Sunday, June 2, 2013

Saving Ceecee Honeycutt by: Beth Hoffman

Title: Saving Ceecee Honeycutt
Author: Beth Hoffman
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 320
Format: ebook
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | Amazon


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.

My Thoughts:

Poor Little Cece Honneycut has had so much trouble taking care of her mother who is psychotic at best, dealing with a father who can't be bothered, having no friends except an elderly woman next door.  I felt so bad for Cece I was glad when Cece's great Aunt Tootie stepped up and took Cece to Georgia.

There Cece meets all sorts of interesting characters like the housekeeper Oletta Jones who forms a great friendship with Cece.  To Miz Goodpepper who also bonds with the young Cece.  Cece experiences so much in that summer she moved to Savannah.  Met great people who bonded with her and learned alot about growing up and not letting her mother's illness bring her down or make her less of a person.

This is a book I would love to see on screen I think it would be fabulous.  Cece worms her way into your heart and doesn't let you go!  Definitely an author I will look for more books by.  Her next book is: 

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