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Saving Ceecee Honeycutt | [Beth Hoffman]

Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Kaylyn Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 03-15-11
    Kaylyn Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 03-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Exceeded my expectation"

    I loved this book. It is a great story about a strong little girl who deals with a lot and the women who rally around her to help her out. I loved the characters. They were easy to fall in love with and you found yourself rooting for the young CeeCee throughout the book. I love the resiliency of the human spirit portrayed in this story and how important it is to reach out to those around us who need a shoulder to lean on. I loved Jenna Lamia's voice as the narrator in "The Help" and was happy to hear it again in this book. She does a great job.

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    Diane aurora, co, United States 03-14-11
    Diane aurora, co, United States 03-14-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Perfect Narrator"

    This audio book is very entertaining and I am very glad I purchased it. But I must say, the narrator is so wonderful, and gets all the voices so spot-on that it made the listening experience even better.

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    DKM 03-09-11
    DKM 03-09-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Mixed thoughts on the book"

    At times I found myself deep into this book....then disappointments. It almost seems like it is geared toward a 12 to 14 year old but not...somehow. It seems very unrealistic that ALL of these terrible things could happen to this little girl and those who surround her.

    There were a couple of passages that did speak to my heart as far as having to deal with issues from childhood. I love the "life book" idea.

    Jenna Lamia is an excellent reader! Her voice is soothing to listen to. A++ for Jenna!

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    Barb McDougall 03-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it."

    The narration of this book was excellent. I enjoyed the story and the characters. It was a great listen.

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    MaDonna Victoria, TX, United States 03-07-11
    MaDonna Victoria, TX, United States 03-07-11
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    "SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT"

    This was a really interesting and enjoyable book. Makes you think about what many children's lives are like in the world with dysfunctional families.

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    DovaSmith 03-05-11
    DovaSmith 03-05-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful!"

    I was born in the south and truly enjoyed the telling of this story! The reader did a fantastic job, pleasant to listen to.

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    Terry United States 02-11-11
    Terry United States 02-11-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Sweet Story"

    The narration on this book is fantastic. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is very much like Secret Life of Bees.

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    Jo Ann Turner 02-07-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Very good."

    I really liked the book. I don't rate it as high as..The Help.. but it's very good.

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    Barbara Wasilla, AK, United States 02-06-11
    Barbara Wasilla, AK, United States 02-06-11 Member Since 2009
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    "LOVED IT"

    Beth Hoffman has a great talent at getting you emotionally involved with each character. Went from wanting to cry to laughing out loud. Great narration as well. Will recommend to friends and family.

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 02-04-11
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 02-04-11 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Delightful treat"

    Saving Ceecee Honoeycutt is a gem of a story and each character is more delightful than the next.
    Aunt Tootie and Odetta are as real as any person I have met in my lifetime. This was a story I didn't want to end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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