Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman has been around the blogasphere for a while and many have raved about it and in my opinion, for good reason. I really, really enjoyed this step into the South for a while and into CeeCee’s life. For me, this novel was filled with interesting and quirky characters that managed to fill a place in my heart just when I needed it most.
CeeCee Honeycutt is twelve years old and up to this point has certainly not had an easy life. She’s grown up with a mentally ill mother and has unfortunately been left on her own the majority of the time to take care of her. Her father is a travelling salesman who took the job to mainly get away from home – how unfair to leave young CeeCee to try and make sense out of what was happening to her mother when there was really no way too.
CeeCee’s mother Camille lives in her past when she was young, beautiful and the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. She spends lots of money at the goodwill store buying up party dresses and shoes and then dresses up in them at home and to CeeCee’s horror goes out in public in them as well. Of course the town thinks that Camille is completely crazy as she gives them plenty of reason too and unfair as it is, this has rubbed off on CeeCee. She is laughed and snickered at and has never had a friend other than her old neighbor Mrs. Odell.
Then tragedy strikes and CeeCee has nobody. Her father certainly has no idea what to do with a young girl and fully realizes that he has been a horrible father to her. Soon enough, CeeCee’s great aunt Tootie shows up from Savannah to rescue her and take her home with her. CeeCee is introduced into a wonderful world she never thought possible with a beautiful home, wonderful clothes and most importantly, people who love her.
What a great story. From here CeeCee meets those quirky characters that I was talking about like Miz Goodpepper and Violene Hobbs – both these characters had me laughing out loud at times. Then there is Oletta Jones, the housekeeper/surrogate mother that I just loved. She just warmed my heart with how, in her own way, she helps CeeCee heal from all that has happened to her. My favorite characters were definitely CeeCee and Oletta – CeeCee for her resilience to make it even after all the horrors she’s seen and Oletta for being the kind of woman who knew what CeeCee needed and made sure to give it to her.
This is a beautifully written story that captured my heart. I really loved it and the only bad thing I could possibly say about it is that I wished it had been longer. I would have loved to spend more time in Savannah with everyone! There are many passages that I loved as Beth Hoffman most certainly has a way with words but I’ll just share a few of them…
- ‘A cool breeze ruffled the hem of my nightgown, the birds began to chirp and sing, and the first sparks of sunlight brought the dew-drops to life.’ (page 44)
- ‘I sat quietly and listened as their chatter lifted into the air, gilding all four corners of the kitchen. And as the sweet aroma of the fresh peaches mingled with the sound of their voices, I folded the memory into myself, feeling a peace I’d never known before.’ (page 272)
—Now that passage I like because it evoked memories of my own from back when I was younger and would lay in bed and listen to my Aunt Tally (now passed away) and my mom chattering at the kitchen table. I remember feeling so secure hearing their voices lull me to sleep.
My favorite quote is this one because it’s so true to life for all of us and it really hits home for me right now…
- ‘It’s how we survive the hurts in life that brings us strength and gives us our beauty.’ (page 302)
I read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman for her book tour with Inkwell Management. You can buy your very own copy of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman here in the US and here in Canada. Be sure to visit Beth Hoffman’s website and blog as well!
My thanks…to Allie with Inkwell Management and Shannon with Penguin for my review copy of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman.
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