Saturday, February 27, 2010

Show Me 5 Saturday: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Alipet at That's a novel idea started a new MEME called Show Me Five Saturday. Unfortunately, our host has been missing in action but Jenners puts up a Mr. Linky if you would like to play along. This meme will give each blogger an opportunity to give a brief description of a book they have read or reviewed during the week. It will work like this: Each Saturday you will post the answer to these questions.

  1. Title of the book you read: Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman.
  2. Words that describe the book: Southern fiction
  3. Location or characters you met:
  • Aunt Tootie: CeeCee's great aunt Tallulah who rescues CeeCee from a neglectful father after the death of her psychotic mother. Aunt Tootie travels to Ohio to pick up CeeCee and take her back to Savannah to live with her permanently.
  • Oletta: Aunt Tootie's faithful, long time housekeeper/cook who comes to love and care for CeeCee very much. She has a wealth of homespun wisdom which she shares with CeeCee when she needs it the most.
  • CeeCee Honeycutt: 12 year old emotionally starved girl who goes to live with her great aunt Tootie in Savannah, Georgia. Under Aunt Tootie and Oletta's care and the influence of the next door neighbor Thelma Goodpepper, CeeCee not only blossoms but she manages to indulge in some hilarious capers.

4. Things you liked/disliked about the book:

  • I loved the simpler, slower way of life in Savannah back in 1967. Makes me nostalgic for those years. *sigh*
  • Absolutely adored the two next door neighbors as characters: Thelma Rae; a bit of a free spirit who likes bathing under the stars in her backyard tub and who detests the mean neighbor, Violene, who lives on the other side of Aunt Tootie.
  • I really enjoyed the humorous incidents in the book, especially when Aunt Tootie gave CeeCee an instamatic camera and when Violene and Thelma had it out once and for all at the garden party. Laugh out loud moments!
  • I would have liked to have seen CeeCee's new friendship with Dixie actually developed and not just mentioned.

5. Stars for your rating: 4 **** stars as I did enjoy the book for a debut novel. If you read this one and liked it, you might try Toni Teepell's A Truth Worth Tellin'.

Disclosure: this book is from my personal library.


  1. CeeCee was such a good story - I loved the neighbors as well : )

  2. I won an autographed copy of this one and I loved your Show Me 5 thoughts...can't wait to experience this book for myself!

  3. I enjoy the Show Me 5 review format!

    I just received a copy of this book and am very anxious to read it - hopefully over spring break!

  4. I loved this book and actually met the author last week. She said she had no plans to write a sequel, but so many people have asked for one that she's considering it. Maybe CeeCee and Dixie's friendship will be expanded in that.

  5. CeeCee is certainly getting some glowing reviews and I look forward to reading it in the future.
    Great review and glad you enjoyed it.

  6. Wonderful review! I think we should require all Show Me 5 Saturday participants to review this book!! HAHA! I think I did mine about two weeks ago. : )

  7. So many people have loved this book. I really am anxious to read it!

  8. I like your description of this story.

  9. So glad you liked this one too! I haven't heard a bad review yet. I just got this from the library and I'm really looking forward to it.

  10. Very nice Kaye. I've added a link to my review pointing to yours. I hope that's ok.


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