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Looking for Me | [Beth Hoffman]

Looking for Me

Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.
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Publisher's Summary

A Southern novel of family and antiques from the bestselling author of the beloved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Beth Hoffman’s best-selling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

Teddi Overman found her life’s passion for furniture in a broken-down chair left on the side of the road in rural Kentucky. She learns to turn other people’s castoffs into beautifully restored antiques, and eventually finds a way to open her own shop in Charleston. There, Teddi builds a life for herself as unexpected and quirky as the customers who visit her shop. Though Teddi is surrounded by remarkable friends and finds love in the most surprising way, nothing can alleviate the haunting uncertainty she’s felt in the years since her brother Josh’s mysterious disappearance. When signs emerge that Josh might still be alive, Teddi is drawn home to Kentucky. It’s a journey that could help her come to terms with her shattered family - and to find herself at last. But first she must decide what to let go of and what to keep.

Looking for Me brilliantly melds together themes of family, hope, loss, and a mature once-in-a-lifetime kind of love. The result is a tremendously moving story that is destined to make bestselling author Beth Hoffman a novelist to whom readers will return again and again as they have with Adriana Trigiani, Fannie Flagg, and Joshilyn Jackson.

©2013 Beth Hoffman (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    soft_kitten 07-12-13
    soft_kitten 07-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    What would have made Looking for Me better?

    I've read many books that jump back and forth between past and present but this book was very uneven. It didn't need to be strictly chronological because there's no fun in that, but past events introduced later in the book should have been earlier because they explained the characters' motivations. Instead, the characters, such as Teddi's mom and brother, seem to be randomly overreacting. I really found the "explanation" for Josh's actions unrealistic and unbelievable. He was very tiresome.

    Also, Teddi clearly knows her own mind at a young age and the only issue in her life is her brother. Other than that, there is no drama, which is fine but an odd character for a book titled "Looking for Me." I guess there is a denouement but it's definitely less of a bang, more of a whimper.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Joyland


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    Jenna Lamia is an incredible narrator and she creates a unique voice for each character. Truly a pleasure to listen to her.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Jenna Lamia's narration made this book bearable.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly loved Beth Hoffman's first book and felt it was a very well done story, so I'm disappointed by her latest book. But I hope she keeps writing.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 12-14-14
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 12-14-14 Member Since 2013

    Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

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    "Great southern story"
    What made the experience of listening to Looking for Me the most enjoyable?

    A believable story with charming characters. This is a story about family and friendship, love and loss, hope and dreams. It is also about the choices made during our lifetimes and how we deal with life’s up and downs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Teddi


    Which character – as performed by Jenna Lamia – was your favorite?

    Narration was GREAT.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, the story draws you in.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend the book, it is worth 1 credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 11-20-13
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "What a Privilege...."

    Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt is among my most favorite books. What a privilege to read another book by Beth Hoffman. This book awakened such nostalgia. I was a child at the end of an era...when life was slower, going to town was a big deal. Community was a nucleus of familiar characters, family, and very hard work. This author captures that, is able to take you there with words. It is just beautiful. Jenna Lamia is The Southern Voice. Thank you so much for this story...so rich with story...and like the South things happen in there own time. Perfect timing, I can hear some people thinking this is slow but I highly recommend you wrap yourself in this wonderful story and let it become a part of you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 11-15-13
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 11-15-13 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "A sweet gentle story....."

    This is a sweet gentle story of a country girl that finds herself in a big city and makes a life for herself in restoring antique furniture..
    It was an undulating gentle and calm story. A book that wont keep you sitting gripping the edges of your chair, but will keep you captivated wit its gentle twists and turns filled with real people.. I wasn't dissapointed! Jenna lamia as the narrator did the story proud with her beautiful expressive narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis S. Mike Bristol, CT USA 11-11-13
    Phyllis S. Mike Bristol, CT USA 11-11-13 Member Since 2012

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    "I loved every minute of this book"

    A few reviewers felt this book was too long but I enjoyed every second of it. I listened to it twice now. I think I have a new favorite author/reader combination. The story is heart-warming. It was a great relief from the overly-detailed sex scenes of some writers and the tortures that some writers feel are necessary to make a story interesting. The narration is perfect. I can see why Jenna Lamia is an award-winner. I hope to find more like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marg224 10-15-13
    Marg224 10-15-13

    keep on keepin on

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    "SLOW"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I feel this book was totally slow...hard to get in to and after only 45 mins. I'm returning it.In my opinion it's not worth a credit. I admit I purchased it solely on the reviews, but, as much as I wanted to like it and as much as I like the narrator, I just couldn't get in to it. It was just fluffy and lacking (in my opinion) anything that really grabbed me enough to want to even finish. Maybe it got better but I have to be honest, I just couldn't listen any more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loretta R. Cooper 09-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Sweet and Fluffy"

    I felt like I'd spent a day antique shopping in a sweet little Southern town. Enjoyable beach read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louis Carleton Pace, ON, Canada 09-01-13
    Louis Carleton Pace, ON, Canada 09-01-13
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    "You wont want stop listening ..."
    If you could sum up Looking for Me in three words, what would they be?

    A great story expertly narrated. Highly recommended.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I particularly enjoy how the story's main character takes us through her life journeys and shares how her relationships change .... How they evolve from beginning to end. I nearly cried when she demonstrates her bravery and heartache when she moves from the family farm.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 08-25-13
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A little slow"
    What did you like best about Looking for Me? What did you like least?

    I enjoy southern literature and I love Jenna Lamia, the narrator. Looking For Me was a sweet story but the lack of drama left me wanting more. I kept waiting for something to happen when I finally realized it was just going to be a story about a girl who moves to Charleston and opens her own antique store. The storyline regarding the search for her brother was extremely limited. I just felt it was very slow and without much depth.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made Teddy a little more complex and given the story a little more depth.


    Have you listened to any of Jenna Lamia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Jenna Lamia. She is the perfect narrator and was perfect for this book.


    Did Looking for Me inspire you to do anything?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Pennsylvania 08-19-13
    Andrea Pennsylvania 08-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "great listen"

    Enjoyed all the characters and the story line. This is second book by this author that I have liked. Love the voice of the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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