Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Title: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Author: Beth Hoffman
ISBN: 978-0670021390
Publisher: Viking-Penguin/2010
Pages: 320 pages

In the midst of all the difficult reads, I found Saving CeeCee Honeycutt very refreshing.

CeeCee has a mother, who lives in her own world, and a father, who has no time for either of them. Instead of her mother looking after her, it is CeeCee who is taking care of her. Then one day, her mother is hit by a car and is dead. CeeCee is 12 years old and nowhere to go. Tootie Caldwell, an unknown great-aunt turns up, to take her away, her father is only too eager to let her go.

When both arrive in Savannah, CeeCee finds herself in the midst of love from so many women that she is kind of overwhelmed by it. Slowly she emerges from her haze of sadness and takes in all the love and affection and returning it in great measure.

The novel does start with CeeCee's troubled life. We feel for her and wish the best for her. Our wish comes true in the form of Tootie, who genuinely wants the best for the girl. Even in the sad moments, the novel is not depressing. It tackles the issues with wit, sometimes hilariously and the affection of large-hearted women. We also get to see a few eccentric characters who help in enhancing the novel.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

What an excellent review. I loved little Cee Cee. Such a sweet story. GREAT REVIEW, SO GLAD U LIKED IT!

Unknown said...

Glad you liked it! It is refreshing, isn't it. I hope the author comes out with another book soon.

bermudaonion said...

Oh, how I loved this book for it's strong female characters and the wonderful Savannah setting.

Deepali said...

Wow, very moving review.
How amazing that you followed it up with an interview with the author - congrats!

Serena said...

this was such an enchanting novel. I really loved CeeCee and Oletta was a doll.

I'm glad you enjoyed this one.

Anna said...

Sounds like you loved this one as much as I did. Hoffman's characters are brilliantly crafted and the humor keeps it from getting too heavy.

Chrissie said...

Hi Gautami, thanks for taking part in Radiant Reviews :)

I've never read this book before but it is one that I've looked at a few times wondering if I should pick it up. It sounds like a beautiful book and I really enjoyed reading your review of it :)

stacybuckeye said...

Loved this one! Glad you did too :)