Oh, I absolutely LOVED this novel!! For a debut novel it really belongs up there with the seasoned author's. Beth Hoffman's first novel is adorable, sweet, tear-jerking, heart-tugging, wise, and speaks to the wonderful hospitality, eqtiquette and good manners of people in the South.
The characters are so well developed in this novel. You will absolutely love: CeeCee, Tootie, Oletta and Mrs. Odell. However, the relationship that CeeCee and Oletta carve out is unbelievable. Just their relationship alone will make you laugh and make you cry. Aunt Tootie's kindness toward CeeCee is overwhelming, I wish she'd adopt me!
You'll love the crazy neighbours, especially Ms. Hobbs and Ms. Goodpepper who don't get along with one another at all and you'll laugh your head off at one scene that takes place in Ms. Hobb's backyard one dark night with CeeCee and Ms. Goodpepper, unbeknownst to Ms. Hobbs, are witnessing moment-by-moment. And you'll be shocked and laugh at what they pull at an elegant afternoon garden party for CeeCee.
All in all this is one of the best books I've read this year and I'd recommend that everyone pick this one up, you won't be disappointed!! This is definitely going on my permanent bookshelf.
March 12, 2011