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L CeeCee is catapulted into a perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricities a world that appears to be run entirely by womenWhile Tootie is busy saving Savannah’s endangered historic homes from the wrecking ball CeeCee encounters a cast of unforgettable eccentric characters From the mysterious Thelma Rae Goodpepper who bathes in an outdoor tub under the watchful eyes of a voyeuristic peacock to Oletta Jones the all knowing household cook to Violene Hobbs the loud mouthed widow who entertains a local police officer in her yellow see through peignoir the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire ”Momma left her red satin shoes in the middle of the road That’s what three eyewitnesses told the police The first time I remember my mother wearing red shoes was on a snowy morning in December 1962 the year I was seven years old I walked into the kitchen and found her sitting at the table No lights were on but in the thin haze of dawn that pushed through the frostbitten window I could see red high heeled shoes peeking out from beneath the hem of her robe There was no breakfast waiting and no freshly ironed school dress hanging on the basement doorknob Momma just sat and stared out the window with empty eyes her hands limp in her lap her coffee cold and untouched”Cecelia Honeycutt a young girl with a physically absentee father at least most of the time and a mother whose moods swayed from highs to lows psychotic until one day when CeeCee is twelve and her mother dies a tragic death Her father has at least enough sense to find a relative to take care of her and he arranges for CeeCee to live with her great aunt Tallulah who prefers to be referred to as Aunt Tootie ”As he pulled away from the curb a light breeze blew the paper from the box It spun end over end and swirled into the street I left it there and watched my dad’s car disappear “It was a familiar sight”Gradually CeeCee accepts her new life in Savannah and begins to get a glimpse of the South her mother had always shared her love of the climate their appreciation of the gracious way of living ”I loved this time of night how everything softened and lost the hard edges of day and how if the wind moved just right the live oaks would murmur tender green words across the shadowy lawn Sitting with a book in the warm circle of light from the table lamp had become my favorite way to end the day” ”Don’t go wastin’ all them bright tomorrows you ain’t even seen by hangin’ on to what happened yesterday Let go child Just breathe out and let go”Filled with a charmingly eclectic cast of characters this was a sweetly tender story of a young girl whose life brings her to a place where she can face her darkest fears and hopefully conuer them

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Saving CeeCee HoneycuttSummerBut CeeCee’s view of the world is challenged in ways she could have never imagined there are secrets to keep injustices to face and loyalties to uphold Just as she begins to find her ballast and experiences a sense of belonging her newfound joy collides with the long held fear that her mother’s legacy has left her destined for destructionLaugh out loud funny at times heartbreaking and written in a pitch perfect voice Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a spirited Southern tale that explores the intricate frailties and strengths of female relationships while illuminating the journey of a young girl who loses her mother but finds many others A book very reminiscent of The secret life of Bees Midnight in the garden of Good and Evil and a book that at times is so predictable it feels like it has copied the dozens of other books that involve southern charm race relations mother daughter relations and young women who rise above disadvantage and ultimately triumph At times the book would take a turn and I would think but hasn't this plot line been in so many other books Even the names of the characters are so predictable of a southern novel That said I read the book in two daysit captivated me The characters were strong and story line engaging but what did it for me was the imagery This book was an indulgent sensual bath at times leaving me raw and sad and then at others being full of comfort love and goodness It's a mentally visual feast full of splendid gardens old homes lovely architecture a first visit to the sea peacocks hummingbirds and a host of crazy colorful indomitable southern women who know how to cook up some comfort food and tell tall tales I was not surprised that the author was previously the head of a successful interior design firm And for someone like me who loves the aura of old houses and splendor of gardens this book just engaged my senses Just when it verged on being trite one of the characters would offer pearls of wisdom or insight that were so beautifully stated I would be knocked down And the underlying storyline about grief and overcoming it is something I understand and am interested in A very satisfying read

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read kindle ´ Saving CeeCee Honeycutt Audio CD Â ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Saving CeeCee Honeycutt By Beth Hoffman ✩ – Twelve year old CeeCee is in trouble For years she’s been the caretaker of her psychotic mother Camille— the crown wearing lipstick smeared laughingstock of an entire toTwelve year old CeeCee is in trouble For years she’s been the caretaker of her psychotic mother Camille the crown wearing lipstick Saving CeeCee PDF or smeared laughingstock of an entire town Though it’s and they live in Ohio Camille believes it’s and she’s just been crowned the Vidalia Onion ueen of GeorgiaThe day CeeCee discovers Camille in the front yard wearing a tattered prom dress and tiara as she blows kisses to passing motorists she knows her mother has completely flipped When tragedy strikes Tootie Caldwell a previously unknown great aunt comes to CeeCee’s rescue and whisks her away to Savannah Within hours of her arriva I cried real tears at parts of this lovely story of young CeeCee Honeycutt a little girl who suffers unimaginable loss at the hands of a mentally ill mother and unsympathetic father But like the spider web trapped hummingbird rescued in Chapt 27 by pulling the stickiest strings free of the bird's delicate wings a community of concerned women carries out a similar attempt for CeeCee In both cases a wounded creature is allowed to enjoy the life it should I loved this book that climbs from frustrating despair to capturing a real glow in life restored