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 delightful book. This book starts out dreary and the reader grieves for little ???Cee Cee Honeycutt.??? But after the tragic death of her mother, it goes on to much happier times; enabling the reader to forget the tragedy the child has gone through. The cast of characters are Southern through and through, with Oletta becoming Cee Cee???s true friend, confident and companion; while at the same time providing good ???ole Southern mothering.
This book will make the reader smile, laugh and cry at different times. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and look forward to other books by this author.
This book ranks in my top 10! It's an excellent "listen"!! You are immersed in the fragrant grace and beauty of the South. I would love to have a great-aunt like Aunt Tootie!!
I laughed out loud as the "cat-fight" unfolded during the Garden Party!!
Excellent performance by Jenna Lamia. I have also listened to her reading of "The Help"
This book will make you laugh and cry!!!
With an 8-hour drive in front of me, I was looking forward to listening to this book. After an hour, I turned it off. Maybe it got better ... I'll never know. It was so full of cliches and a story that didn't hold together, that silence was a better option. The narration was fine, it was everything else that was slow torture.
Yes, this was such a great story and the narration was absolutely wonderful! Storytelling at its best!
I loved so many of her conversations with Oletta. One of the best quotes would be "It is what we believe about ourselves that determines how others see us."
I have listened to several other books narrated by Ms Lamia. She is hands down the best!!!
I really loved all the colorful characters. Ms Jenna Lamia does a wonderful job bring them all to life. Her performance is perfection.
Omg... When Cece took that bra all over town and snapped those photos I laughted out loud.
There are many highlights though. Cece first trip to the beach, her visit to the old folks home, the "Garden Pary Brawl" and many others.
This is a wonderful story about how love can heal past pain and how a family can come together out of an unlikly group of peope. I do recommend this book to anyone who loves a story that is filled with compassion and wisdom for one less fortunate.
Touching, Sweet, Funny
The mason jar the the spatula. You'll have to wait for it, but will be rolling on the floor with laughter.
ALL of them -
The Aunt's housekeeper.
After hearing her read 'The Help' and now 'Saving CeeCee Honeycutt', Jenna is now my favorite narrator. She portrays each character so vividly that you would think you were sitting in a screenless movie theatre. Kudos to her. As indicated, this is truly a lovely story with some incredibly funny parts.
Entertaining, Intriguing, Creative
The relationships between Ceecee and all of the wonderful women in her life.
Aunt Tootie. Jenna was able, through just her voice, to pull the sugary warmth from that character's soul.
This was only my second Audio listen and I am hooked thanks to the wonderful performance by Jenna Lamia.
One of the best audiobooks so far.
Equal to The Help. But different. It was truly enjoyable to listen to.
I loved hearing the southern lines which are so pure to how southerners use to speak.
this book brought me to laughing a lot. Very well written and preformed.
I got this on a whim a few months ago but don't consider this genre my usual fare so it sat in my library for quite awhile. Of course, once I started I couldn't stop listening so I'd have to make excuses just to drive around listening. The story is heartwarming and the narrator brings the book to life! Jenna Lamia absoultely amazing and I will definitely look into more books she narrates.
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