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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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    Donnise columbia, tn, United States 06-20-13
    Donnise columbia, tn, United States 06-20-13

    I have a 3 hour commute to work every day so I listen to audiobooks to help with my drive. It's added some happiness to my day (if it's a good book)!

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    "I want to read all Beth Hoffman and hear Lamia"
    What did you love best about Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

    The wonderful women in this unique town and timeframe. Cecilia was saved by these ladies. Theme was beautiful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed Mrs Goodpepper's personality the most.


    Have you listened to any of Jenna Lamia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is just amazing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just hated the father so much.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 09-11-12
    Jan 09-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Deja vu"

    Narrator Jenna Lamia has also read, The Help, Secret Life of Bees and Moon over Manifest... books I really loved. As I started this book I felt it was like a rerun, same plot & voice, different writer... didn't last long. Set in South - yes, but its own delightful cast and story was hard to put down. They save old houses, a hummingbird, an old lady... and never mention saving Ceecee. But as you close the book you realize it has been done.

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    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 01-02-11
    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 01-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Cute and Entertaining"

    This book was a fairly easy read. It had kooky characters, and although it certainly involved difficult issues such as mental illness and parental neglect/absence as well as racism, it never got into it so deeply that it had me reflecting as much as I would hope. Still, the story was nice and I am happy to have read it.

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    Ashley Franklin, TN, United States 12-29-10
    Ashley Franklin, TN, United States 12-29-10
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    "Cute but could drag at times..."

    This was a really great listen, although I found myself spacing out from time to time and not being super excited to start listening again, like I get with books I'm really into. It truly is a sweet story and the narrator is perfect for the voice of CeeCee.

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    Tracy Lake Charles, LA, United States 12-28-10
    Tracy Lake Charles, LA, United States 12-28-10 Member Since 2015
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    "i couldn't stop listening"

    what a wonderful read. i was enthralled from the beginning and i am so sad i am done with the book..story of good people and life lessons that left my heart feeling warm. best narration i have heard so far...beautiful voice

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    paula r. hutton 12-10-10 Member Since 2010
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    "I didn't want the story to end!"

    This book had me hooked from the very beginning. It is a touching, tender, gently humorous tale of genuine love without regard to skin color or dubious family history. Full of Southern charm and regional color, the characters are brought to life by by Beth Hoffman's gift for creating endearing characters and Jenna Lamia's skillful delivery. I will eagerly be watching for Beth Hoffman's next book!

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    Martha Sachse, TX, United States 12-08-10
    Martha Sachse, TX, United States 12-08-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Great!! Can't Wait for More From Beth Hoffman!"

    This book was an attention grabber from beginning to end. I was disappointed to see that there were no more audible books by this author! The story of Cee Cee Honeycutt with her crazy past and her colorful new life in Savanah was rich and full of strong women. This story makes your appreciate all the great women that have touched your life.

    The narrator, Jenna Lamia, was excellent!! She makes the characters all come alive, especially Cee Cee.

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    Pamela J. Lassiter 12-01-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful"

    Jenna Lamia is hands-down the very best narrator. I will listen to anything she narrates and "Saving CeeCee Hunneycutt is certainly worth the read. Hated to hear it end......maybe a sequel?

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    G L. 11-24-10
    G L. 11-24-10 Member Since 2006
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    Cute story but written with such sappy language that it was hard to listen to. If you are a fan of similies, metaphors and drippy imagery, this is the book for you. If you get frustrated by reading descriptions that are flowery and just plain trying too hard, skip it.

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    Robert SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 08-21-10
    Robert SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 08-21-10 Member Since 2013
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    "a womans book"

    This is a well written book, and the narrator is extremely good! 5 stars for her!

    However, MEN BEWARE, this is a book written by a woman, for women about women! The book is about things that interest women exclusively. The only references to any living men in this book portrayed them as scoundrels, losers or jerks. There were some references to men dead who were "wonderful", the inference being, "they don't make um like that anymore." As a man, I became OVERDOSED with the femaleism before I could finish the book.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful

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