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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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    Kelly Buford, GA, United States 10-06-10
    Kelly Buford, GA, United States 10-06-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Best listen in ages ..."

    Not only was this book beautifully written, it was beautifully read. The narrator's voice changed seamlessly from the main character, a young child, to all the other supporting characters.

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    Maryalyce El Mirage, AZ, United States 10-01-10
    Maryalyce El Mirage, AZ, United States 10-01-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Could anyone not love this?"

    From the beginning, I cared about this girl and her story - with humor and the perfect narration.

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    C. Byrnes Kissimmee, FL United States 09-27-10
    C. Byrnes Kissimmee, FL United States 09-27-10 Member Since 2008

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    A light listen and good narrator. It kept my interest from beginning to end and I couldn't wait to get back to it. Recommend it highly.

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    Robyn 09-20-10
    Robyn 09-20-10 Member Since 2015
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    "I didn't want the book to end."

    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!

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    Yates East Windsor, NJ, United States 09-09-10
    Yates East Windsor, NJ, United States 09-09-10 Member Since 2015
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    "delightful and hope-inspiring!"

    In the same way that Forrest Gump inspired hope, so does Ceecee's journey. I loved it!

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    Joanna B VonBergen 09-09-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Awesome Book!"

    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.

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    Helen Austin Texas 09-08-10
    Helen Austin Texas 09-08-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Lots of Heart and Soul!"

    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.

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    Joanne 08-29-10
    Joanne 08-29-10

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    If you like books that wisk you away to another place and time you will like this book. The narrator does an incredible job of offering many convincing voices.

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    karisa del rio, TX, United States 08-25-10
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    This was a very cute book. I enjoyed it. I think it would make a great movie!

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    Patsy Hermitage, TN, United States 08-25-10
    Patsy Hermitage, TN, United States 08-25-10 Member Since 2006
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    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.

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