Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel by Beth Hoffman


Saving CeeCee HoneycuttReviewed by Allen Hott

A different read for someone who normally reads mysteries, thrillers, and historical novels. Although not quite sure what to expect, I began reading Saving CeeCee Honeycutt much like I would begin watching a “chick-flick”.

I was pleasantly surprised as there was a story and it really moved along well. It is the kind of story that causes the reader to reflect and see just how life moves along. Life doesn’t always go in the direction that we might like for it to go but it matters not. Our job is to follow in that direction and not only make the most of it but enjoy every minute of it. Sure we have some control but much of what happens to us happens because of exterior conditions not necessarily the ones we have control of.

Cecelia (known as Cee-Cee) rose Honeycutt did not have a happy life in the years leading up to her twelfth year. Her father drank and lived on the road as a traveling salesman most of the time. Her mother had mental problems, which Cee-Cee never really understood. All she knew was that her father and mother weren’t getting along well and her mother was getting progressively worse. Her mother’s actions included parading around the streets of their small town in faux-fancy clothes wearing a tiara and a banner saying 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. Needless to say the other kids tormented Cee-Cee quite often and heartlessly about her mother.

But suddenly one day while out prancing around Cee-Cee’s mother is hit by an automobile and killed. Cee-Cee’s world is completely torn apart. As much as she resented her mother’s actions she still loved her and knew she could not live with her father. He thought much the same thing and thus managed to have a great aunt from Savannah come to Ohio to get Cee-Cee and take care of her.

Aunt Tootie was a fairly affluent southern lady who lived in a fantastic southern mansion by herself. She had a maid (Oletta) who was more of a sister or daughter than a maid. The two had been together back before Aunt Tootie’s husband died and they were very close.

Cee-Cee is completely in awe of Aunt Tootie and the house. But she is totally accepted by both Aunt Tootie and Oletta. They welcome her with open arms. Aunt Tootie buys her all new clothes (southern style and not like she wore in Ohio). Since it is summer Cee-Cee is given the opportunity to explore Savannah and its southern beauty and hospitality without worrying about going to school.

However as in any good tale there are several events that cast dark shadows on the new life that this young girl has been thrust into. How she handles these challenges and how she responds to her lingering internal grief make for a great read.

Somewhat similar to The Help but with distinct differences, Hoffman has put together a story that can be enjoyed by all readers, female or male!

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