Monday, April 12, 2010
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Book Review
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.
About The Author:
Beth Hoffman was the president and co-owner of a major interior design studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, before turning to writing full time. She lives with her husband and two cats in a quaint historic district in Newport, Kentucky. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is her first novel.
I love that the book description compares this book to Steel Magnolias, as it is one of my favorite, all time movies. This book totally reminded me of that movie and the appeal there is to good ol' Southern Hospitality.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is your typical coming-of-age story, and I love that the main character in the book, CeeCee, has such a wonderful group of strong women to support her as she grows up!
The book is wonderfully written, with beautiful descriptions of Southern Living, well developed characters, who are so likeable, and life situations that will make you laugh and cry out loud. If you like women's fiction and/or coming-of-age stories, you will totally love Saving CeeCee Honeycutt! I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: Purchase Saving CeeCee Honeycutt online, directly through the publisher, Penguin Group Canada. It is also available through your favorite local bookseller.