Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
By: Beth Hoffman
Novel set in the late 60′s
One word comes to mind when describing this book — Delightful!
The story begins with CeeCee’s early years in Ohio, raising herself while trying to care for a psychotic mother who traipses around town in one prom dress after another from Goodwill. In her mother’s mind, these are the glory days of a pageant queen’s life in Savannah. To 12 year old CeeCee, it’s an embarrassment and living the fear of how to hold their lives together (while her father absents himself from the problem by taking a job that requires long stretches of time away).
When an event happens that turns Cee Cee’s world upside down, she goes to live with her Great Aunt in Savannah. How several wonderful, eccentric, practical and gracious women turn CeeCee’s life around; and help her to heal her past wounds; is like getting a wonderfully warm hug from a good friend. I’ve read a few reviews that noted there was not enough narrative tension, or that her life in Savannah was a little too easy, but is it really such a bad thing to have a book filled with love and good future possibilities? If the last book you read was a bit depressing and you need a lift, this book is the way to go. The only sadness I’m left with is that the book is over!