This debut novel by Beth Hoffman is a winner. We are introduced to Cecelia, CeeCee Honeycutt, a young girl with a disturbing home life. She is really the keeper of her mother, her father off working on the road. In sweeps her here to fore unknown Great Aunt Tootie, and CeeCee is off on a new chapter of her Life Book in Savannah. She is surrounded by women, women who have grace and charm and oh my goodness quirks! Women who most of all love her.
I adored this book. I love books about the South, because I it’s where I was raised and where my roots are. It is also set in the 1960’s the decade of my childhood and one that I believe to be full of change and life in our country, and especially in the south. I felt as if Hoffman really tapped into what life for CeeCee was like. She understood the insecurities a young girl faces, and even more so in her particular life. In many parts I wanted to be like CeeCee, sometimes carefree and free, and at times insightful and learning, and yet with so much of her life ahead of her.
I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars, I really liked it.
If you’ve read The Help, this is a book that has many similarities beyond the Southern and 60’s themes.
Please read it, it won’t disappoint you.