Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom.
With a description like that and a gorgeous cover like the one below, how could I resist this book? As a *huge* fan of The Help, I looked forward to reading a charming, Southern coming-of-age tale filled with humour and strong female characters.
That being said, I have to say I was a little disappointed with this book. If you’re looking for something that matched The Help, you won’t find it here. However, it was still a pleasant and quick read. It reminded me a bit of Pollyanna, although I’m sure I am the only one who will make that connection because it really wasn’t similar at all aside from the background circumstances. CeeCee Honeycutt was the dullest character in the book. While the story was told through the discoveries she made and feelings she had, the real power lay in characters like Oletta Jones (the housekeeper), Tootie (the aunt), and the wickedly vivacious neighbours like Thelma-Rae Goodpepper and Violene Hubbs.
CeeCee Honeycutt had a very disturbing childhood, dealing with an absent father and a mentally unstable mother. When her mother passes away, her father gives her the best gift she could have asked for–although she didn’t know it then–by sending her to Georgia with her great Aunt Tootie. CeeCee’s first summer in Georgia is one filled with learning about courage, racism, love, and loss. I loved the characters dearly, but I do wish that the plot had been richer so that they could have all had more exposure and worth.
It’s a sweet story and a short one at that. Fun to read, but ultimately a bit forgettable.