The official UK cover!
Finally! You don't know how long I have waited for this book to come out! In January 2012, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt will hit the UK bookstores and I couldn't be more pleased if I had written it myself.
I think I was the first person in the UK to read this back in January 2010 after Beth sent me a copy. I had featured the book previously in a Friday Finds post and Beth contacted me directly to see if I would like to read it as she had never had a UK fan before.
As soon as I read it, I fell in love with CeeCee, Aunt Tootie and Oleta. This is one of those books you just immerse yourself in and never want to leave. I was flabbergasted to find that out that there were no plans to publish it in the UK. My poor battered copy passed through many hands as others fell in love with this gorgeous Southern cast of women.
Fast forward to January 2011. I began to exchange emails with the editorial director of Abacus and Little, Brown. Jenny Parrot and I exchanged many emails and we built up a lovely rapport and she always said to me to email her about anything book related.
One night not long after, I had the most sleepless night ever. I couldn't get Beth's book out of mind. Every time I closed my eyes, the book would appear again. I took it as a sign that I needed to talk to Jenny about it. So the very next day with some trepidation, I sent Jenny an email asking her why this book had never been picked up in the UK. I told her how wonderful it was and how the UK audience were really missing out. The rest of the world seemed to be enjoying it, but no one in the UK could get their hands on it.
Jenny listened to everything I had to say and went off to investigate what was happening with this book. She got a copy of it and read it and agreed with me totally. Within weeks Abacus had bought the UK rights to Saving CeeCee!
I actually cried.
My husband laughed at me, but I couldn't help it. I was so happy for Beth and so pleased that someone had listened. Beth and I exchanged a few tearful emails over the next few days. Jenny had told her of my involvement in the project. Beth couldn't believe that one original blog post had led to this. I have always believed that our paths were destined to cross. Sometimes in life, you find a kindred spirit, who might just live half way across the world. Beth, will always be one of my kindred spirits.
I am so thankful that Jenny listened. I am so thankful that I found Beth. I wish her all the success in the world and hope the rest of the UK fall in love with her book as much as I have.