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Book Review: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beff Hoffman


Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beff Hoffman

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a coming-of-age story peopled with extraordinary female characters. Set in the deep south of America you will find yourself reading this fine novel with a slow Southern accent, but that only adds to the book’s charm.

A little reminiscent of The Secret Life of Bees or Steel Magnolias, but certainly its own original book, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt follows the story of twelve year old CeeCee whose attractive but crazy mother Camille Sugarbaker Honeycutt suddenly dies after years of outrageous behaviour, with her daughter acting more like parent than child through her formative years. Life looks dire for CeeCee until her Great Aunt Tootie turns up and whisks her away to Savannah. There CeeCee meets all of Aunt Tootie’s eccentric friends, and despite, or perhaps because of their warm friendships, CeeCee learns what it is to be part of a stable and caring environment for the first time. But then a darker side of the Southern paradise shows its ugly head and Aunt Tootie and her friends must come to CeeCee’s Aid. This is a warm and wonderful novel, touching and wise but also filled with humour. A Southern gem!

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