Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

by Beth Hoffman

Debbie Weiss (10/05/11): I enjoyed reading "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt" more than I expected. It is a sweet story of a young girl who moves to Savannah after her mentally ill mother is killed. The love of the aunt and the aunt's black housekeeper help to heal CeeCee's emotional scars. The book differs from "The Help" in that most of the white people are shown as caring individuals and not disparaging to the help. How true to life this was for the 1960's I am unsure, as Gwendolyn mentioned in her review. In spite of some predictable outcomes and some stereotypical characters, I enjoyed the easy-reading book.

Rating: ****

Lynn Aldis: This book is The Secret Life of Bees meets The Help. It's the 1960's CeeCee lives in Willoughby, OH caring for her mother, Vidalia Onion Queen of 1951. Her mother is slowly going crazy and parades around town in her Onion Queen gown. When Cee Cee is 12 her mother gets killed by a Happy Cow ice cream truck. Her negligent father sends her to Savannah, Ga to live with her wealthy great aunt. There she finds love and friendship with her aunt's African American housekeeper, Oletta.

This is a book about women, mostly strong women who nurture each other. It's about loss, love and the special bond women have. I would definitely recommend this book!
Rating: ****

Gwendolyn Waring: What a wonderful summer read! As a Savannahian, I was surprised to learn that the story was set in my lovely city! This is a lovely story about the South in the mid to late sixties: eclectic women of Savannah, their relationship to the "help", and their love for an emotionally damaged little girl. I felt as if I was peeking over the shoulder of the author as she created a luscious peach cobbler one ingredient at a time and then invited you to taste a delicious piece in the end! I am not a native Savannahian and queried whether the relationship between the help and the white women is accurately depicted in 1967 Savannah, but the historical references help create the hope that such fictional relationships could have existed. As delicious as "the Secret Life of Bees" and "The Help." .
Rating: ****

Have you read this book, too?  Click here to submit your review.


 
 
Join Our Email List
Email:  
For Email Marketing you can trust

 

Send Out Cards

 

Constant Contact