2 Words that describe the book: Southern healing
3 Settings where it took place or characters you met:
- Setting: 1967, Savannah, Georgia
- CeeCee Honeycutt—a lonely 12-year-old girl who has had a difficult childhood coping with her mentally ill mother and absentee father
- Tootie Caldwell—CeeCee’s great-aunt who swoops in to take care of CeeCee after her mother’s death by moving CeeCee into her Gaston Street mansion and introducing her to her privileged, eccentric and women-centered Southern lifestyle.
- I liked the colorful characters that populate the book, from the exotic Buddhist Thelma Rae Goodpepper to the hateful Violene Hobbs to Tootie’s stern but loving housekeeper Oletta Jones. (I so wanted be able to taste Oletta’s cooking after reading about it!)
- I like the feel good vibe of the book, which has every villain getting their comeuppance and the good people coming out on top.
- I liked the glimpse into the Southern lifestyle and way of doing things. We could probably all benefit from learning how to practice Southern hospitality.
- I disliked feeling like I’ve read books like this before. It is in a similar vein of books like The Secret Life of Bees, in which a girl from a bad family gets “saved” by loving Southern women.
I’m giving the book 3 stars. This was a charming and easy read, but books of this type aren’t my preferred cup of tea. However, if you like Southern fiction populated by eccentric women, I would highly recommend it. Although it wasn’t my taste, I still enjoyed it.
And it seems that our Show Me 5 Saturday hostess is missing in action since November so I thought I’d include a Mr. Linky with my post in case you want to hook up your own contribution. Hopefully, she’ll be back to blogging soon.