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- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 24, 2009
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0033ZP798
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Beth Hoffman concocts the essence of southern fiction....loquacious descriptions that send the floral arrays right into the nostrils of the reader; imaginative, inventive similes that conjure images not soon forgotten; characters rich with amusing antics and life-earned wisdom.
I loved this book; I loved it because it is believable without being so depressing I want to slit my wrists. It is truthful in its ugliness, yet hopeful in its general belief that life holds a plethora of promise.
Beautiful writing, Ms. Hoffman, and may you have many, many more successes as this book is destined to be.
Perhaps the anticipation ruined it for me, but I kept waiting (and waiting and waiting) to get to the "good part." It never happened for me.
This isn't a bad novel by any means. For me, though, it was an entirely predictable, somewhat boring book. Yes, the characters are cute and I liked all of them, but there were no enlightening moments, no huge epiphany, nothing striking at all. A decent story, but not a great one that will stay with me forever (I think it stayed with me for all of 30 minutes...the time it took me to start another novel).
Many people have already reiterated the story line here: orphaned girl taken in by a cute cast of distant relatives who raise her and give her the love she deserves. I won't bore you with that. I'll just say that if you tend to be susceptible to building up expectations for a novel, be careful here and don't expect a Pulitzer winner. Rather, expect a cutesy, warm, feel-good type novel (there are lots of them out there) and you'll likely get more enjoyment out of it than I did.
CeeCee has grown up in a sm all town in Ohio. Her mother is Camille Sugarbaker Honeycutt, a 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen and, via her marriage, a northern transplant. Sadly, like the beautiful and delicate flower whose name she bears, life for Camille Honeycutt above the Mason-Dixon line is an impossible climate in which to thrive. Today we might say CeeCee's mother has schizophrenia, is a manic-depressive, or, at the very least, is mentally disturbed. In the world of the late 1960s that CeeCee inhabits, she just knows that her mother's mood and mindset can change at the drop of a hat. She's aware that it's because of her mother's instability that her father, a machine tool salesman, stays away for weeks at a time leaving her to cope in an endless game of who's taking care of who.
It seems everyone knows CeeCee's mother is crazy, but other than an 80-year-old neighbor, Mrs. Gertrude Odell, no one makes any effort to nurture CeeCee or intervene in the situation. Poor CeeCee has developed into a bright student whose best friend is Nancy Drew and whose only mother figure is the tottering Mrs. Odell, who loves CeeCee like a grandchild but is just too old to offer anything more helpful than Sunday morning pancakes. Camille's title of Vidalia Onion Queen is obviously a crowning moment that her tortured psyche is constantly attempting to recapture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How women can heal one another never ceases to amaze. This book while beautifully written also tells the story of hurt, healing and growth into ones lifebook. Read morePublished 14 days ago by amy convery
This is a sweet story that grabbed me in the beginning. Hoffman's description of CeeCee's life with her mother and (mostly absent) father evoked emotion and compassion for the lead... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Carol A.
One of the best books I have ever read. Shared with my girlfriend and mom and they both loved it too.
Great characters and character developent. Read more
The story and writing are pretty juvenile. I wouldn't recommend it for adults. It might be good for pre-teen or early teen girls..Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The well written story of how a young girl goes from the tragic life of neglect to the loving care of a distant relative. Ceecee is given a tremendous opportunity to blossom. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leanne Smith
I loved this book. Where would we be without the women in our lives. This is a story of great women and a young girl. Terrific!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer