Everyone calls Cecilia Rose Honeycutt, CeeCee. She is a sad little girl living in Ohio with her mentally unstable mother and a father who would rather be anywhere but home with his family. She is left alone to deal with her mom's illness. As her mother loses grip on reality, CeeCee struggles to stay sane as her mom wanders the streets in prom dresses, red high heels, and tiaras. CeeCee's only comfort lies in the books she reads and her elderly neighbor Mrs. Odell. When a horrible tragedy strikes, CeeCee is forced to move to Savannah, Georgia to live with an aunt she never even knew existed. There she meets a group of women that will change her life.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is full of southern hospitality. From the big houses to the magnolia trees, you can almost see Savannah as you read this book. The setting and the mood are done so well, and it's full of lovable characters. CeeCee is such a broken little girl, but at her core she's sweet and wants to be loved so badly.
Like birds coming to roost in a favorite tree, we filed down the hallway and into the kitchen, settling comfortably in our places. It was a moment so perfect I wished I could stop time. I thought about how we all had Life Books--Mrs. Odell, Aunt Tootie, Oletta and me--and how someone, somewhere, had seen fit to write our names on one another's pages.--CeeCee from Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
I really enjoyed this book! It's hard to believe that this is Kentucky author, Beth Hoffman's first novel. She did an awesome job. The way each character speaks, the things they eat, the clothes they wear, even the weather--it all just seems authentic. I would definitely recommend this book, especially to those who enjoy southern fiction.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is the last book I read for Southern Fiction in September as part of The Cupcakes Wars Reading Challenge hosted by Brenda at Curling Up With A Good Book.