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Linwood Breedlove Scott's life has officially hit rock bottom. Her husband of thirty years has run off with a stripper. The IRS has taken everything but her coffee table. And her hot flashes are four-alarmers. The only thing that could make being flat-broke and fifty any worse is having to crawl home to her parents' house in Mimosa Branch, Georgia...which is exactly where ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 19th 2003 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published October 7th 2002)
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Syndy
If there was a negative rating I would choose it. This book was really pointless. The woman was bitter and witchy. My friend told me it was bad but I read it anyway, dumb. That's several hours of my life I will never get back.
Cyndy Aleo
I am physically unable to enter a bookstore and not buy something for myself. During a recent trip to Barnes & Noble, I headed into the bargain section after selecting the gift I went for in the first place. Of course, trying to find a winner in the piles of bargain books is tough when you have an impatient four-year-old in tow, and I selected Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch mainly by its cheerful cover art.

::: The Basics :::

Linwood Breedlove was in a hurry to get out of Mimosa Branch, and marrie
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Laurel-Rain
Thirty years after Lin Breedlove escaped her hometown of Mimosa Branch, Georgia, she is back. With her tail between her legs, and now as Lin Breedlove Scott, divorced and broke.

She is not looking forward to staying at her parents' home, despite how huge it is; what keeps her going is her plan to refurbish the garage apartment. The bliss of privacy beckons.

But almost as soon as she arrives, old friends and enemies appear and threaten the serenity she seeks. And a next door hunk of a man tempts he
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Book Concierge
Only okay Southern chick lit. Lin Breedlove Scott is a confused 50-something newly divorced woman forced to move back home. It would be better if the Grant relationship had just stayed friendly, but I think the author threw in the "hot romance" aspect as a way to entice readers. It doesn't. If she's supposed to be on a jorney to growth as an adult, she shouldn't do half the things she does. Her moral compass is off.
Karla
Sep 18, 2009 Karla rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2003
Full of cliches and stereotypes.
Erin
This book was lame.
Andrea Guy
When I started reading this book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. Lin annoyed me quite a bit. That changed as the book went on and you got to know her and her quirky family.

You may read the book blurb and think this is a romance novel, but it isn't. Its older chicklit, women's fiction, if you will. It deals with life, love and the most important thing, friendship.

When I read these kinds of books I usually find myself thinking two things.

1. Why do I not have friends like this?
2. How do you
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Maureen


I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is a mixture of humor, real life issues, romance, friendship and drama. At different times I found myself laughing, weeping or nodding my head in understanding. This is not your typical chick-lit book. I was glad to see that it didn't follow the usual "girl meets guy, girl has a love/hate relationship with guy, they live happy ever after" pattern. I also appreciated that the main character Lin was not a girl at all but a "mature" woman. Being in a sim
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Debre
I'm a little late to the party, but that's the great thing about books. They'll wait patiently to be discovered. I thought the book had too much going on. it seems this genre usually has some drama or mystery on the side that seems to get in the way of the story. i loved that this had a different ending than the usual "can they overcome their hurtful pasts and unexpected obstacles to find true love? well, of course they can. The notion that one can be happy and fulfilled and live happily ever af ...more
AJ LeBlanc
I am not the target audience for this book, but I still liked it.

Main character:

Linwood Breedlove Scott. Lin. Lin Breedlove. No longer Lin Scott.

Fifty-something years old.

Southern. So very Southern. Get your hair and lipstick straight because someone might see you at any moment. Don’t you dare go out on the porch at night without checking your face in the mirror.

Divorced. Badly divorced. No-good husband got himself engaged to a stripper. Thirty years of marriage and she finds out he’s spent ever
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Lori
Jul 25, 2011 Lori rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: novel
Suddenly divorced after 30 years of marriage, Lin, age 50, moves in with her eccentric family. The story moves slowly, matching the process of recovery of the main character: one day at a time, one crisis at a time. But, it is more than the story of one woman's progress; it is also the story of a town and its changes and maturation. It's a genuine story about what changes, what stays the same, and how you deal with both. *Caution: Religious conservatives may get their knickers in a knot over the ...more
Terri
I didn't care much for this book. Didn't like the main character. Newly divorced at age 50, she moves back home with her parents because she has no skills to support herself after 30 years of marriage. She came from, and her parents still live in a small southern town, where most of the people, including her family (aunt, uncle, brother, and friends are all eccentric...to much so. She wants nothing more than to fix up a garage apartment which she does in short time, even though she works at a ph ...more
Gail
This is a women's fiction novel about a 50-ish woman putting her life back together after a devastating divorce virtually identical to what happened to the author herself. (I heard Smith speak once, and she told the story. The basic facts are the same--husband sends them both into bankruptcy by spending hundreds of thousands of $$ on hookers, takes up with bimbo, etc. Beyond that, I believe there is little to no correspondence.) Heroine has to move back home because she can't afford anything bet ...more
Dana
Linwood Breedlove Scott's life is a mess. Her husband has left her for a stripper and drained all their bank accounts and owes the IRS. She has nothing. Returning home to a small Southern town, Lin finds nothing has changed. Her mother is still controlling and her father has no problem telling her what she has done wrong. Her Aunt Gloria and Uncle Bedford who has Altzheimers are living with her parents. Her brother still doesn't have a job.

