This was a book about healing from a tramatic childhood. I really loved it, The characters were believable and very loveable. There was no bad language and had a great moral on many levels but not preachy...five stars for sure...
This book is sweet as honey and everything is sunshine. If you want a realistic portrayal of us Southerners, this isn't it. But, if you want a nice easy breezy light read with lots of feel good, this will fit the bill perfectly. Frankly, I like my fiction with a little more substance and reality. No one can be this sweet for this long.
This is a sad but sweet story of Cecelia Honeycutt, a 12 year old with a psychotic mother and an emotionally distant father. When her mother is killed in an accident, an aunt that CeeCee has never met before shows up to sweep her away to a whole new life. Rich with detail, and at least one sub-plot about race relations in Georgia in 1967, this is a highly enjoyable read about how we define family and the bonds we make.
I found this book to be sad in places, funny in others, and overall a wonderful read. Beth Hoffman is indeed an author to watch. She has much of Fanny Flagg's style in telling a story set in the South and her insight into personalities. This is set primarily in Savannah's historic district during the 50's/60's. It is the story of a young girl who must go to live with an elderly great-aunt after her psychotic mother dies and her abusive father, fortunately, does not want her. She's never had a friend of her own as she's been shunned because of her mother's crazy actions, and now she's with her elderly relative and her friends, neighbors, and relations. But CeeCee is a survivor. Her great-aunt is passionate about the city retaining the old houses in the historic district, taking care of her family, and drags CeeCee along as she goes about her activities. And there is also the black housekeeper who has been with the great-aunt for years. This adds another depth to the story as she finds out about her community and life. Great read.
One of the best stories I have read in a long time. When you pick up this book do not have plans for the rest of the day. Opens your heart and reels you in from the start.