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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

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.

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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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Fabulously Wonderful Read!

If you've never listened to a narration by Jenna Lamia, you're in for a treat. She gave the perfect voice to this wonderful, touching story that I won't soon forget. In becoming acquainted with CeeCee, it was similar, as many have already mentioned, to falling in love with Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird or Lily from Secret Life of Bees. The South is not only the setting here, but provides a very visceral ambience to this wonderful gem of a book. The quirky characters, the southern ladies, all of whom will ring true to anyone who has any recollection of the South during the 1950's or 60's is brought to life in all of its sleepy, dark, eccentric glory focusing on the redeeming ability of love to heal and bind us together. It's already been several months since I read it, but as the cicadas are calling and its too hot to do anything else, I find myself tempted to allow myself to go back and wallow in CeeCee's story all over again.

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  • Desiree
  • Cypress, TX, United States
  • 06-29-11

This book is for a 12 year old

This book was described as a cross between 'The Help' and 'Steel Magnolias'....it was...in all the wrong ways. This book is told from the viewpoint of cee cee a 12 year old girl. There are attempts to make the reader see the various adult characters in a vivid light but you really just see the world through the eyes of a 12 year old. The relationship between Cee Cee and her maid was utterly ridiculous and unrealistic. It reminds me of a nancy drew book I read as a child. Again I don't recommend this book for anyone over 12 years of age.

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  • Jill
  • Franklin, CT, United States
  • 01-02-11

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

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

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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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

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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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?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful