Sunday Summary – Jan. 31

Books reviewed:
Saving Ceecee Honeycutt: A Novel Angel's Peak (Virgin River, #10)
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Angel’s Peak by Robyn Carr
Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life Eggs Benedict Arnold (A Cackleberry Club Mystery, #2)
It was another good week with books. I really enjoyed Saving CeeCee Honeycutt – what a wonderful novel! I also liked the latest book in Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series: Angel’s Peak. I can’t believe this is the last day of January. Here’s my list of books read this month:
Forbidden Fallsby Robyn Carr
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Challenge)
Spinning Forward by Terri DuLong
East Hope by Katharine Davis (2010 RFMSP)
Sinful Surrender by Beverley Kendall
Sundays at Tiffany’s by J. Patterson & G. Charbonnet (2010 RFMSP)
Angel’s Peak by Robyn Carr (2010 RFMSP)
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Show Me 5 Saturday – Angel’s Peak

Pick a book you’ve read or reviewed during the current week. Each Saturday post the answers to the numbered questions found below. The number indicates the number of answers to provide.

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1 Book you read and/or reviewed this week:
* Angel’s Peak by Robyn Carr

2 Words that describe the book:
* Romance; series

3 Settings where it took place or characters you met:
* Virgin River, CA
* Phoenix, AZ
* The Riordan family

4 Things you liked and/or disliked about it:
* Liked the three main story lines
* Liked that characters from past books had more than cameo appearances
* Like the way Robyn Carr tells a story filled with compassion, humor and love
* Like that everything wasn’t wrapped up at the end of the book

5 Stars or less for your rating:
4 stars

Angel's Peak (Virgin River, #10)

(Goodreads synopsis)
Four years ago, Air Force sweethearts Franci Duncan and Sean Riordan reached an impasse. She wanted marriage and a family, he didn’t. But a chance meeting proves that the bitter breakup hasn’t cooled their sizzling chemistry.

Sean has settled down in spite of himself—he’s not the cocky young fighter pilot he was when Franci left, and he wants them to try again. After all, they have a history…but that’s not all they share.

Franci’s secret reason for walking away when Sean refused to commit is now three and a half: a redheaded cherub named Rosie who shares her daddy’s emerald green eyes. Sean is stunned—and furious with Franci for the deception.

News travels fast in Virgin River, and soon the whole town is taking sides. Rebuilding their trust could take a small miracle—and the kind of love that can move mountains.

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Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel

Goodreads synopsis:
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.

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CeeCee Honeycutt has been taking care of her mentally ill mother for most of her twelve years. Her father is absent much of the time so it’s been up to CeeCee to tend to her mother. After Camille’s death, CeeCee’s great aunt Tootie arrives to take her home to Savannah. That’s the start of a new chapter in CeeCee’s Life Book.

All I knew for sure was this: I had been plunked into a strange, perfumed world that, as far as I could tell, seemed to be run entirely by women. 


CeeCee’s new life is filled with caring and eccentric women. Each one seems to have a special lesson to impart. Little by little, like the fragile orchid, CeeCee begins to bloom in their warm and gentle care.

If there’s one thing I’d like most for you, it’s that you’ll find your calling in life. That’s where true happiness and purpose lies. Whether it’s taking care of abandoned animals, saving old houses from the wreckin’ ball, or reading to the blind, you’ve got to find your fire, sugar. You’ll never be fulfilled if you don’t.


Beth Hoffman’s charming debut novel is filled with wit, wisdom, and love. The characters will stay with me for a long time. I recommend Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, it’s a wonderful book.




Waiting on Wednesday – Jan. 27

Pub. date: March 2, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur

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Publishers Weekly

In this stellar first in a new series, Martin (Murder Melts in Your Mouth and six other Blackbird Sisters mysteries) introduces Roxy Abruzzo, ultra-sexy Pittsburgh sleuth and owner of Bada Bling Architectural Salvage, as well as Roxy’s lovable assistant, Nooch Santonucci, and pit bull, Rooney. A tough girl like Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, if with an edgier vibe, Roxy has an uncle who’s a local Mafia don, but she answers to no one but herself and maybe Sage, her 16-year-old daughter from a teen liaison with chef Patrick Flynn. Roxy gets into trouble after the fatal shooting of wealthy philanderer Julius Hyde and the torching of the country estate of Hyde’s 92-year-old mother, who worries about her missing ancient Greek garden statue. Did her irascible daughter-in-law take it, or another family member? Nope, Roxy did. Roxy’s efforts to salvage the statue lead to a wild cat-and-mouse game with a killer that will leave Martin’s fans clamoring for more.