Reminiscent of The Secret Life of Bees, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is the story of a young girl who finds love and family in the Deep South.
Camille, CeeCee’s mother and 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen, hates living in Ohio. She misses Georgia and all things Southern. Carl Honeycutt, CeeCee’s father, is a machine-tool salesman who spends weeks on the road. At the age of seven, CeeCee begins to realize that her mother is “not all there”. As her mother’s mental health declines, CeeCee’s father spends more and more time on the road, leaving CeeCee to deal with her mother’s crazy and unpredictable behavior. After a terrible accident takes her mother’s life, CeeCee’s father allows a long-absent great-aunt to take twelve year old CeeCee to her home in Savannah, Georgia for the summer.
Tootie Caldwell lives in a beautiful old southern home painted the color of lemonade. CeeCee’s bedroom is on the third floor—a sleeping porch—with floor to ceiling screens in place of windows, and a wooden floor painted robin’s-egg blue and the ceiling pale yellow. CeeCee meets Oletta Jones, Aunt Tootie’s cook and housekeeper, and Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, Aunt Tootie’s wild and eccentric neighbor. These women all become CeeCee Honeycutt’s saving grace; as love, patience, wisdom and adventure begin to heal CeeCee’s heart and soul and transform a frightened and sheltered young girl into a brave, confident young lady.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a glorious read! Author, Beth Hoffman weaves a tale full of love and heartache, beauty and dreadfulness, ruin and salvation. The story takes place in 1967, a tumultuous time in the south. Readers are taken on a sensory-filled tour of Savannah, with all its complexities, traditions, and colorful characters. Best suited for readers aged 11+ due to mature content and occasional curse words, always from the mouths of adults.