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Southern housewife Linwood Breedlove Scott was happily content in her comfortable, complacent thirty-year marriage, but when her husband cleans out their bank accounts and runs off with a stripper, her life takes a hilarious, yet touching, right turn into reality. With no place to go but home, she's forced back to her insular hometown and the "eccentric" family she escaped by marrying at nineteen: her senile father, her loving-yet-controlling mother, her long-suffering aunt, her crazy uncle, and her good-for-nothing brother. But despite her newly dependent situation and her family's genteel insanity, Lin begins to stand on her own two feet and wake up to the joys-and perils-of life as a single woman. And she also learns surprising lessons about her family: that things aren't always what they seem, and that the power of love governs even the most dysfunctional of relationships. This joy-filled, moving, and wise-cracking novel delivers a portrait of Southern life, Southern families, and self-discovery that readers will never forget.
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Everyone wants to "set a spell" in Mimosa Branch:
"A one-of-a-kind feel-good read. Hilariously on the mark, Ms. Smith's novel of life in a small southern town is the perfect combination of wit and touching sentiment." -Romantic Times, Top Pick
"Girl power at its best. Add deliciously bitchy Linwood Breedlove Scott to literature's steel magnolias. Haywood Smith's wounded heroine is one of those women you want to hug and shake at the same time, as you cheer her on in her struggle for self-respect, love, and revenge. She discovers what really matters: 'Friends forever,' she says, 'and we go on.' You'll wish Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch did, too."-Sandra Dallas, author of The Chili Queen
"Here's a story that proves you can go home again. Come and sit for a spell, laugh a bit, feel good again, and be delighted!"-Lynne Hinton, author of Friendship Cake
"Smith is on to something good here in Mimosa Branch...this one just shouts 'sequel!'"
"Wild and wacky...filled with Southern eccentricities and charm...a smart, sassy and infinitely poignant story that will touch your heart for a long time to come."-Romance Review Today
"A winner...Fans of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood will find Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch a wonderful read."--Thewordonromance.com
"Smith accomplishes a most difficult feat for novelists allowing her characters to grow and evolve in a realistic manner. Lin learns that while marriage may be transitory, family and friends are forever."-Brazosport Facts
Welcome to Mimosa Branch, Georgia.
Check your sanity at the door.
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 she's headed.
Lin's barely prepared for the loony bin that greets her, from her controlling, eighty-year-old mother and shockingly blunt father to her long-suffering Aunt Glory and her deranged Uncle Bedford who is convinced a cannibal lives under the furniture. Nor is she ready for the instant love-hate attraction she feels for her handsome new next-door neighbor. Trying to navigate her way through the second act of her life with nothing more than a prepaid calling card, a broken heart, and plenty of Prozac, Lin's about to discover that it's never too late for old friends, new romance, the ties of family, and a second chance to survive it all on the road to becoming the person you were always meant to be...
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Book Description St. Martin's Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0312300565
Book Description St. Martin's Press, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0312300565
Book Description St Martins Pr, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A., 2002. Hard Back. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 0908985
Book Description St. Martin's Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0312300565 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0087521