August 13, 2010

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman is a Southern style story that will have you drawn in from the first few chapters. CeeCee Honeycutt lives life in a way no child her age should have to, and when she is rescued by her Great Aunt Tootie and whisked away to Georgia – the story really begins!

Book Description
“Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom

Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.

In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah's perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie's all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.”
– Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

My Thoughts
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is the author’s debut novel and is really a remarkable story about the love and friendship between women of all ages.

The story revolves around CeeCee, a young girl who finds herself in Georgia after losing her mother. There she finds many brighter than life and full of love mothers that really help her to find herself and live again.

It reminds me in many ways of The Secret Life of Bees. It is however a true Southern gem of a story that you will fall in love with. I highly recommend this novel by Beth Hoffman, it is a memorable story that would be just as good reread the second time.

* Thank you to the publisher of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Viking for providing me with a copy for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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