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Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman is the story of a twelve year old girl who has been taking care of her mentally ill mother in Ohio for years. CeeCee has far too many responsibilities for a twelve year old. Her father is basically absent and CeeCee is left to take care of of her very sick mother. When tragedy strikes, CeeCee is sent to Savannah, Georgia to live with her great Aunt Tootsie. This book tells the story of her first summer in Savannah and the bonds she creates with the new women in her life.
Upon her arrival in Savannah, CeeCee is swept off her feet by her Aunt Tootsie. CeeCee begins to have the childhood she was deprived of in Ohio. She grows very close to Oletta, her aunts housekeeper, and develops great relationships with her Aunt Tootsie and their neighbors as well. With these strong women relationships in her life, CeeCee is able to overcome her grief and tragic life back in Ohio and start a new life in Savannah.
This is an uplifting, feel good story about a young girl and the new life she makes for herself in the South. If you like southern fiction, this is must read. I highly recommend listening to this audiobook as well. Read by the same reader of The Help. Listening to this audio will make you laugh out loud and at times, cry out of pity for this young girl.
If you are looking for a quick and satisfying read this summer, I would highly recommend this debut novel by Beth Hoffman. A great mix of both The Secret Life of Bees and The Help. I only hope there are many more to come from this author.