The first book is Firefly Lane by Kristen Hannah. I loved this book. It was a combination of all things Nicholas Sparks, Beaches and Steel Magnolias. The relationship between Tully and Kate is beautiful and one that lasts through three decades and major moments in history. I loved the book and after I was done, I cried myself to sleep while singing Dancing Queen in my head.
The second book is Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. This was such a sweet easy read. But the story is one of hardship as young CeeCee watches her mother suffer from a mental illness and CeeCee suffers the ridicule of her classmates. And when her mother dies, CeeCee is forced to move in with her great-aunt. The love she is shown and the healing she is given is truly remarkable.
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.
I highly recommend both of these books and they will make wonderful summer/vacation reads if you decide to read them. Enjoy them and let me know what you think!!!