Saving Ceecee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, 320 pages.
Twelve year old Ceecee lives in Ohio carring for her psychotic ex-pageant queen mother. She is managing (just barely) with the help of her elderly friend and neighbor Mrs. Odell, until her Great-Aunt Tootie comes on the scene and whisks her off to Savannah where a new life awaits.
Forgive me, but I'm afraid there will be much gushing about Saving Ceecee Honeycutt in the following review. It is no secret I'm a fan of good southern fiction and this hits all the right notes in that regard. Ceecee is easy to love, in spite of her circumstances she retains her innocence,and although fragile, still curious and smart. Beth Hoffman gives us plenty of eccentric and spunky Southern women to surround Ceecee with equal parts wisdom and humor. Despite the setting of 1960s Savannah, the female characters exhibit strength and independence beyond time and place. This story isn't all sunshine and happiness but Hoffman is able to handle even deeper issues of racism, abuse, mental illness with grace. Friendship, forgiveness, and redemption are hallmarks of this genre and can be found in abundance in Saving Ceecee Honeycutt - you would do well to seek out a copy and soak in this lovely story.
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Thanks to Allie from Inkwell Management for providing the books and the opportunity to participate in the blog tour. Here are the other stops:
5/17 & 5/18 – Devourer of Books
5/19 & 5/20 – Diary of an Eccentric
5/21 – Savvy Verse & Wit
5/22 – Medieval Bookworm
5/23 – lit*chick
5/24 – A Novel Menagerie
5/25 – The Tome Traveller’s Weblog
5/26 – Peeking Between the Pages
5/27 – Steph Su Reads
5/28 – Galleysmith
Also check out the author's site: http://bethhoffman.net