Monday, November 29, 2010
Saving Ceecee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
This is about twelve year-old Cecelia Rose Honeycutt's recovery from a childhood with her crazy mother, Camille, and cantankerous father, Carl, in 1960s Willoughby, Ohio. After former Southern beauty queen Camille is struck and killed by an ice cream truck, Carl hands over Cecelia to her Great-Aunt Tootie. Whisked off to a life of privilege in Savannah, Ga., Cecelia makes fast friends with Tootie's cook, Oletta, and gets to know the eccentric women who flit in and out of Tootie's house, among them racist town gossip Violene Hobbs and worldly, duplicitous Thelma Rae Goodpepper.
Aunt Tootie is the epitome of goodness, and Oletta is a sage black woman. Cecelia takes it all in and you are glad after her upbringing with her crazy mother that she has landed in Aunt Tootie's life to see normalcy and good things. This is a sweet novel that is very light but still an extremely enjoyable read.
Rating: 3.9 Good