Review: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt – Beth Hoffman

Genre: Fiction
Pages: 306
Published: 2010
Publisher: Penguin
Source: My bookshelf

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.

My thoughts:
After my last two disappointments I knew I needed something to good, but what? I had heard such good things about this one and sometimes lit fiction is just the thing to get you out of that rut. And I was right.
This book was just plain charming, sweet, up-lifting and filled with wisdom and friendship. It was just the kind of book I needed. And all those things I had heard were true, Hoffman has a good voice and she weaves a magical story in a way. A delightful book that still deals with some heavy things.
Poor CeeCee, her mum is crazy and her dad is always away. The kids at school laugh at her cos of her mum, and even the grown-ups stay away. I just felt so sorry for that poor child, at least this did have one friend in an elderly woman, but life was hard for her. She had to take care of everything. And her mum’s death left her with big scars, but that is what this book deals with. Coming to terms with those scars and finding friends. Never have I been happier to see someone make friends in this book because she was so deserving. 
The writing is wonderful, there is always something warm over the whole book and at the end I smiled. All was well and it left that same warm feeling inside of me that was found in the book.
A great book that I recommend warmly and I have my fellow booklovers to thank for reading it.

44 thoughts on “Review: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt – Beth Hoffman

  1. Blodeuedd says:

    CherryIt was a truly lovely book and I could almost smell the scents of the south in the air :)DianaI hope you will enjoy it tooVivienneHihi, I know 😉 And i am glad I listened to what everyone else was saying. I knew I had to have it.Happy New Year Beth :Dit sure was mostly cos of Vivienne, she sure knows the way to spread the word about your book

  2. Yvonne says:

    Ohhh…I think I'll like this one. It's one of the first I downloaded to my Nook, but haven't read yet. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    BermudaIt was such a lovely book and I would love to know people like this.NaidaIt is as good as you have heard 😀 I do hope you get to read it soonJenny GIt sure did. There is nothing like good old fiction to break a slump. And I am glad to hear that you got it.StephI do not get around to fiction that often these days, true. Ever since I started blogging I have found so many other things to love :)Yay indeed 😀

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    StaciI am very happy to have read it.MissieYou haven't? Then I am so very happy to having introduced you to it. Such a wonderful little book.AmusedIf is sitting there then yes it needs to be read.BookCatI am glad to hear that, and I am happy to introduce this author to more bloggers. Because I would not have found this gem without the blogging world.YvonneI am sure you will enjoy it too.FeliciaSo very heartwarming 😀

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    AnaLol, it would certainly be different from those monster books you are reading right now. perhaps you would even have to read something between those and this one 😉

  6. wdebo says:

    I haven't heard about this book before, but it sounds so good. I am totally gonna add this to my tar list now 🙂 I really need to read a heartwarming story right now. Hehe. It sounds a little like So.B.It?

  7. Jess Haines says:

    It sounds cute! If you're looking for a pick-me-up book, BET ME by Jennifer Crusie is a cute contemp romance you might like. I just recommended it to Nat (Wicked Little Pixie) and she loved it. :)<3,-J

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    CE HartI hope you will enjoy it too :)happy New Year!Oh and I could not get into your blog for some reason :/ChrisYAY :DWdebo…So.B? Hm, I can't figure out what you mean with that.But yes heartwarming and lovely, totally worth the time.JennyI am sure you would, it is just a feel good book.MelissaHihi, yes you have to! And you would like it. Sweet and nice, with a happy ending. Because those are truly needed.

  9. Blodeuedd says:

    Melissa MyIt was needed. Now I can go into the new year witha smile.DCHappy New Year!!I hope it will be a good one for you.Jess HainesI saw the 4th book on GD by the way, yay, I can't wait to read it!Anyway, bet, I do think I have read that one, I have read some of the Crusie ones in Swedish. And this one might have been one of thoseTeddySo good, and i am happy to have finally read it

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