The narrator Jenna Lamia has done a spectacular job! Every voice and character so beautifully read. I felt as if I knew them all. Beth Hoffman has written a novel I will listen to again and again. There are so many emotional moments of clarity and beauty I cannot list them all. If you are looking for a wonderful, touching and memorable book, THIS IS IT!
In the same way that Forrest Gump inspired hope, so does Ceecee's journey. I loved it!
I loved, loved this book. It now ranks up there right along with The Help and The Secret Life of Bees as one of my favorites. Jenna Lamia narrated all these so she too is one of my favorites.
A beautiful and hopeful book about young Cee Cee Honeycutt. Cee Cee is 12 and has dealt with a mentally unbalanced mother for years. Her father is absent and Cee Cee really is the mother to her mother. Her mother dies tragically and Cee Cee goes to lives with Aunt Tutti in Savannah. What follows is a real description of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder embraced by the healing power and love of several women. You will cry with sadness and have tears of joy on several accounts. Beautifully written, great character development, illuminating descriptions of Savannah, combined with a tender storyline. The storyline, like a "lifebook", crosses with a good dose of southern hospitality; the importance of forgiveness; the distaste of prejudice; the need for compassion; and most important the renovation of the soul ...and a few historic houses! You will be cheering on Cee Cee all the way and wishing you had Aunt Tutti and Oletta in your life. A Steel Magnolias, The Help and Secret Life of Bees kinda book! Narration was excellent too.
I simply did not believe I would find a book about the South in the 50's and 60's that would move me like "The Help" by the same narrator. I was wrong. I am not one to be moved to tears or laugh outloud reactions by novels. But both evoked these reactions. I can't say enough about Jenna Lamia. Her narration brought even more depth to the characters in this book.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The words were strung together like a treasured painting. The reader was perfect. While I was listening I would loose myself into another world. I wish I had an Aunt Toody!
I LOVED IT! I would be laughing one minute and crying the next. Definitely a wonderful wonderful story. The young lady who narrarates this could not be better. She brings each character to life. I love this story. I will listen to this one several times. It is precious. A++++
The reader is very good with the voices. You really get into the characters and forget the voices after awhile...The book reminded me of Secret Life of Bees.