“Momma always told me, being in the North isn’t living…. its absolute hell.”
Cecelia Rose Honeycutt
Cecelia (Cee Cee) Honeycutt is twelve years old but feels she has had to be an adult almost her entire life. Her father (and we use the term loosely) is never around. he travels for his job and the brief times he is home he is always mad and shouting at Cee Cee’s mother Camille.
Camille, a long time ago, was a Southern beauty queen. And this is where many of Camille’s problems lie… in a non satisfying marriage, Camille has reverted in her mind to the beauty queen days. Many times dressing in formal gowns and a tiara as she dances and waves in her yard or goes up town shopping. Some days she has trouble remembering exactly where she is and tends to go on shopping sprees that involve buying boxes and boxes of shoes or dresses.
In the middle, of course in Cee Cee….. trying to help her mother but at the same time resenting her not being a mom that she can be proud of…. one that will let her be the child instead of the adult….
And then one day all of this changes, with the incident with the ice cream truck…..
Not really….. I have shared nothing here that you can not learn from reading the back of the book cover. And what I have said, really is only the beginning of a charming story about a young girl finding her way and her place in life.
Wow. Yes, in a word wow. Beth Hoffman presents a story line filled with such fun and realistic characters that I wanted to don a large sun hat and come knocking on the door! And what characters you will meet along the way! Cee Cee may think that her life is one to be pitied but as circumstances open new doors for her and she begins to find a new direction – one that she could never have dreamed!
In this endearing book (as told from the point of view of Cee Cee) Cee Cee will place memories in her life book that she will hold close to her heart forever…
and in the end, I will too.
** This audio book is read by Jenna Lamia, who’s youthful voice made Cee Cee come to life. I absolutely adored the reading and had to jump on-line to find out what other books Jenna has narrated. She was perfect for the role – and the voices of the characters jumped out of the speakers and I felt as though I was in the room with them…. picking weeds out of the garden, spying on the crazy neighbor and drinking cold lemonade on the porch.
I purchased my copy of this audio from audible.com