Home she must go. She finds a job and gets involved in l
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Julie
Very entertaining story about a 50ish lady learning to start over after her life is disrupted by divorce and loss of finances. Life with mom and dad was never fun,but is now necessary. Growing up gracefully is a bumpy path. Fun story.
Paulette
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Benita
This is the first book I’ve read by Hayward Smith. I found the book fresh and funny. Linwood Breedlove Scott returns to hometown in Georgia after divorcing her two-timing husband. There’s a good mixture of southern humor and outrageous characters. Lin works part time at the local drugstore and becomes attracted to the pharmacist, Grant Owens. The attraction increases between the two as they take on various causes around town. Lin realizes that she may have found her true calling as she takes on ...more
Melissa
Southern story. 50ish woman comes back home to live after a messy divorce, works on mayor's campaign. Some odd side stories that went nowhere.
Michelle Lemaster
So funny so far. I'm lovin' uncle Bedford's crazy hallucinations. "That gay guy takes everything!" So exclaims Uncle Bedford about his poor wife. Such fun! What a delusional hoot!

I finished this a little over a week ago. I had fun decideing to classify this book as a "coming of age" story. It's an interesting shelve to put it on. But though the protagonist is a 50+ year old woman- after divorce, moving back home with parents, seeking a new career and above all, learning to love herself and her f
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Raine
It was on sale in the iBooks bookstore. Pretty much what you'd expect.
Cathie
This book started out with so much potential and then fell flat. I loved the premise but there just wasn't much done with it. It ended up taking much longer to read than I thought.

Smith overwrites. She takes everything a step or two further than necessary and zaps the power out of the message.

A fine example was that the ending of the book was two pages before the ending. She made a beautiful, well written inspiring point. But then she goes on for another page and washes over the point with som
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Angel Shears
enjoyable summer read. Great characters and great story
Pam
Sep 25, 2014 Pam added it
Did not finish..
Rachel
Georgia--this book was okay. More self-talk and thinking than necessary. Should have built the relationships with friends in the story rather than having preexisting friends who support her from a distance until the last chapter. Relationship with family (esp. brother and mother) is healed but then she doesn't DO anything for them. Maybe the main characters relationships would not have deteriorated if she had spend less time thinking about her misery and more time doing things to help her family ...more
Suzy
Fun read!
Patty
As an elected official in a small Southern town just north of the setting of this book (based on the fact that the fictional Mimosa Branch is between Gainesville, Oakwood, and Buford, GA), I just loved everything about this book. I loved the backdrop of the election and dirty politics as much as I loved the fact that every Southern woman has a mama just like Miss Mamie. Lin was an enjoyable character and, like her, I have told myself many times that it's time to get over it.
Natalie
It read like a made for tv movie on lifetime: plenty of formulaic description, funny plot turns with a feminist bent, but in the end, predictable. I enjoyed following the plot but the writing felt an English paper--a bit stiff and careful about general writing rules. A good take on vacation book, but not terribly thought provoking. I like a bit more challenge when I read. I read this because for the summer library program I had to read a book with the word "Bee" in the title.
Starla
I found the southern style humor very entertaining. Learning more about herself at 50 and the changes she made in a few months keeps you cheering Lin on.
I was disappointed that the relationship with Grant went South (no pun intended), as well. I guess it gave more depth of character to Linn,
but I was really disappointed that he wasn't what she (and probably the readers too) wanted him to be.
Quick summer read, but not one of my favorites.
Alexis
I thought this book was very heart warming and filled with great quips. The only reason it got two stars is like most two star stories it has a smaller target audience. Anyone looking to read a lovely, uplifting book about family, friends and acceptance this is definitly it- also if you're a woman between the ages of 30 all the way to the end of your reading glasses usefulness this book is great!
Yvonna
Loved this book! Love seeing life through Smith's humor.
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