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I adore this style of writing, dripping with deep southern charm set in the summer of 1967 Savannah, Georgia What a sparkling gem of a debut for Hoffman I'm gonna have to compare this book a little because of the age of the main character to Secret Life of Bee's with a 12 year old girl named CeeCee living in Ohio, with her tender heart in shambles after the passing of her mentallyill mother and having an absent father with no parenting skills This event changes her life as she moves to live with her wise, little Aunt Tootie and her dearest friend and housekeeper Oletta Told with a beautiful and unique voice and vividly described setting, wonderful eccentric side characters and neighbors This is a lush story that squeezes your heart, so full of warmth, humor and charismatic characters so real, you just feel like could run over to sitandshare with them while sipping Iced sweet tea in Tootie's backyard basking in the aroma of Magnolia and Wisteria blossoms.You just can't help but adore Aunt Tootie, Oletta, Miz Goodpepper and Mrs Odell these generous, spunky, loveable characters that seem to know just what to do to heal CeeCee's tender broken heart and help her bloom simply by being themselves CeeCee adds to there lives as well to seal a strong circle of friendship.so touching I was crying, laughing and cheerfully embracing this story that feeds the soul and leaves an intoxicating, aromatic delight of great southern food and exotic flowers A must read for anyone who enjoys southern stories like Ya Ya's series, Steel Magnolia's or The Help. ”Momma left her red satin shoes in the middle of the road That’s what three eyewitnesses told the police The first time I remember my mother wearing red shoes was on a snowy morning in December 1962, the year I was seven years old I walked into the kitchen and found her sitting at the table No lights were on, but in the thin haze of dawn that pushed through the frostbitten window, I could see red highheeled shoes peeking out from beneath the hem of her robe There was no breakfast waiting, and no freshly ironed school dress hanging on the basement doorknob Momma just sat and stared out the window with empty eyes, her hands limp in her lap, her coffee cold and untouched.”Cecelia Honeycutt, a young girl with a physically absentee father, at least most of the time, and a mother whose moods swayed from highs to lows, psychotic, until one day when CeeCee is twelve and her mother dies a tragic death Her father has at least enough sense to find a relative to take care of her, and he arranges for CeeCee to live with her greataunt Tallulah, who prefers to be referred to as Aunt Tootie ”As he pulled away from the curb, a light breeze blew the paper from the box It spun end over end and swirled into the street I left it there and watched my dad’s car disappear “It was a familiar sight.”Gradually, CeeCee accepts her new life in Savannah, and begins to get a glimpse of the South her mother had always shared her love of, the climate, their appreciation of the gracious way of living ”I loved this time of night, how everything softened and lost the hard edges of day, and how, if the wind moved just right, the live oaks would murmur tender green words across the shadowy lawn Sitting with a book in the warm circle of light from the table lamp had become my favorite way to end the day.””Don’t go wastin’ all them bright tomorrows you ain’t even seen by hangin’ on to what happened yesterday Let go, child Just breathe out and let go.”Filled with a charmingly eclectic cast of characters, this was a sweetly tender story of a young girl whose life brings her to a place where she can face her darkest fears and, hopefully, conquer them. I cried real tears at parts of this lovely story of young CeeCee Honeycutt, a little girl who suffers unimaginable loss at the hands of a mentally ill mother and unsympathetic father But like the spider webtrapped hummingbird rescued in Chapt 27 by pulling the stickiest strings free of the bird's delicate wings, a community of concerned women carries out a similar attempt for CeeCee In both cases, a wounded creature is allowed to enjoy the life it should I loved this book that climbs from frustrating despair to capturing a real glow in life restored. I'm probably the only person in the U.S of A who didn't like this book I just don't get what everyone sees in it It was so sugary sweet I thought it was going to put me in a diabetic coma And the characters were such steriotypes Like the wise Oletta who says Child, child, you've got a whole lot of healin' to do But the Good Lord sent you to the right place Ain't nobody walkin' this green earth got a bigger heart than Miz Tootie Argh!! The author was constantly barraging the reader with forced, awkward sounding metaphors I was nestled deep in the feather bed like a baby bird in a nest A string of creampuff clouds seemed to bump into the treetops I noticed an adventuresome earthwormit lay there sizzled up like a forgotten sausage on a grill I haven't seen so many bad metaphors since Creative Writing 101 I expected a lot from this book because of all the rave reviews, but I was really disappointed. ( DOWNLOAD EPUB ) ☩ Saving CeeCee Honeycutt ♏ Twelveyearold CeeCee is in trouble For years she’s been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille— the crownwearing, lipsticksmeared laughingstock of an entire town Though it’sand they live in Ohio, Camille believes it’sand she’s just been crowned the Vidalia Onion Queen of GeorgiaThe day CeeCee discovers Camille in the front yard wearing a tattered prom dress and tiara as she blows kisses to passing motorists, she knows her mother has completely flipped When tragedy strikes, Tootie Caldwell, a previously unknown greataunt comes to CeeCee’s rescue and whisks her away to Savannah Within hours of her arrival, CeeCee is catapulted into a perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricities—a world that appears to be run entirely by womenWhile Tootie is busy saving Savannah’s endangered historic homes from the wrecking ball, CeeCee encounters a cast of unforgettable, eccentric characters From the mysterious Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in an outdoor tub under the watchful eyes of a voyeuristic peacock, to