Friday, January 15, 2010

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

You know that feeling you get when you meet someone for the first time but it feels like you've known them your whole life? That's how the entire room of book lovers in a conference room at the Hudson Public Library felt as they listened to Beth Hoffman speak about her book SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT on Wednesday night. She was a genuine, inspirational and dynamic speaker. Beth has an incredibly magical story about how she came to publish her first book and we urge you to check out her tour schedule to see if she will be coming to a city near you. Trust us, she's worth it.

You can check out some other recaps of the event over at Red Lady's Reading Room and Stacy's Books.

Here's a picture of three card carrying members of the Catherine Drayton fan club.
Now, on to the book...

I was not patient enough to buy SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT the night of the signing, so I purchased it the day it was released. Like Beth's words on Wednesday night, this story is pure magic. CeeCee Honeycutt is a twelve-year-old girl from a broken family in Willoughby, Ohio. When even more tragedy strikes, she is left with no other choice but to move to Savannah, Georgia with her great aunt Tootie. There, she is surrounded by an array of dynamic women who all lend a hand in saving this broken little girl and helping her grow into a woman.

Listening to the story unfold through CeeCee's eyes reminds you what it is like to be twelve-years old again, trying your hardest to come into your own. As strange as this sounds, the book tastes and smells exactly like summer in the South. Absolutely magical (have I mentioned that yet?), especially when you're stuck in three feet of snow in Cleveland, OH.

Go buy your copy today and drink it up over the weekend. Happy Friday!

P.S. Did we mention that we met Christina from Write-Brained at the signing? We did and she was awesome!


40 comments:

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Oh what fun that event must have been! I love learning of new books. I will def. check it out! The cover is just so beautiful!

Alissa said...

I already have this one on my to-read list. It sounds like a great book!

MeganRebekah said...

I'll admit I hadn't heard of this book before, but I'm going to be on the lookout for it on my next trip to the library (or bookstore, which ever comes first!).

Thanks for sharing!

Christina Lee said...

Yeah, it was GREAT! I read half-way through last night- love it! Oh and thanks for choosing a decent picture-LOL!! I loved meeting you guys(and your mom)and you two are cute as buttons!!!!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

The book tastes and sounds like summer in the South? I need this book!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Cool Ill have to check it out. Also could you two be any prettier! Sheesh!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oooo, it sounds wonderful! This is a very convincing pitch, ladies. Maybe she should hire you for PR. :-)

I'm going to order it today!

Dara said...

I checked her book tour schedule and she's coming here on the 27th! Even better--she's going to be at the book store right around the corner!

I'm going to get her book now and read it before she comes :)

Shannon Messenger said...

Ooo-sounds like an awesome book. But really--was it magical? Cause I'm not sure if that's how you felt about it. ;)

I will add it to my TBR-When-I-Finish-These-Stupid-Edits-And-Actually-Have-Time-To-Read-Again Pile.

PS: How adorable are those pictures? *Sighs* Photogenic people make me SO jealous.

Christine said...

Oh, I've heard so many good things about this book. I'm definitely going to pick it up this weekend!

Elana Johnson said...

Very fun! I'm going to add this book to my list of awesome reads, TBR.

Very cute pics, girlies!

Kristy said...

I love books like that. That's how I feel about Pat Conroy (I realize he's not a book... but he writes them, and his books taste, smell and feel like South Carolina). That's the kind of writer I aspire to be someday...

Carolyn V. said...

How cool! It's on my to read list. =) (that list is getting too too long)

Lori W. said...

I recall you mentioning this book when you heard I like
novels set in the South. This one sounds wonderful. I'm going to need another job to fund my book addiction . . . it's getting so much worse.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

You know, I likely wouldn't have thought to pick up this book without the recommendation. But it sounds very good. Will definitely give it a shot.

Sarah said...

Oh, fun! Saving CeeCee Honeycutt has been great buzz. I'll have to check this one out!

Sarah said...

Ahem, *getting* great buzz!

Stephanie Thornton said...

This sounds like a good one- I'll have to check it out.

My reading pile keeps growing and growing. It's going to take over my library soon.

Little Ms J said...

Added to my TBR pile! You girls look adorable!

Patti said...

I love meeting other authors. It's so exciting to hear their stories and find out how they came up with their ideas.

Sounds like an interesting book.

Daisy Whitney said...

Love love love love that cover!!

Hilary Wagner ~ Writer said...

You guys are so adorable! I hope someday I'll get to meet the "L" sisters in person...maybe at your book signing! :)

xoxo -- Hilary

Kim said...

Nobody comes to Virginia. Boo! I'll have to check out the book. And, I agree..you two are adorable!

Southern Princess said...

Hey Ladies! what fun! I will have to check this one out!

I left y'all something over on my blog!

Enter My Kingdom

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like so much fun! Also sounds like a "must have" book for not only me, but my classroom too. Thanks :)

Cuppa Jolie said...

So funny I stopped here at your lovely blog and saw this particular post today. I literally just saw this book in my husband's Ladies' Home Journal(yes, husband's...it was gifted to him by his grandma, do you think she meant it for me?).

Sharon Mayhew said...

Aren't book signing parties fun! It sounds like a wonderful book.

Bonnie said...

I agree with you both, the story is magical. I adored CeeCee and the book is a must read. Beth was amazing, full of heart and authentic. It was so nice to meet you guys at the book signing also!
I'm excited that there are more bloggers in the northeast Ohio area!

Dawn Simon said...

SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT sounds great! And I like the pics you shared. You ladies are adorable!

Anissa said...

You know, I'd heard of this one and had meant to pick it up. Thanks for the reminder!

Erica said...

How awesome! That book sounds wonderful. Will add it to my list for sure :o) Great review, I love this line: As strange as this sounds, the book tastes and smells exactly like summer in the South.

Will check out her story too! Thanks for sharing :o)

T. Anne said...

I just saw this book at Sams club today! How fun, next time I'll be sure to pick up a copy.

sunna said...

This book sounds wonderful! I guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend. Thanks for the recommendation!

Gail said...

I've been waffling between yes and maybe on CC Honeycutt. You girls convinced me- it's a yes! I think I'll recommend it to my book club to add to our choice list. Thanks

Melissa said...

It sounds like you had such a blast!!! The cover of that book is brilliant and it sounds really interesting :)

Shelby said...

the cover is perfect.

Kristin said...

Oh, her story is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing. And as a Southern gal who grew up with thick, humid days and lightning bugs at night, I must read. Thanks!

stacybuckeye said...

Great write up of the event and book! It was great meeting you two :)

Beth Hoffman said...

I had so much fun, and I wish we could have spent more time together!

Just think, your book will be launching before you know it, and then it will be me sitting in the audience cheering you on!

Thank you for your support and friendship -- can't wait to see you again!

Anonymous said...

This is a great book!! One of the best things I've ever read! I could read it a thousand times and never get tired of it. Beth Hoffman expresses an amazing amount of talent and grace in this book. Love it- *****