Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

by: Beth Hoffman

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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. -Review from http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780670021390,00.html?Saving_CeeCee_Honeycutt_Beth_Hoffman

My family teases me – that I am attracted to shiny objects.  Well, it wasn’t shiny, but the cover of this book is just gorgeous!  It got me.  I was perusing the aisles of Sam’s Club and next thing you know this beautiful book had jumped in my buggy.  (Along with a few others you’ll hear about soon.)  You can probably tell from my previous Good Read selections, my literary choices tend to lean toward the Southern fiction genre. (I wonder why?)  Anyway…this was a really sweet story and a nice quick read too.  I love little CeeCee!  I really admire both her strength and vulnerability. 

I hope you get a chance to read this book soon.  It is reminiscent of The Help, in that the setting is the deep south during the 1960′s.  Both novels feature strong, behind the scenes characters, that are full of love and wisdom.  The similarities don’t over-ride this sweet story though; it is a very different tale than the one told in The Help.  I don’t want to give away too much of the book for you so no more details.  Give it a try and let me know what you think of this one?

Are you drawn to any particular type of book or style of writing?  I tend to get on a thematic trends, how ’bout you?  For the longest time my favorite reads were full of political thrill and espionage, then I was stuck on historically based fiction.  Now I’m really drawn to stories that take place in the south. 

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this book.