Book Review: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

by Beth Hoffman

Narrated by Jenna Lamia

I listened to this book while traveling on the train to visit my mother. It was the perfect place to listen to this story. The soft rolling and swaying of the train matched the sweet southern accents of the characters. This is the story of one summer in the life of Cecelia Rose, also known as CeeCee. The story is both sad and sweet. There weren’t many people on the train so it was okay when I laughed out loud and had tears rolling down my face.

When the story opens this 12-year-old girl is living in Ohio with her mentally ill mother. Her father is a traveling salesman but he seems to be gone a lot, even on weekends. CeeCee is alone in caring for herself and her mother. She has no friends at school as everyone ridicules her for her mother’s strange behavior. CeeCee’s only friend is Mrs. Odell, the elderly widow who lives next door.

Everything changes for CeeCee when her mother is killed in an accident. Following the funeral her Great Aunt Tootie arrives and persuades CeeCee’s father to let CeeCee move to Savannah with her. Although CeeCee is reluctant at first, she agrees after learning Mrs. Odell is planning to move to Florida.

As CeeCee moves to Savannah and as the summer progresses we see CeeCee’s world open up. It’s like that Technicolor moment in the movie Wizard of Oz. The contrast between her black and white existence in Ohio and the lush richness of everything in Savannah is painted so beautifully. It felt as if CeeCee (and the reader/listener) were being both gathered lovingly into protective arms and a door being flung wide open to a rich new world of experiences.

CeeCee’s Aunt Tootie and her housekeeper, Oletta, were wise, loving, and supportive women. They introduced her to their own circle of friends. This was just what CeeCee needed. These strong women surrounded CeeCee and “saved her” from the isolated and negative life she had been living.

Along the way CeeCee had some fun experiences and a couple of exciting adventures. I liked her escapades of photographing her quirky neighbor’s bra in various places around town. And there was a fun trip to the beach with Oletta and her friends that turned serious. You have to read this book to see what I mean.

Seriously, do read this book. It’s Women’s Fiction at it’s best as it celebrates what’s really good about being female.

I borrowed this book from my local public library. It’s also available on Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)

I’d like to mention a new website for audiobook fans started by my friend Candice of Beth Fish Reads and her partner, Susan (Audiobook DJ). It’s called Audiobook Jukebox. It’s where you will find a great index of audiobook reviews. Their goal is to gather reviews of all the audiobooks reviewed online. In a visit to to this site you’ll find audiobooks by author, title and narrator.

I’m off right now to link up this review of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. I really enjoyed the narrator, Janna Lamia, so much that I’m going to look her up and see what other audiobooks she has done. This is a terrific service to those of us who enjoy audiobooks and want to listen to more. Check it out HERE and you’ll be coming back to their site often.

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14 Responses to Book Review: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

  1. kaye says:

    Glad you enjoyed the book so much! I had almost forgotten about the bra photography caper but you are right that was a hoot! Thanks for the review.

  2. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book! I’m glad to hear the narration is good – I have never listened to fiction on audio, so maybe this is a good place to start!

  3. Cerrin says:

    That sounds like a fun book to listen to. I am trying to find something I can listen to for the read-a-thon. Because that is comming up soon. lol
    Thanks for the link to the audio book thing I need a place where I can download some cheap or free too. after I find good ones.

  4. Elisabeth says:

    I read CeeCee a few months ago and loved it. It is one of the best reads I have had this year.

  5. Tami says:

    This is one of those books that lured me in with the cover, so I bought it for the library, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Your review moves it closer to the top of the TBR pile. Thanks for the great review.

  6. stacybuckeye says:

    So glad you loved this one too. I read it i January and it’s still one of my favorites for the year! And Beth is so sweet 🙂

  7. I loved this book, too and had completely forgotten about wonderful Mrs. Odell!

  8. Beth Hoffman says:

    Hi Margot,

    Thank you so much for reading my novel. I’m tickled that you enjoyed it and grateful for your kind words.

    Oletta is waving hello from the kitchen!

  9. Beth Hoffman says:

    I should have said for “listening” to my novel. LOL

  10. Staci says:

    I won this book signed by the author. I think that next year I will do my own challenges and one of those will be to read all of the books that I’ve won over the past year. I am really looking forward to this one as most everyone has really enjoyed it!

  11. Beth F says:

    Thanks so much for mentioning the site, Margot! Until we catch up with linking reviews, I’m slacking off a bit in my blog reading .. I’ll be back to commenting soon.

    I loved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt — I’m so glad you loved it too. The audio was terrific.

  12. AudiobookDJ says:

    I also want to thank you for mentioning Audiobook Jukebox and look forward to you linking your reviews on the site. As you enjoyed Jenna Lamia’s work in this book, you must go listen to The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd. Jenna does a stellar job with that book as well – it was one of three titles that turned me into an audiobook fan!

  13. Fascinating post…. and comments. This goes on my TBR List. I’ve never tried audio books, although my daughter listens to them often.

  14. Tina says:

    So glad you enjoyed this one. I have it in my audio queue, and have been on-again off-again about starting it. I think you just moved up to the top of the queue.

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