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 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
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!
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.
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?
I just gobbled up this wonderful story. I loved absolutely every minute. I think anyone who liked "The Secret Life of Bees" or "The Glass Castle" would enjoy this book immensely. The reading by Jenna Lamia is perfection.
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.
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.
Where do I start? One reviewer mentioned "The Help" and trust me, this book is nothing like "The Help". There is no social comentary (except for a brief scene in which a character is listening to Martin Luther King), the characters are extremely shallow, and there is NO dramatic tension. Everything for Ceecee, who is such a nice girl, just kind of sort of works out oh so sweetly. The language is sweety-goo (comparing a happy heart to a cherry pop-tart, for example) and trite. I got really tired of characters who were either unrealistically nice, all bad or ridiculous (mostly the men) or sweetly eccentric. Any characters who were interesting, complex or who presented challenges, were done away with pretty quickly. Regarding dramatic tension, all the characters problems were resolved quickly and with little insight or struggle on their part. I am not from the south, but I felt the characters were almost insultingly stereotyped. I kept listening, fascinated by the lack of depth and with the expectation that something meaty had to happen. It didn't. Subplots that had the potential for creating a story of complexity and depth were resolved in a simplistic way or not resolved at all. I can't imagine why so many loved this book. If you haven't read "The Help" you should. It has all the elements that "Saving Ceecee Honeycutt" is lacking.
Best of southern feminine fiction comes alive in this story of a twelve year old girl blossoming in Savannah, Georgia. Cee Cee was in a sad state while living in Ohio. Her out if place, mentally ill, Southern Bell mother was run over by an ice cream, and her father was barely at home anymore. So her Great-Aunt Tootie drive up in her luxury car to take Cee Cee home with her to Savannah.
Cee Cee's life suddenly went from loneliness and neglect to a whirlwind of new friends and an exuberant life with Oletta---Tootie's black housekeeper, and all of Tootie's numerous flamboyant neighbors. Cee Cee's "life book" became filled with many new found experiences, including racism, elaborate southern traditions, and great new friends. She learned to forgive others and accept the "perfectness" of who she could be.
Characters were well developed and wonderfully interesting. Messages were deep, but couched in loads of charm and humor. Difficult situations were eluded to, but we're not dealt with in a heavy handed manner. Terrific read!!
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
I enjoyed her other novel better.
No. I didn't think the story was that unique.
This was a bit cliche'.
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