by Pamela Morsi

February 2006
ISBN: 0-7783-2269-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Trade Paperback

Readers who love stories that span a generation and touch upon the lives of women, will devour this newest title by Pamela Morsi. This charming tale tells the story of two women-mother and daughter in a way that allows the readers to discover that there are always two sides to every story.

Babs Hoffman was the first runner up in McKinney Texasí Annual Cotton Queen contest in 1956. From there, she did what most girls of her era did-married young and set up housekeeping. However, Babs dreams for the future are quickly extinguished when her young husband is killed. Determined to raise her young daughter alone, Babs will make a series of decisions that will change her life forever. Her story always revolves around making sure her daughter Laney has the best that life has to offer.

Laney Hoffman, Cotton Queen of 1975 may have the same story, but her views of it are far different from that of her mother. She grows up feeling at times abandoned and the rest of the time being suffocated by her motherís plans for her. Independent, Laney knows that after graduation all she wants is to escape McKinney, Texas and her mother, to make her own life. Just as her mother before her, Laney discovers that life seldom turns out as we planned it and she ends up back where it all started, living with her mother. Can these two former queens come together to discover a way back to each other?

Former historical author Morsi has made the transition to womenís fiction without a single glitch. Her stories of women fighting to find themselves are ones guaranteed to grab the readerís hearts.

Reviewed in April 2006 by Shelby.

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