Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Recap - Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Follow-up - I originally reviewed Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Beth Hoffman's debut novel, for the October 1, 2009 issue of Library Journal, although the book wasn't released until January 2010.  In January, I snagged Beth for a blog interview, and that appeared here on Jan. 4.  Sam's Club launched its book club with this book, and the book went on to become a New York Times bestseller.  And, in June, I was lucky enough to meet Beth, and host her for Authors @ The Teague.  If you missed Saving CeeCee Honeycutt when it was published, it's now out in paperback, perfect for giving as a gift, gifting yourself, or using for a book club. ($15 list price for paperback.)

My review is reprinted here, with permission.

Hoffman, Beth. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. Pamela Dorman Bks: Viking. Jan. 2010. c.320p. ISBN  9780670021390. $25.95. F

In Hoffman's charming debut, Cecelia Rose (CeeCee) Honeycutt tells the story of her tragic life and the strong women who stepped in to save her. At age 12, CeeCee realizes her mother, flouncing around Willoughby, OH, in prom dresses and matching shoes, is crazy and the town's laughingstock. Her father is never home, and nothing is going to change so CeeCee buries herself in books as an escape. But her true liberation comes after her mother's tragic death when great-aunt Tootie sweeps CeeCee off to Savannah. There, a group of powerful, independent women offer the young girl love, laughter, and a new chance at life. Readers who enjoy strong female characters will appreciate CeeCee, a survivor despite her heartbreaking childhood, and Aunt Tootie and her friends, all of them steel magnolias. VERDICT Exemplifying Southern storytelling at its best, this coming-of-age novel is sure to be a hit with the book clubs that adopted Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees. Interestingly enough, both novels share the same editor. [Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/09.]—Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ

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Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I love this book and have bought several as gifts! :) Thanks for introducing us to Beth, Lesa!

Lesa said...

I couldn't have introduced you to a nicer author, Elizabeth, a nicer book, or more lovable characters. I hope everyone who enjoys strong female characters and a Southern setting get to meet CeeCee, Oletta, and all the women in CeeCee's life.

Ingrid King said...

This was one of my favorite books of the year.

Lesa said...

Pretty special, wasn't it, Ingrid? And, that's why I did my own list of favorite books. It might not make some lists of the Best of the year, but my blog readers and I agree on this one - one of the best of the year, a favorite of the heart.

Dizzy C said...

I too got very excited about this fab book and agree it is one of the best of the year.


Inside A Book said...

Thanks for sharing this delightful book with us last year. I rushed out and read it at in January and still count it as one of the best of the year. I convinced my Book Group to read it and have given it this year as gifts! Good luck to Beth. She must feel as proud as a peacock as her little book continues to shine.

Enjoy your holiday. Creating new memories may take some renewed work and effort, I'm doing the same this season, but you are still in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you and the kitties good wishes and hugs!

Hang in there!

Beth Hoffman said...

Y'all have been so kind, thank you for your generous words.

Lesa, you and I have sure made some incredible memories, haven't we? And to think that it began with a simple Thank You note!

Lesa, you have supported me and CeeCee from day one -- I'm truly blessed!

Lesa said...


I'm glad you enjoyed CeeCee as much as I did. It's a pretty special book.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Inside a Book. You're right. I'll be making an effort this year. Thank you for your kind wishes, and I wish the same for you. I hope you're able to make new memories for the holidays.

And, I love it that you're still sharing CeeCee with people!

Lesa said...


I know the feeling is mutual. We are blessed in the friendship that developed from that first thank you note.

Thank you for that friendship.