking up
Carmussel
Morsi does a good job with complex relationships. And she often has a theme that brings her novels beyond romance status.
Sharon
I really liked this book...a great story about the relationships between daughters and mothers.
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Marleen
I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but there was something about this story that captivated me and made me keep on reading.
Pamela Morsi’s style is very enjoyable. She has that wonderful gift for portraying genuinely flawed women and vulnerable men. This story centers essentially on the very distorted communication between a mother and a daughter (Babs and Laney), both of them clearly living in two different eras. Picture a small town in the suburbs somewhere in Texas between 1958 and 2004, an
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Dana
Barbara (Babs) Quarles, 1956; Alana (Laney) Hoffman, 1975; Rachel Jarrod, 2004
Three generations; representing McKinney, Texas' Cotton Queen.
Cotton Queen is a small town beauty pageant. Although Laney doesn't want it and it means nothing in the grand scheme of her life and happiness, her mother Babs pressures her toward it. It turns out that in the end Laney will realize and appreciate that after all the rush and celebration of being queen for a day, life can get brutally real. Even if your life
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Jennifer Johnson
The story follows two generation of women, a mother and daughter, as the events of their lives switch point of views from chapter to chapter. The mother, “Babs” is forced into some harsh realities early on in her life, which force her to emotionally close off and strive to be the ultimate 50’s perfect housewife. The daughter, “Laney”, views the event of her mother and her life from an entirely different and perspective and strives to be any one but her mother. As the women grow further and furth ...more
Georgann
Morsi Does it Again

I have loved all of Pamela's characters, and the characters in this book have become some of my favorites. The dynamics between Babs and her daughter were insightful of the culture and times of the day. I cried when the characters cried, laughed at their true-to_life antics. This was not my story but the story of so many acquaintances. Pamela once again drew me into a world that I live in but do not always understand. Thank you, Pamela Morsi!
Shannan
Goodness that turned out to be a great book. A fun, fiction story set in Texas - I found this book through Goodreads recommended reading from my high rating of the book World of Pies. Just right for my reading taste. Small town. Starts out in mid-century America and progresses through the turn of the century. Cast of characters with each of their own story and plot point. I cried through the first 40 pages and throughout several points in the rest if the book. A slight sprinkling of Ya-Ya sister ...more
Marty
The story follows three generations of women – each becoming “The Cotton Queen” of a small Texas town. Each having difficult lives coming to grips with the “woman’s role” of the time. Starting in the 1950s when a woman’s main role was to learn how to act and to find a husband to the 21st century “modern woman” concept. What happens when the reality of living interferers with the perceived “role?” …. A good read, not quite “no brains” but not heavy either.
Jolene
I was so bought into the characters in this book - I was pulling for them all the way. Everyone has a struggle and most of us know all too well about keeping up a good facade. I was so into this book the ending was a bit of a letdown. It almost seemed like the author realized she was almost at her page limit and just ended the book - I feel like there was a little something missing with the end - but the book was great!
RsvpShindig
A great book to remind us that you never know the decisions that your parents make and what they may have stemmed from. Everyone has a past but do we really even know those that are close to us?
Kate Vale
Laney, her mother, and her daughter, all ride on the float for former and current Cotton Queens, but how they get there is a bumpy and poignant ride through the generations and the changes in women's expectations (of themselves and of society) and their achievements.

I don't normally like family sagas and wasn't expecting this to be one of those, but I was convinced it was worth reading by the author's touching style that grabbed and held my interest from the first page.
April
I truly enjoyed this book. I liked the setting, which was Texas, over the last 50 years or so. I enjoyed the characters, who were pretty unpredictable, and fully developed. I just enjoyed it. The ending made sense and I felt a sense of closure when it was all over. I love books with complex, yet still loving mother/daughter relationships. The book didn't move mountains, but I enjoyed the reading; it was a perfect summertime, interesting, light--but not too light, read.
Lindsay
Chronicling the lives of both a mother and her daughter, The Cotton Queen by Pamela Morsi provides an emotional read. The book is written from two viewpoints, the 'mother' Babs and the 'daughter' Laney. Both viewpoints are beautifully written and full of many emotions designed to evoke a response within the reader. This was a perfect read for anyone looking for a book that centers around growing up, falling in love, dealing with tragedy, and eventually happiness.
Karen Belom
The Cotton Queen by Pamela Morsi was a good book about daughter and mother relationships.
Natalie Adams
I have always loved Pamela Morsi's books and this one did not disappoint.
Kathy
This book really surprised me. After checking it out of the library I almost returned it un-read, but started reading and couldn't put it down. I was expecting a southern chick lit fluff piece, but this novel is a great story of three generations with a very interesting back drop regarding the oil boom and growth of the high tech industries in Texas in the '70's and '80's. Will definitely try another of her books. Any suggestions?
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Pamela Morsi is a USA Today, Waldenbooks, and Barnes & Noble bestselling author of romance. She broke into publishing in 1991 with Heaven Sent and has been gracing readers with at least a book a year ever since. Two of her novels, Courting Miss Hattie (1992) and Something Shady (1996), won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award, the highest honor in romance publishing, and others have bee ...more
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