The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

I had a nice and relaxing Sunday. First, Luke and I went to brunch at the Purple Finch Cafe.  Luke had an omelette and I ordered a ginormous margherita pizza.

My plate took up two thirds of the table, but it was very tasty!

This afternoon we took Teddy to the dog park where he made lots and lots of new friends. He also got very dirty and was due for a bath – so late afternoon became bath time for Teddy Louis!

Teddy hates his baths but he actually enjoys getting blow dried :) .

Finally, later today I got to finish reading my current book, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. It was the book chosen for Julie’s March Book Club at Peanut Butter Fingers.

It wasn’t my vote for the March book club and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but I really enjoyed it. It was definitely a page turner.

It tells the story of CeeCee Wilkes, who gets caught up in a kidnapping scheme when she’s 16 and as a result, ends up raising a child who isn’t her own. She goes through life holding another identity to cover up her involvement with the disappearing of the baby’s mother (who happens to be the Governor’s wife). She ends up having a fairly normal life and a great family, but as one might expect, she keeps many secrets from them regarding her daughter and her past.

Much of the story focuses on the relationship between the main character and her daughter. She ends up smothering her daughter with too much love and protection due to her fear of being discovered, and as a result, the daughter grows up with many fears and psychological problems.

The end of the book focuses on CeeCee’s decision of whether to confess all that she knows to her family, the police and the media. Clearly, her daughter’s world will be turned upside down if she finds out CeeCee is not her mother and is in fact an accomplice to her birth mother’s disappearance and death.

It’s hard to review the book without giving too much of the plot away. I ended up sympathizing with CeeCee’s character a lot because she was 16 and deceived by love when she decided to take the baby and raise her as her own daughter. The book definitely makes you go back and forth on whether you are on her side or not.

Overall, the plot was exciting and made you want to read more and more. I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants a good page turner!

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  3. Mel says:

    1. That pizza looks amazing!
    2. I’m totally with you on The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. I was so protective of CeeCee when she was deciding whether or not to talk to the media – because I sympathized with how she was taken advantage of – but I also thought she was too naive in the beginning of the book.

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