Hi Everyone! Today is the big day-I get to hang out with Margaret Peterson Haddix! She will be talking about her books here at the Rocky River Public Library this evening at 7:00pm. She will also be signing books. The event is open to the public, so feel free to join us. Don’t worry, I’ll take notes and picture for those who can’t make it.
I have a quick little review for you today, and it’s not a YA book, shocking, I know. I just finished listening to Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman.
Twelve year old Cecelia Rose Honeycutt lives in Willoughby, Ohio with her mentally ill mother. Camille Honeycutt was a Southern Belle, and the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen, but her illness has made her the laughingstock of Willoughby, much to CeeCee’s shame. When Camille suddenly dies CeeCee is sent to live in Savannah with her great-aunt Tootie. She leaves behind everything and everyone she has ever known to begin a new life among strangers. Over the course of the summer Tootie, her housekeeper, Oletta, and a cast of larger-than-life Southern women become the safe and loving family that CeeCee has always wanted.
This book was like a tall glass of sweet tea on a hot day-refreshing and sweet. While the plot is a bit predictable, the lush setting of 1960s Savannah and the charming Southern ladies will keep you turning the pages, hungry for more of this heartwarming tale. As I listened to this book in my car the dreary February landscape melted into the background as I found myself immersed in the sunny Georgia gardens, surrounded by wise and eccentric women. I kept picturing scenes from movies such as Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes. Give this to fans of Sarah Addison Allen.
I finished this just in time to get the third Flavia de Luce mystery, A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley. I love the narrator of these wickedly entertaining mysteries starring 11-year old Flavia, a budding chemist with a passion for poison. Yay!
Ok, off to prepare for this evening.