I read a lot of books some very good and then some that are just okay. This one was wonderful. It left me with the feeling that I got when I read The Secret Life of Bees and The Help.I confess that I am a sucker for a Southern Novel because even though I love with all my heart the Northwest I yearn for home sometime.In the beginning of the book Ceecee lives with a mentally ill mom who she has to be a Mom toand as the book goes on her mom's death prompts a move to live with her Aunt Tootie in Savannah and the friends her Aunt Tootie has that become her family.
The book and it's characters are yet another affirmation of the fact that your family doesn't have to be of theblood butthey can be those you choose.Beth Hoffman so captures the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina that I felt like I was back there again in summer walking along the beaches of Tybee Island, watching a summer thunderstorm and walking through Forsythe Park. I can almost smell the night blooming jasmine and the Magnolias and Azaleas in bloom or feel myself sitting on the front porch drinking sweet tea.I think you will love Ceecee as much as I did and the other characters that Beth Hoffman creates . I almost wish I could go live with Aunt Tootie myself.
I also love this new series on The CW called Life Unexpected . It is set here in Portland and it manages to capture the funky, outdoorsy, laid back vibe of the area I love so well it is billed as a cross between Juno and The Gilmore Girls and I think I agree. I hope you will watch it.