by Beth Hoffman
CeeCee Honeycutt is most certainly worth saving. She is wise beyond her twelve years, because she has had to be. Her mother is lost in the past, while her detached father travels for work. CeeCee’s only friend is her elderly neighbor Mrs. Odell, who truly cares for CeeCee.
Inevitably a tragedy occurs, upsetting CeeCee’s already precarious world. It is decided for her that she must go live with Great Aunt Tootie, whom is unknown to CeeCee. It is understandably difficult for CeeCee to leave the only life she has known, however isolated. Aunt Tootie’s world is one of perfumed prosperity, proper manners and possibilities.
Suddenly CeeCee is immersed in a busy world full of strong women. Aunt Tootie is an active pillar of the community. Oletta is her wise housekeeper. CeeCee also comes to know the very unique and exotic neighbor Thelma, and the wildly busy-body neighbor Violene. Through each very different woman, CeeCee learns valuable lessons about the various kinds of love, but also about acceptance. Finally, CeeCee finds a place where she not only belongs, but one where she is safe.
This wise and wonderful book is full of strong Southern women. It is a testament to how they nurture each other, generation to generation. It is a gift to all women, honouring the beauty of friendship and all that is female.
I am thankful to have met CeeCee and her world of wonderful women. I am even more thankful for Beth Hoffman.