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Queen Bee Goes Home Again (Queen Bee #2)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  320 Ratings  ·  71 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, Georgia the 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 herself back ...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Oct 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
Lin Stepp
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Ane Mulligan
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Smith is delightfully irreverent without going over the line. I found the character's faith (wrapped in the author's hilarious sense of humor) to be an honest portrayal of many Christians' faith - an imperfect woman trying to work it all out. Yet honest truths are revealed in this story, too; one being forgiveness. One of Haywood Smith's best! It's memorable and deserves a place on my "keeper shelf".
Josefa Wann
Oct 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
Jean Maxwell
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 21, 2015 marked it as abandoned-books
Shelves: big-girl-books
It takes a lot for me to abandon a book. But I decided that retirement allows me to read what I like and not read something just because I read the book that came before it. Too much religion and not enough plot. Disappointing book.
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I just love Haywood Smith and this book doesn't disappoint. She writes a southern novel that I just want to crawl into and hang out - enjoying lots of peaches and sweet tea!
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Faith filled Southern humor. Lin (60) returns home to her 90 something mother and AA brother broke after her divorce. She decides to go back to school since her real estate career is not doing well in the down-turned market. On her last house sale, she meets the new Baptist preacher and sparks fly. She wants to concentrate on school, but lust keeps getting the way. Her family is a zany mix of characters and the story is entertaining.
Oct 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poorly-written
Very disappointing. I love the author's "Red Hat Society" series. This book however never fully bridges the gap in making unbelievable characters believable. A fun-spirited, stand up for yourself, take life with gusto, 60 year old woman, who happens to be quoting scripture all the time. Perhaps someone could make this character believable, but Haywood Smith definitely missed the boat. A former alcoholic no-good brother, who suddenly has turned the corner and is on the right path. Partially belie ...more
Nov 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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
May 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Sixty year old divorced woman is a victim of the recession and loses everything so she returns home to a small apartment over her mother's garage. Decided to return to college; is asked by former boss to show a house to a new client who turns out to be the man who makes her heart jump. Unfortunately, he is the new Baptist minister and our protagonists' reputation in town has been sullied by lies told by a former boyfriend. So she is not sure she is ready to attempt to overcome that reputation to ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Rose Klix
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't often give 5 stars, either because the story/message or the writing lacked star quality. Haywood Smith skillfully wrote this book. The story had enough interest and humanity to engage me throughout. The religion aspects were not sentimental rot, but heartfelt. I cheered her on in her journey towards healing and hoped she wouldn't be duped by others. I didn't want her to give up on love. Linwood Scott is a very human character and not a cardboard cutout. Her family are equally fleshed out ...more
Sabrina Laitinen
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Patsy Tindell
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Another story about a religious southern woman in trouble. After the real estate crash Linwool Scott again has to move in with her mom. Her brother is still there but sober and grownup this time. Her father and uncle are in a home for old people. Lin makes her last sale as a real estate dealer and sells the house next door to the new pastor of 1st Baptist church. Her bad husband comes back to ruin things but ends up in trouble himself. Lin goes back to school and eventually finds herself married ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
A faith-based book about a 60-year old woman who ends back up living in a room over her mother's garage. Set in the south, the woman questions her life and the decisions she's made along the way. Of course, there is a bit of romance. A new Baptist preacher comes to town and it's instant attraction. But there are stumbling blocks in the way for both of them. And at the same time she's dealing with a 90-year old mother, a father and uncle who are in a poor nursing home, and there is missing money. ...more
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: inspirational
First, I got this book thru Goodreads but that is not influencing my review.

Linwood Scott finds herself without a job when the real estate market goes bust, plus her husband has absconded with all their money. She finds herself moving back into the garage apartment on her mother's house. While at first I was wasn't sure I would like this book at all since I don't usually like "inspirational" books, I soon find myself rooting for Linwood and her new boyfriend, Pastor Connor Allen.

Try this book an
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
This is the second book in a series. The first one was Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch. I would suggest they be read in order. Lin is now 60 and has had to move back home with her mother because of the downfall in the real estate business. She is trying to start over AGAIN. Her dad and uncle are now sharing a room in a nursing home, her brother is living at home with their 94 year old mother. What can happen next? Spoiler alert. the ending is really in doubt until the last few chapters. Christian rom ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Not quite a funny as Out of Warranty or Waking up in Dixie, but still right on the facts of growing old gracefully in Southern style. Starting over at 60 is a tall order, but Lin Breedlove Scot is going to take it on after a failed marriage and real estate career. The big thing I learned from reading this was some facts about Alzheimer's I have been lucky not to know 1st hand. The disease turns violent, even homicidal. I felt sad for Lin's Daddy, but he did the best he could.
Ellen Moore
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I liked this book although it was not exactly what I expected since I had not read this author before. It was an easy read and had a lot going on in the plot. The book had romance, the struggles of someone going back to college at an older age and deciding what to do with their life, complicated family problems and relationships, as well as religious beliefs and humor. This was a first reads book won by my daughter and loaned to me.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
I won this book in a First Reads giveaway. I find the author to be fun and uplifting. I enjoyed this story, although for a new reader, it would help to read the first book. It was a little slow in a place or two, but it had the humor I enjoy, as well as demonstrating strength of character, especially amongst the women. Great read!
Ana Nouri
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
A Southern 60 year old Cinderella story. Before being rescued by the Prince, the troubled damiselle comes to fortune thanks to her daddy.
Enjoyed learning about southern traditions and how people choose to use the bible to their favor.
3 stars because I learned a little bit more about southern religious traditions.
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book because of the fact that The main characters were devoted to their faith. It was nice to read about people living their lives through faith while dealing with human issues such as lust and doubt. The author built these characters with lots of humor and Southern charm and I very much enjoyed this book!
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Josie Wright
Aug 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this novel from Goodreads First Reads giveaway. The book was not exactly what I was expecting. I loved the humor in it, but found it hard to relate to. I would have loved to read her story about 10 years before this. All in all it was a good book, a little long a times, but funny and entertaining.
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