Book Review: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman & GIVEAWAY

May 26th, 2010


Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman has been around the blogasphere for a while and many have raved about it and in my opinion, for good reason. I really, really enjoyed this step into the South for a while and into CeeCee’s life. For me, this novel was filled with interesting and quirky characters that managed to fill a place in my heart just when I needed it most.

CeeCee Honeycutt is twelve years old and up to this point has certainly not had an easy life. She’s grown up with a mentally ill mother and has unfortunately been left on her own the majority of the time to take care of her. Her father is a travelling salesman who took the job to mainly get away from home – how unfair to leave young CeeCee to try and make sense out of what was happening to her mother when there was really no way too.

CeeCee’s mother Camille lives in her past when she was young, beautiful and the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. She spends lots of money at the goodwill store buying up party dresses and shoes and then dresses up in them at home and to CeeCee’s horror goes out in public in them as well. Of course the town thinks that Camille is completely crazy as she gives them plenty of reason too and unfair as it is, this has rubbed off on CeeCee. She is laughed and snickered at and has never had a friend other than her old neighbor Mrs. Odell.

Then tragedy strikes and CeeCee has nobody. Her father certainly has no idea what to do with a young girl and fully realizes that he has been a horrible father to her. Soon enough, CeeCee’s great aunt Tootie shows up from Savannah to rescue her and take her home with her. CeeCee is introduced into a wonderful world she never thought possible with a beautiful home, wonderful clothes and most importantly, people who love her.

What a great story. From here CeeCee meets those quirky characters that I was talking about like Miz Goodpepper and Violene Hobbs – both these characters had me laughing out loud at times. Then there is Oletta Jones, the housekeeper/surrogate mother that I just loved. She just warmed my heart with how, in her own way, she helps CeeCee heal from all that has happened to her. My favorite characters were definitely CeeCee and Oletta – CeeCee for her resilience to make it even after all the horrors she’s seen and Oletta for being the kind of woman who knew what CeeCee needed and made sure to give it to her.

This is a beautifully written story that captured my heart. I really loved it and the only bad thing I could possibly say about it is that I wished it had been longer. I would have loved to spend more time in Savannah with everyone! There are many passages that I loved as Beth Hoffman most certainly has a way with words but I’ll just share a few of them…

  • ‘A cool breeze ruffled the hem of my nightgown, the birds began to chirp and sing, and the first sparks of sunlight brought the dew-drops to life.’ (page 44)
  • ‘I sat quietly and listened as their chatter lifted into the air, gilding all four corners of the kitchen. And as the sweet aroma of the fresh peaches mingled with the sound of their voices, I folded the memory into myself, feeling a peace I’d never known before.’ (page 272)

—Now that passage I like because it evoked memories of my own from back when I was younger and would lay in bed and listen to my Aunt Tally (now passed away) and my mom chattering at the kitchen table. I remember feeling so secure hearing their voices lull me to sleep.

My favorite quote is this one because it’s so true to life for all of us and it really hits home for me right now…

  • ‘It’s how we survive the hurts in life that brings us strength and gives us our beauty.’ (page 302)

I read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman for her book tour with Inkwell Management. You can buy your very own copy of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman here in the US and here in Canada. Be sure to visit Beth Hoffman’s website and blog as well!

My thanks…to Allie with Inkwell Management and Shannon with Penguin for my review copy of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Guess what? I have 3 copies of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman courtesy of Allie and Shannon (thank you!) up for grabs. To enter…

  • For 1 entry leave me a comment with an email address.
  • For 2 entries follow my blog. If you already do let me know so I can pass the extra entry on to you.
  • For 3 entries blog or tweet this giveaway.

This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will be drawing for the winners on Saturday, June 19, 2010. Good luck to all!

134 Comments to “Book Review: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman & GIVEAWAY”

  1. itsJUSTme says:

    Oh Yay! I have been trying to win this book, maybe this will be the one! Hope hope hope.

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    I am a follower

    I will post about it on Mon.

  2. Mary says:

    Great review, Dar. No need to enter me in the giveaway as I read it and really liked it.

  3. Mystica says:

    Please count me in for this giveaway. Wonderful review.

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  4. Kris says:

    Please enter me for this one…I've been wanting to read it for such a long time!

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    Already a follower

    Thanks for the great Giveaway!

  5. Arch says:

    Hi Darlene…

    I have been reading great reviews for this book by all the book bloggers… I would love to win this book.

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    Thanks
    Arch

  6. rbooth43 says:

    This one line causes me to want to read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. 'It's how we survive the hurts in life that brings us strength and gives us our beauty.'
    Thanks for the interview.

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  7. rbooth43 says:

    I will be following your blog from now on.

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  8. Linda says:

    I'm anxious to read this book. I love quirky characters, I enjoy southern fiction, and a good friend recently recommended this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    +2 I follow through Google Reader.

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  9. Beth says:

    This looks great! Please enter me!

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  10. Beth says:

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  11. Nancy says:

    I would love to read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt it sounds like an interesting read.

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  12. Marie says:

    No need to enter me. I just wanted to say that I loved this book and your review. Nicely done.

  13. Team JC says:

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  14. Zia says:

    I would love to win this.

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  15. Team JC says:

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  16. Marjorie says:

    This book is on my wish list and I would really like to win it.

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  17. traveler says:

    Thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. Zibilee says:

    I so want to read this book, so please do enter me in your giveaway!! I loved your review as well, and am glad that the book came at the right time for you!

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    I am also a follower of your blog!!

