- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; First Edition edition (October 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143118579
- ISBN-13: 978-0143118572
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,464 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Anyone in need of a southern-girl-power fix will find [Saving CeeCee Honeycutt] engaging. And it offers an invaluable reminder: Even when things look bleak, a few good friends can turn your life around.”
“A peach of a novel.”
—Ladies Home Journal
“CeeCee Honeycutt is a sweet, perceptive girl with a troubled family, and this story of the summer that transforms her life is rich with hard truths and charm. This book unfolds like a lush southern garden, blooming with vivid characters, beauty, and surprises.”
—Kim Edwards, bestselling author of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
“An absolutely delightful debut novel packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart. From the moment you first step into young CeeCee’s unique world, you'll never want to leave.”
—Kristin Hannah, bestselling author of Fly Away
“Reading Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, I barely stopped laughing, even as my heart broke and broke again for CeeCee. She goes through the wringer with Southern grace, but you never forget all she’s lost, and you never lose sight of her courage and deep resources. Beth Hoffman has written her heart out in this novel that will clearly be the first of many.”
—Luanne Rice, bestselling author of The Lemon Orchard and Little Night
“A tender and touching debut. Charming, disarming, sweet as the scent of magnolias on a Southern summer night, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a true delight.”
—Mary Kay Andrews, bestselling author of Ladies' Night
About the Author
Beth Hoffman was the president and co-owner of an interior design studio in Cincinnati before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Looking for Me and her debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. She lives with her husband and two cats in northern Kentucky.
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The peculiar-- the only two male characters are a highly-flawed father and a hateful, racist thief. This gender-polarization struck me as quite odd.
The thought-provoking-- set in 1967, these appealing white women live in relative luxury, funded by deceased husbands. In an era of civil rights turmoil and a nascent feminist movement, it seems to me these issues might have been touched upon.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book and recommend it.
CeeCee is sent to live with her great aunt Tootie in Savannah, Georgia. There, CeeCee finds the family she has always wanted between Aunt Tootie, Oleta (Aunt Tootie's housekeeper), and eventually Mrs. Odell (who was her neighbor in Ohio).
Of course, this book has a few laugh out loud moments but they are brief. Over all, I never found a plot in this story. I just seemed to be a 12 year old finding her way. I kept reading waiting for the ah ha moment that never came.
Until, one day, it does. A tragedy brings CeeCee's great-aunt Tootie into her life, as Tootie invites CeeCee to live with her in Savannah. At first, CeeCee is apprehensive. Georgia is a different world from Ohio, and as awful as her life was, at least it was familiar.
But before long, CeeCee finds love and support from Aunt Tootie, Tootie's housekeeper Oletta and a wide array of neighbors and friends. With their help, she can finally start learning how to heal and look toward the future instead of the past.
Hoffman creates realistic and unforgettable characters, set against the 1960s South.