Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Book #2 - Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Beth Hoffman

Blurb: Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell. In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah's perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie's all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer. (From Goodreads)

Opening Sentence:"Momma left her red satin shoes in the middle of the road."

Length: Medium - 320 pages

Notes:  I loved this book!  Kind of like "Steel Magnolias" meets "The Help" meets "The Secret Life of Bees".  It was charming and touching and made me want to move to the south and live in a historic house and become a "proper" southern belle.  And it had so many quote-worthy moments (as shown below - I couldn't pick just one quote!!)  I loved that each character was so different, yet they all went together so perfectly.  A definite recommend!

Random quote(s) :  "You can't run around town tryin' to get even with every person who done you wrong.  Ain't enough hours in the day to do that.  Besides, two wrongs don't make a right.  Understand?"

"It's what we belive about ourselves that determines how others see us."

"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."

"It's how we survive the hurts in life that brings us strength and gives us our beauty."

Recommend: yes

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