Queen Bee of Momosa Branch
by Haywood Smith
Category: Fiction / Historical
352 pages; ISBN: v
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
At nineteen, she married Phil to flee her controlling mother who told her never to come back. Now turning fifty, Linwood Breedlove Scott is an ex wife as Phil deserted her for a stripper taking their life savings with him. With no place to go, Lin returns to the family home in Mimosa Branch, Georgia. Her first sight as she parks near the house is seeing her Alzheimer’s victimized Uncle Bedford running outside wearing only Depends. That might be tough to deal with, but Lin loves her uncle and will help care for him. Her mother Miss Mamie with her “I told you so” will be more difficult to contend with.
However, Lin refuses to bury herself in pity or even in a proper southern woman’s cocoon as defined by Miss Mamie. Instead Lin obtains a job at the drugstore and finds herself attracted to her boss Grant Owens. His butt is so tight, pennies could not fall out, but the new Lin decides to loosen his change as she begins the seduction of Grant.
The QUEEN BEE OF MIMOSA BRANCH is a witty look at a woman struggling to find herself though she is middle age. The tale works best when Lin provides amusing acerbic asides to the reader that focus on what she wants, which is often opposite of what she does. Thought the tale turns into a warm buttercup near the end, fans of small town Southern living seen filtered through the eyes of a former practitioner will gain plenty of delectation from Haywood Smith's hilarious slice of life.
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