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.
©2010 Beth Hoffman; (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks
What a lovely story about love, loss and finding yourself through family. The characters are so beautifully written and the story uses that to create such powerful images.
I loved Jenna Lamia's performance; loved it! I am not sure I can tease out what I loved more, Jenna's performance or the story. I have listened to so many audiobooks but this was by far the best narration I have heard.
Ceecee , her mother, ...... they were all so beautifully written.
Really enjoyed my time with this book.
I think back to the summary I read before I chose this title. I thought it would be a fluffy, happy book, just the right kind of easy, light listens to make my day. Boy was I wrong! Now let me tell you what exactly I mean by that. It is not, "fluffy" or light by any means. This story has substance! This isn't a cute, fluffy book, it is insightful, wise and rich. I absolutely love the characters, every single one of them!! That doesn't happen to me very often.
Ceecee is a courageous girl. As much as the author portrays the issues she is dealing with we also get to see in her the innocence that is still wrapped within her heart. The story has reminded me of the beautiful women that grace my life. Every chapter seemed to present another time to once again bask in the glow of being a young girl again, or how much someone can love us, or how people come into our lives and make us better women.
The narrator was perfect! I can't imagine anyone else narrating this story, it just wouldn't work. I can't say I've ever heard Jenna Lamia narrate a book before so I cannot speak to any of her other work but she nailed every character!
Truly, I think if you love movies like, "Steel Magnolia's" or "Where the Heart Is" you will fall in love with this book! Thank you Beth Hoffman for making my heart feel so warm. I would love to hear more from these characters!
Not really. The story takes CeeCee from a horrible existence to an almost perfect one. In that way is resembles the run-of-the-mill romance story. It is a Cinderella story and most of my friends have read that already.
I have not read others. She did a good job on this one.
The garden party.
The book was worth reading if you just want some light entertainment.
This is in my top 10 best books ever!
When Ceecee catches her busy body neighbor in her backyard.
When Ceecee finally forgives/accepts her mother illness.
Say something about yourself!
Really enjoyed the entire book. It was warm, sad, and ultimately uplifting. A enjoyable novel.
great character development
Did nnot read it
I loved her narrative and timing
Nothing it was fine
This is a book I recommend EVERYONE. It ranks up there as one of my favorites and I will keep it for ever. it is one I have recommened to my tweens, teens, young adult, adults and old folks. I think it connects to all ages.
Her shift and understanding, coupled with wonderfully tender characters.
The characters and the slowly developing plot with its revelations and growth.
No, but she is a wonderful narrator - great accents and shifts.
Yes, when she realized she missed and loved her mother
In the style of Gibbons, this is even a more developed and polished story. Can't wait for another by her.
Mom, historical fiction junkie, scientist, commuter who missed the escape of reading & was saved by Audible
He hooked me from the very beginning with perfect pace & characters you care about.
Joshilyn Jackson novels because of the multitude of quirky Southern characters in her novels & this novel and also because of the humor being very similar to that of Joshilyn Jackson novels.
LOVE, love, love Jenna Lamia in everything she does. I actually chose this book because I love Jenna Lamia's voice so I thought I'd give the book a shot. Jenny Lamia can make even a not-so-good book tolerable, but this book combined with Jenna Lamia's voice= perfection!
The scene with the hummingbird, but I can't say more without posting a spoiler. :D
The power of love to heal and the impact of friendship. The "southern" setting.
Similar to "The Help"
Jenna Lamina was a new narrator to me, I will definatley look for her again. She did an amazing job with all the characters, especially Cee Cee.
I laughed and cried and laughed until I cries ! CeeCee is has a priceless wit and spunk !
As a Southerner, I was totally in love with this book! This is a wonderful story of a young (northern born) young girl whose mother dies, and ends up in Savannah, Georgia being raised by her Great Aunt, who is a lovely woman. The other characters in the story, coming in and out of the lives of CeeCee and her Aunt, range from completely hilarious to downright emotional. It's a story that you will want to listen to again again....I certainly plan to, and soon! I have recommended it to everyone I know!
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