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
The book was excellent, such a heartwarming coming of age tale. I laughed, I cried, I pondered! Am I the only one or are there others who could listen to Jenna Lamia read an encyclopedia and be engrossed and charmed? Ms. Lamia makes this book, much like she did "The Help".
A thoroughly enjoyable listen.
I always enjoy books with strong women in them, and this one is no exception. I didnt know what to expect when I first read the overview, sometimes you just cant tell how deep or uplifting a book like this will be. The beginning of this book is a bit rough, but that is only because youre mad at some of the characters. Once it moves into the second half it is like a second chance, which is exactly what it is. I only had a couple of small gripes with the entire book, and they are too small to mention. It is a relatively light and easy listen, and if you want a feel good book, this is for you. Set in Savannah GA you get sucked into the women of the South in summer, and it is quite a summer to remember.
I highly recommend this book.
If you love Jenna Lamia, you'll probably enjoy listening to this book. However, if you've read/listened to Secret Life of Bees, The Help, and a few others in this genre, then this book is nothing you have already heard. It's not thought provoking nor eventful. You won't learn anything new. A better story narrated by Jenna is Velva Jean Learns to Drive.
This book is not only entertaining but an important and lighthearted look at segregation in the south. This book was recommended because I really loved Moon Over Manifest and now I don't know which I like better. I love this story for my pre-teen daughter and would recommend it for children and adults as well.
When I am having trouble sleeping I like to listen to books and Jenna Lamia is the perfect bedtime story reader. Her voice is musical and hypnotic. It is perfect for this book! I would recommend the book just for her reading, but the book is equally as good.
Yes, I would listen to it again. It is a great story.
The progression of Ceecee's mother into her own world.
I liked Ceecee. She never gave up and found a family.
Although I love Jenna Lamia's narration, this book was just OK for me. Another reviewer described it as fluffy and I agree. In all fairness, I did just finish reading The Help and I think I might be ruined for awhile after reading such a work of art. This book is decent but doesn't have much depth. I actually quit reading it after getting to the halfway point and losing interest.
If you have ever listened to anything narrated by Jenna Lamia, you already know how good she is. This is just a nice book, good story, and an easy listen.
This is an engaging story from the first page. I loved the use of language and characters more than any other book in many years. An absolutely charming and hopeful story.
I was taken by this book. It reminded me of The Help in a way . It is simply a good book for anyone- does have some southern accents.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content