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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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Great read, definitely worth the credit.

Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt to be better than the print version?

Really enjoyed the entire book. It was warm, sad, and ultimately uplifting. A enjoyable novel.

What did you like best about this story?

great character development

Which scene was your favorite?

n/a

Who was the most memorable character of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt and why?

Ceecee Honeycutt

Any additional comments?

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I loved this book

Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt to be better than the print version?

Did nnot read it

Who was your favorite character and why?

Her Aunt

What does Jenna Lamia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved her narrative and timing

If you could rename Saving Ceecee Honeycutt, what would you call it?

Nothing it was fine

Any additional comments?

This is a book I recommend EVERYONE. It ranks up there as one of my favorites and I will keep it for ever. it is one I have recommened to my tweens, teens, young adult, adults and old folks. I think it connects to all ages.

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Simply beautiful

What did you love best about Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

Her shift and understanding, coupled with wonderfully tender characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters and the slowly developing plot with its revelations and growth.

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

No, but she is a wonderful narrator - great accents and shifts.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when she realized she missed and loved her mother

Any additional comments?

In the style of Gibbons, this is even a more developed and polished story. Can't wait for another by her.

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  • Sarah
  • United States
  • 08-27-12

Unexpectedly wonderful book!

What did you love best about Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

He hooked me from the very beginning with perfect pace & characters you care about.

What other book might you compare Saving Ceecee Honeycutt to and why?

Joshilyn Jackson novels because of the multitude of quirky Southern characters in her novels & this novel and also because of the humor being very similar to that of Joshilyn Jackson novels.

What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

LOVE, love, love Jenna Lamia in everything she does. I actually chose this book because I love Jenna Lamia's voice so I thought I'd give the book a shot. Jenny Lamia can make even a not-so-good book tolerable, but this book combined with Jenna Lamia's voice= perfection!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scene with the hummingbird, but I can't say more without posting a spoiler. :D

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  • Cindy
  • Oxnard, CA, United States
  • 08-07-12

If you loved "The Help" you will adore this !

What did you love best about Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

The power of love to heal and the impact of friendship. The "southern" setting.

What other book might you compare Saving Ceecee Honeycutt to and why?

Similar to "The Help"

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

Jenna Lamina was a new narrator to me, I will definatley look for her again. She did an amazing job with all the characters, especially Cee Cee.

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

I laughed and cried and laughed until I cries ! CeeCee is has a priceless wit and spunk !

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Absolutely splendid, darling!

As a Southerner, I was totally in love with this book! This is a wonderful story of a young (northern born) young girl whose mother dies, and ends up in Savannah, Georgia being raised by her Great Aunt, who is a lovely woman. The other characters in the story, coming in and out of the lives of CeeCee and her Aunt, range from completely hilarious to downright emotional. It's a story that you will want to listen to again again....I certainly plan to, and soon! I have recommended it to everyone I know!

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Delightful

What a delightful book. This book starts out dreary and the reader grieves for little ???Cee Cee Honeycutt.??? But after the tragic death of her mother, it goes on to much happier times; enabling the reader to forget the tragedy the child has gone through. The cast of characters are Southern through and through, with Oletta becoming Cee Cee???s true friend, confident and companion; while at the same time providing good ???ole Southern mothering.

This book will make the reader smile, laugh and cry at different times. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and look forward to other books by this author.


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Heartbreaking and Delightful!!!

Where does Saving Ceecee Honeycutt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks in my top 10! It's an excellent "listen"!! You are immersed in the fragrant grace and beauty of the South. I would love to have a great-aunt like Aunt Tootie!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

I laughed out loud as the "cat-fight" unfolded during the Garden Party!!

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

Excellent performance by Jenna Lamia. I have also listened to her reading of "The Help"

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

This book will make you laugh and cry!!!

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Mind-numbing beginning ...

With an 8-hour drive in front of me, I was looking forward to listening to this book. After an hour, I turned it off. Maybe it got better ... I'll never know. It was so full of cliches and a story that didn't hold together, that silence was a better option. The narration was fine, it was everything else that was slow torture.

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Absolutly Delightful!!

What did you love best about Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

I really loved all the colorful characters. Ms Jenna Lamia does a wonderful job bring them all to life. Her performance is perfection.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

Omg... When Cece took that bra all over town and snapped those photos I laughted out loud.
There are many highlights though. Cece first trip to the beach, her visit to the old folks home, the "Garden Pary Brawl" and many others.

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful story about how love can heal past pain and how a family can come together out of an unlikly group of peope. I do recommend this book to anyone who loves a story that is filled with compassion and wisdom for one less fortunate.