Oletta Jones, the allknowing household cook, to Violene Hobbs, the loudmouthed widow who entertains a local police officer in her yellow seethrough peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summerBut CeeCee’s view of the world is challenged in ways she could have never imagined: there are secrets to keep, injustices to face, and loyalties to uphold Just as she begins to find her ballast and experiences a sense of belonging, her newfound joy collides with the longheld fear that her mother’s legacy has left her destined for destructionLaughoutloud funny, at times heartbreaking, and written in a pitchperfect voice, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a spirited Southern tale that explores the intricate frailties and strengths of female relationships while illuminating the journey of a young girl who loses her mother but finds many others This book was a total escape for me I got lost in the world of precocious, 12year old Cecelia Honeycutt who experienced growing up in a depressing Ohio home, with an absentee father and a psychotic mother that dies tragically.Hope finally appears with a flare, upon the arrival of her unknown, greataunt Tallulah Caldwell Aunt Tootie drives CeeCee off to Savanna, Georgia, and a bright new life begins The book flowed with Southern charm, unforgettable characters, and everyday adventures filled with wisdom and love.Here's an excerpt that I related to:I loved this time of night, how everything softened and lost the hard edges of day, and how, if the wind moved just right, the live oaks would murmur tender green words across the shadowy lawn Sitting with a book in the warm circle of light from the table lamp had become my favorite way to end the day.I also read at night I lost a lot of sleep over this book, because I had a difficult time putting it down I wanted it to go on forever A book very reminiscent of The secret life of Bees, Midnight in the garden of Good and Evil and a book that at times is so predictable it feels like it has copied the dozens of other books that involve southern charm, race relations, mother daughter relations and young women who rise above disadvantage and ultimately triumph At times the book would take a turn and I would think but hasn't this plot line been in so many other books? Even the names of the characters are so predictable of a southern novel That said, I read the book in two daysit captivated me The characters were strong and story line engaging but what did it for me was the imagery This book was an indulgent sensual bath at times leaving me raw and sad and then at others being full of comfort, love and goodness It's a mentally visual feast full of splendid gardens, old homes, lovely architecture, a first visit to the sea, peacocks, hummingbirds and a host of crazy, colorful, indomitable southern women who know how to cook up some comfort food and tell tall tales I was not surprised that the author was previously the head of a successful interior design firm And for someone like me, who loves the aura of old houses and splendor of gardens this book just engaged my senses Just when it verged on being trite one of the characters would offer pearls of wisdom or insight that were so beautifully stated I would be knocked down And the underlying storyline about grief and overcoming it is something I understand and am interested in A very satisfying read. I wanted to give this book 2 stars, but that felt a little unfair There’s nothing wrong with the book per se, but it definitely didn’t live up to my expectations The story is about CeeCee, a young girl from Ohio whose mother just died CeeCee goes to live with an aunt in Savannah, Georgia where she meets several eccentric Southern ladies The story itself was fine, but I didn’t find a lot of substance there The characters were all interesting enough, but pretty onedimensional, and the storyline was a little too good to be true I also felt like CeeCees ‘voice’ wasn’t that authentic She came across as way too mature for a 12 year old girl I just couldn’t see a lot of her thoughts and words coming from a girl that age This book is good if you need a quick, ‘pickmeup’ kind of book, but it’s not the kind of book I felt the need to rush out and recommend to all my friends after reading it. Beth Hoffman wrote an incredible first novel This book to my breath away and I could not put it down Cee Cee Honeycomb is growing up with a very troubled mother and a father that ignores his entire family.Cee Cee is on an emotional roller coaster She does SURVIVE.This book is full of Southern charm and I coould just see myself sitting with her on the porch and the beautiful gardens of Savannah.Cee Cee meets and is taken care of by some wonderful people that I would love to call my friends.I cried in this book many times and could imagine being a part of Cee Cee's life back in the 1950's Think big Pink Convertible with the top down of course.If you loved THE HELP and SECRET LIFE OF BEE'S you must read this wonderful story of love, friendship and beauty I will be taking a trip to Savannah this summer to see those beautiful flowers For some reason I was little hesitant to pick this book up It's definitely not a book I would normally read, but it was one of my group's BOtM so I gave it a try Despite my initial reluctance to try it, once I started reading I couldn't put it down.CeeCee Honeycutt is a little girl who grew up in a house that was anything but normal Her mother was constantly going through different moods, she had no friends to speak of, and her father was consistently leaving to go on business trips When CeeCee's mom dies, her world gets turned upside and she is sent to live with family in Savannah Georgia There she meets an unbelievable cast of characters that help her discover what life is really about.Each character in this book was unique and entertaining They each had a different story to tell, and a different lesson to teach CeeCee At the base level this book is about just about a girl who is trying to keep her life from falling apart, but as you dig deeper there are so many different stories that a person can relate to Threads of racism, prejudice, philosophy of karma, friendship etc It was a short, quick book that was filled with life lessons and wrapped in a heartwarming package.I loved it!