Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt
Penguin Press 2010
Cecelia Rose Honeycutt is twelve, way to young to be the caretaker for her mother, Camille. Cee Cee's mother has dropped over the edge of sanity in her attempt to find her place in life. She resorts to visions of beauty pageants, shopping sprees at Goodwill, heavy make-up, and fancy dresses. All this embarrasses Cee Cee. Her school mate laugh at her, the whole town whispers behind her back. Worst of all her father is gone, working, or philandering but just gone. He too is unable and unwilling to deal with a psychotic wife. When tragedy strikes, he has to do something.
Tallulah Caldwell, her previously unknown great-aunt agrees to take her to Savannah. Cee Cee is unsure, but intrigued with the vintage Packard convertible and the heady perfume of prosperity that she sees. Back in Savannah, Cee Cee finds a family of women who love her, Tootie Caldwell is a well-respected member of Savannah's Garden Club society and with her housekeeper, Oletta, take Cee Cee under their respective wings. There is the exotic neighbor Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who skinny dips in her outdoor bathtub and Violene Hobbs who entertains a police officer in her canary yellow negligee, Oletta's friends Chessie and Nadine who take her on a road trip to dip her toes in the ocean, they all keep her entertained and protected that summer.
Beth Hoffman writes a wonderful story of a little girl's transformation to young woman full of promise and life. This is a story with a cast of wise, generous and uniquely eccentric women who love and support each other. I give it 5 stars.
This is book #4 on my Readers' to the Rescue Library Challenge with a goal of +28.
Until next time,
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