Posted by: rcwriter | December 2, 2008

Loving Cee Cee Johnson–My Review

Loving Cee Cee Johnson

Linda Leigh Hargrove

ISBN: 0802462707
Moody Publishersloving-cee-cee-johnson-cover/Lift Every Voice, September 2008

“Listen. Learn. Love.”

Celine Johnson lives in a world she created. Long forgotten were the days she grew up in Pettigrew, North Carolina and was known as Cee Cee, the daughter of a militant black activist. These days she goes by her given name, and claims to be from another town. She’s even locked away most of her childhood memories. Life’s fine until she’s forced to return to Pettigrew.

As soon as she drives past the city limit sign, she’s pelted with painful memories. Memories she’d rather not visit. To make things worse, a handsome white playwright has turned those bad memories into a play. She discovers things aren’t always what they seem.

Loving Cee Cee Johnson is a great read. The characters are filled with depth and internal conflict between actions and beliefs. You find yourself sympathizing with unlikely characters. The setting of small town North Carolina with early Spring tornadoes were accurate and vivid. I did feel like I wanted to jump into the story and help it along now and then, but the lessons learned far outweigh any minor flaws. I enjoyed this book very much. I would recommend you read The Making of Isaac Hunt. It fills in background information for Loving Cee Cee Johnson. And I can’t wait to read Saving Michael Tate.


Character: John Manning

Part: Tornado number 2, very well written.


Character: Brother, not enough depth for me

Part: Prologue, great piece of writing, very emotional


Linda Leigh Hargrove blends suspense, humor, and faith into compelling stories about race and class in America. Her writings include two novels: The Making of Isaac Hunt (June 2007) and Loving Cee Cee Johnson (September 2008). The former environmental engineer currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and three sons where she designs Web sites when she’s not writing. She blogs at and



  1. sounds like a fabulous read 🙂

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  3. Hi, Rhonda. Just a quick stop by to thank you for the review and for having me and my books on your site last month.

    I honestly appreciate your time and insight. You’ve been such a super host. Thanks.


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