I loved this book!!! Saving CeeCee Honeycutt was one of those books that grabbed me the moment I began to read. I read 200 pages in one sitting. I wanted to join CeeCee and her collection of charming Southern women in Savannah. I never wanted to reach the end of this gem. I do hope that Beth Hoffman decides to write a sequel and give the reader more, more and more of CeeCee, Oletta, Aunt Tootie and Mrs. Odell. I simply LOVED THIS BOOK!!
1962. Cecilia Rose Honeycutt begins her life in Ohio with a mentally ill mother and an absent, travelling father who is unwilling to accept responsibilities for his family. CeeCee watches in horror as her mother, dressed in red shoes and pageant dresses and a green 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen sash on a daily basis, slips further and further into darkness and unreality. CeeCee's mother lives for the past and her youthful days in Savannah, Georgia. CeeCee longs for a normal life and her only friends are books and an elderly neighbor named Gertrude Odell. All of this abruptly changes over night after a tragedy occurs. Cecilia Rose Honeycutt's life is about to completely change forever when a stranger drives into her life in the form of great Aunt Tootie. CeeCee must leave her home, books and beloved Mrs. Odell behind as her aunt takes her to live with her in Georgia. CeeCee will discover the world her mother longed to return to. She will also find things she never had or knew existed. Happiness, friends, love and acceptance are just a few of the many things that await CeeCee in Savannah. But she wonders if her mother's illness is something that will possess her, too.