Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman – Book Review

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

CeeCee Honeycutt’s life in Georgia is tough. Her father is technically in the picture, but travels so much he might as well not be and her mother, well, is a little crazy. CeeCee’s mother Camille is obsessed with her life back in Savannah and her illustrious past as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. One day when Camille runs out of the house in what basically amounts to a prom dress, she does not return. With Camille’s passing, CeeCee’s father no longer feels that he can (or wants to, really) take care of her. Luckily, CeeCee’s Great Aunt Tootie comes to the rescue and whisks CeeCee off to Savannah to live with her.

Sweetest. Book. Ever.


So last Tuesday, I was having a terrible, terrible day. Nothing earth-shatteringly bad, don’t worry, but just a whole mess of annoying things, like only getting 3 hours of sleep and having to entertain a baby for 90 minutes while the REALLY flat tire on our car got fixed when we couldn’t just walk because it was pouring rain. So yah, not good.

But then, when we came home and Daniel went to sleep and I laid down on the couch and picked up “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.”

It isn’t every book that can turn your day around, but “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” did exactly that for me. It is a light read, but not insubstantial; sweet, without being saccharine. Hoffman has skill as a writer and CeeCee is a very engaging character. Not only is it a great book, it was the perfect book for me the day I read it.

I’m so happy that I had CeeCee to spend time with when I was having a bad day. Pick it up and hold onto it for the next time you need a pick me up.

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14 comments to Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman – Book Review

  • This review is sweet too! I can almost picture your sad day getting better with a wonderful book. I might have to get it as a back-up plan for a bad day…THANKS!

  • I so agree. CeeCee is just a wonderful character. I love books that can change your day like this one.

  • I’m glad you enjoyed CeeCee. It was a tad on the sickly sweet side for me but I was still able to enjoy it.

  • Oh yes, I can definitely see how CeeCee could turn your day around. I’m so glad you picked it up at just right moment.

  • First of all, I’m sorry you had such a rotten day – but I’m glad you had just the right book around.

    I loved this review! At 90 pages in myself, I can see clearly how it would make you feel better. I was at first worried that this novel would turn into another gut-wrenching (sp?) Tomato Girl (which I didn’t really end up liking either – especially in retrospect), so I was kind of happy when Camile died. I know that’s sad to say, but I couldn’t handle another novel full of time spent alone with a crazy Southern mother. I’m just getting to the other female characters in Savannah and can’t wait to get back to it tonight.

  • I’ve got this book on my shelf, and just need to find time to read it. Or maybe I need to pick it up on a rotten day. My daughter and mom both read this and they gushed over it. I felt the same way when I read The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart. Like a comfy sweater on a cold day. Or in my case, a tall glass of lemonade on a hot day.

  • I just read this book last weekend and liked it too! It’s quite a sweet book!

  • I loved this book, too! As much as I loved CeeCee, I think I loved Oletta even more.

  • I love that the perfect book came to you just when you needed it and am so glad it turned your day around. I loved Ms. Goodpepper in this book – thought she added the perfect amount of spice to the sweetness. It helps that Beth Hoffman may be one of the nicest authors too – her generous tweets (@wordrunner) always make me smile.

  • I love when the book and your mood match up perfectly. I can’t wait to read this one!

  • Pam

    I have this I really need to find the time to read it. Haven’t seen a bad review yet.

  • I’m glad to hear such good things! Time to pick this up.

  • I love that books can do this. :)

  • This has been one of my favorite reads so far this year.