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Queen Bee Goes Home Again

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  78 ratings  ·  24 reviews
In Queen Bee Goes Home Again by bestselling author Haywood Smith, it's been ten years since Linwood Scott had to move back home to Mimosa Branch, Georgiathe first time. Now, with her work in real estate at a stand-still because of the economy, and her ex-husband and his alimony payments (and his former stripper-current wife) nowhere to be seen, Linwood finds herselfback in ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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I was excited to read & review this book generously provided to me by the Reading Room & St. Martin's Press. It is very hard to describe this book. Full of religious reference...including pages of sermons, yet more than one reference to dildos. While I enjoy a quirky heroine, in this book she was simply neurotic & thoroughly unlikeable.
Josefa Wann
This book is full of platitudes, and Bible quotes. He's a holier than thou middle aged Baptist minister that wants to "court" her (with her mother as a chaperone?!), she's a 60 year old airhead that is constantly asking God for advice on even the most inane things. What boring and annoying characters.
The novel begins with Lin, the 60 year old main character and narrator, forced to sell her home and move back in with her 90 year old mother, Miss Mamie, in the little GA town of Mimosa Branch. Lin's career as a real estate agent has been smacked by the housing depression in Atlanta; she's looking to start over again and does that by enrolling in college, to finish a degree abandoned 40 years before for marriage. Plus she falls in love with the new Baptist minister (divorced, as is Lin)and helps ...more
Jean Maxwell
Well written but unexpectedly a religious read. Not what I'd expected. Nice Southern characters with a Yankee sister-in-law added for fairness.

If you like reading scripture and having it applied to real life, I suspect you would rate this higher.
I've read a few of Haywood Smith's books before and have typically enjoyed the humor in them. This was the first of the Queen Bee series I read, and I would have to say that I've enjoyed the other novels and characters better. The story focuses on Lin, a 60-something lady who is forced to move back to her family home after unfortunate circumstances pile on. She reinvents herself over the course of the book, both professionally and romantically. The main characters, Lin's brother, mother, and the ...more
Lin Stepp
I flipped through this book - and started reading the first chapter of it - while waiting to start a Book Signing of one of my own books at a Barnes & Noble store. I snickered through the first pages and hated to put the book down to begin to talk to my fans ….So naturally I had to find and read the entire book later. And I laughed, sighed, and was delighted with every minute of it. This was the first book I've read by Haywood Smith and will not be my last! She really has a great understandi ...more
Sabrina Laitinen
I won this book in a GOODREADS giveaway and hadn't read any of the authors books before. It does have religious undertones, also references to the principles and practices of AA and 12 step programs. The main character, Lin, moves home to live with her mother after a failed divorce and down spiral in general. The book is based around Lin's move back to her community, setting up a new life, her over opinionated mother, recovering alcoholic brother, and the new Pastor who becomes a love interest. ...more
I liked this book, it was humorous, a love story and decidedly a Christian book. Lin has returned to Mimosa Branch, Georgia and is trying to start her new life. The new Baptist preacher, Connor, the next door neighbor, is trying to woo her back to the Baptist church and is constantly catching her in embarrassing situations. Both are older with grown children, divorced and starting over. As Lin starts college and fights off her ex-husband the story has you laughing and crying. I liked the writing ...more
I had such high hopes for this book. And in fact, I've wished for years that there would be a sequel to the previous Queen Bee book. I love this author and have enjoyed many of her books, which makes it hard for me to say anything less than glowing about this one. I also respect her religious faith and support her right to incorporate that into her writing and share it with her readers. In this book, I found that there was so much religious focus that the actual story became hard to follow. Most ...more
I was a lucky winner of this book, which was my first Haywood Smith book. If her others are as good as this I can look forward to more great books and catching up with Ms. Smith. Ms. Smith brings the characters to life and draws you into the story with them. You will feel as if you know each character personally. You won't want to put it down because you have to know what's next.
Readers need to know that this is a Christian themed novel.

Haywood Smith captures the life of a small town Georgia town with empathy and humor. The characters are people you'll quickly recognize as your neighbors if you too live in a small village.

The main character is a woman in her 60's who finds herself unmarried and broke, needing to return to her mother's home. I think the author got many of her attitudes, worries, and actions right. I'm a bit older than that but her character rings authe
Sep 24, 2014 Suka rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves lowcountry stories
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I had just finished reading a couple of page-turners and, to tell the truth, I found myself annoyed during the first few chapters at how slow-paced the book was. Be forewarned, this is a Southern novel and one needs to enjoy it as such. Once I relaxed and got into the story, I couldn't put it down. It is a very good story and the ending is worth the time spent reading it.
Fun read. Just a light romance but Southern to the core.
Lynn Shurden
Didn't enjoy as first book but still a fun read.
Nov 08, 2014 Deb added it
Way too southern baptist for me...
Entertaining Southern fiction
Just love me some Haywood Smith! This one was maybe the best I've read of her's. Love the southern humor & atmosphere. Try it 'cause you sure won't regret it. ;-)
Sep 28, 2014 Jenny added it
Didn't like at all!!!
Lea Hood
I won this book in a give away on Goodreads. The bare bones of this book are enjoyable. It is a great premise. That being said, it was way to "church" for me. I understood by the 4th page I would have to try to over look the constant (and I mean EVERY page) references to Christianity. Then it became a chore to find the story .I debated between rating a 2 or 3, but felt generous !
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and since it is the second book I decided to read the first Queen Bee before this one. It continues the story of Lin Breedlove Scott 10 years later and has most of the same characters from the first book. I think Mrs. Mamie was my favorite character and loved all the references to old southern tradition.
I received a copy of this novel from Goodreads First Reads giveaway. It was a good change from most of the boook I usually read. The fact that the characters were older than I am was refreshing. I enjoyed the insights of Southern life and found myself rooting for Lin and Connor to get together.
Sherrie Howey
I loved the Red Hat Society book so was looking forward to this one. However, it was much too religious for my liking with religious undertones that did not even seem realistic. The story itself is fine and I would have enjoyed it more had there not been so much religion involved.
Sally Harvey
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I have to say this story had a slow beginning but once the story got going I really enjoyed it. I liked the fact that I felt like I got to know each character personally. The ending was the best.
Val Didonato
Haywood Smith delivers again with southern charm, southern food and southern religion.
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