  19. Jo-Jo says:

    No need to enter me Dar, I just wanted to say that I enjoyed your review and also just LOVED this book. I will post the giveaway for you though.

  20. Karen B says:

    I have this on my wish list! thanks for the great review.

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  21. fredamans says:

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  24. skkorman says:

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  25. Anonymous says:

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  26. Little Tesoro says:

    I've been looking forward to reading this – would love a chance to enter your contest.

    I am also a blog follower.

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  27. Shannon says:

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  38. Colleen Turner says:

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  39. Colleen Turner says:

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  40. CarolNWong says:

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  41. CarolNWong says:

    I am a follower.

  42. wheresmyrain says:

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  44. Pamela Keener says:

    I'd love to win this book.
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  45. Just Mom says:

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  46. Just Mom says:

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  48. Ann Diana Dinh, says:

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  49. Staci says:

    I won a copy of this so please don't enter me. Loved your review and I must make time to read this one!

  50. misskallie2000 says:

    I have this book on my wish list. I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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  51. misskallie2000 says:

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  53. Rachel says:

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  55. Giveaway Roundup says:

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  60. Debbie F says:

    I have wanted this one so long! Pick me! Please! LOL!

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  61. Debbie F says:

    I'm a follower!

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  62. naida says:

    I've heard such good things about this book, great review Dar!
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  65. scottsgal says:

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  66. scottsgal says:

    I'm already a follower
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  67. Elisabeth says:

    New to the blog, am looking forward to reading Saving Cee Cee, it looks to be a perfect summer read. I am pretty new to blogs and find them so much fun to read.

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  68. Suko says:

    Lovely review! I enjoyed the quotes you chose. I'd love to read this book.

    I am a follower. :)

    I will post this in my blog's sidebar.

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  69. Margie says:

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  70. Margie says:

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  71. Alice Teh says:

    Another great review of a great book! I felt like I've read the book after reading so many reviews of it. Haha!

    No need to enter me for the giveaway as I'm not eligible…

  72. a real librarian says:

    I have heard so many great things about this book! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  73. a real librarian says:

    I also follow!!

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  74. Nan says:

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  75. Tina says:

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  76. Tina says:

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  77. Tina says:

    Your contest is posted on the giveaway sidebar of my blog Tutu's Two Cents

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  78. Literary Feline says:

    No need to enter me in the giveaway, Darlene. I have a copy that I am looking forward to reading. I am so glad you enjoyed this one. It sounds so good.

  79. Anonymous says:

    This book sounds so interesting.
    Please enter me….{hope I win}
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  80. Suzanne says:

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    * I am a "forever" follower! :-)

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  81. Lynne says:

    I've wanted this book forEVER! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  82. Lisa says:

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  83. Lisa says:

    I'm a follower.

  84. Judylynn says:

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  85. Judylynn says:

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  86. Debi says:

    Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you! I am a new follower thur Google Reader.

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  87. Between Library Shelves says:

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  88. Melanie says:

    I've heard lots of good things about this book. Enter me in the contest please.

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  89. Melanie says:

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  90. Serena says:

    No need to enter me in the giveaway. I just loved this book! It was such a great read!

  91. Misusedinnocence says:

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  92. Misusedinnocence says:

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  93. LAMusing says:

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  94. LAMusing says:

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  95. nfmgirl says:

    Hearing such great things about this book. Please count me in. Thank you!

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  96. Libby's Library says:

    Please enter me – thanks so much.
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  97. Karen says:

    This book sounds wonderful. I'm always in search of a new and interesting read!

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    * For 2 entries I followed your blog.

    * For 3 entries I tweeted this giveaway:

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  98. Sue says:

    I'd love to read this!! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  99. Renee says:

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  100. Renee says:

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  101. rubynreba says:

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  102. rubynreba says:

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  103. JHS. says:

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  104. Annie says:

    I've heard a lot of great comments about this book. Add my name to the drawing.

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  105. Margo Dill says:

    Hi, I just became a new follower and I am very interested in reading this book. Thanks for the great opportunity.

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  106. Alexandra says:

    Please count me in!!

    +2 I'm also a GFC follower.

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  107. Anonymous says:

    need some summer reading,please enter me & thx for the contest..
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  108. Debbie says:

    I have wanted to read this for the longest time!
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  109. Debbie says:

    I'm a follower.
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  110. Crystal says:

    I would love to win this one!

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  111. Michelle says:

    Would love to win and read this book.
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  112. Holly says:

    I would love to be entered in this contest!! Thanks for hosting!

    I am a follower through Google Reader.

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  113. Steve Capell says:

    I found your review to be intriguing and one that I think I would take pleasure in reading.

    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

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  114. Ally says:

    Really wanting to read this one. Please enter me.
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  115. Ally says:

    I'm a follower

  116. windycindy says:

    This book is set in the South and during an interesting time period!
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  117. windycindy says:

    I am a follower of your delightful book blog…
    Again, many thanks!
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  118. windycindy says:

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  119. Dawn M. says:

    Would love the chance to read this. Count me in, please! :0)

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  120. Barbara says:

    great review–I am a new follower

  121. MarionG says:

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  122. MarionG says:

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  123. Terry Mac says:

    I would love to win one of the 3 copies of this book. Thank you for offering them.

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  124. Terrymac says:

    I am a follower of your blog too.

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  125. Nancye says:

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  126. Nancye says:

    Follower

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  128. Nancye says:

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  132. k_sunshine1977 says:

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  133. Colleen Turner says:

    Did I miss the post of who won the giveaway?
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