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Daily Deals: Southern Ladies and Northern Scotsmen

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by   Beth Hoffman Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Read Beth Hoffman’s blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom

Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.

In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah’s perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie’s all- knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman’s sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, “packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart.” It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

Library Journal says that it is a great debut but Kirkus and PW say it is overly optimistic, sugary. Kirkus writes: “Humor, wish-fulfillment and buckets of sentiment bulk out an innocent, innovation-free debut that would work well for teenage readers. “

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Outer Banks by Anne Rivers SiddonsOuter Banks by Anne Rivers Siddons. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

They came together as sorority sisters on a Southern campus is the ’60s: Elegant Kate, walking a tightrope over an abyss of lies … Sensitive, sensible, self-contained Cecie … Ginger, the sexy, vibrant heiress, richer than sin … and poor, hopeless, brilliant Fig.

Four young women bound by rare, blinding, early friendship — they spend two idyllic spring breaks at Nag’s Head, North Carolina, the isolated strip of barrier islands where grand old weather-beaten houses perch defiantly on the edge of a storm-tossed sea. Now, thirty years later, they are coming back. They are coming back to recapture the exquisite magic of those early years, to experience again the love, enthusiasm, passion, pain, and cruel betrayal that shaped the four young girls into women and set them all adrift on the … Outer Banks.

The New York Times #1 bestselling author of King’s Oak offers a touching novel of betrayal, madness, love, and redemption. As sorority sisters in the ’60s, four young women came together and were bound by rare, blinding, early friendship. The two spring breaks they spent at Nag’s Head were idyllic. Now they return to the North Carolina setting to recapture those early years–and to set free the pain that caused them all to drift apart. Simultaneous hardcover release of Colony.

The Kirkus review is a bit spoilerish but the conclusion says “Siddons fans will be enthralled; indeed, this is a much more emotionally gripping novel than her last, King’s Oak. But it won’t woo readers who want to see the characters they’ve been following settle their problems without wild effects andplot tricks. “

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Curveball Kate AngellCurveball by Kate Angell. $ .99

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The bad boys of baseball, they are the top power hitters of the Richmond Rogues, and the team’s best hope for a shot at the World Series. But when all three have to be benched for brawling, it’s the beginning of a whole new ball game, and the opposing team could win something more than a trophy–these ladies are after their hearts.

At the top of the ninth, with the bases loaded, each man realizes that happiness is just within reach, even when love throws a…Curveball.

I didn’t enjoy the baseball series by Angell because it was too fake for me. Nothing about the sports aspect read authentic. But if you don’t know much about sports or can set those issues aside, you may enjoy Angell’s breezy voice.

These were formerly published with Kensington I believe.

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Highland Rebel: A Tale of a Rebellious Lady and a Traitorous Lord  by     Judith James Highland Rebel by Judith James. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Amidst the upheaval of Cromwell’s Britain, Jamie Sinclair’s wit and military prowess have served him well. Leading a troop in Scotland, he impetuously marries a captured maiden, saving her from a grim fate.

A Highlands heiress to title and fortune, Catherine Drummond is not the woman Jamie believes her to be. When her people effect her rescue, and he cannot annul the marriage, Jamie goes to recapture his hellcat of a new wife…

In a world where family and creed cannot be trusted, where faith fuels intolerance and war, Catherine and Jamie test the bounds of loyalty, friendship, and trust…

Judith James may be most well known for <em>Broken Wings</em>. I’d be interested in reading her again. 

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. Maili
    May 17, 2013 @ 18:13:33

    Another Scotsman named Jamie? lol. At this rate, it seems like there are 1,800 Jamies in Scotland. Same with Catherine/Catriona.

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