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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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.
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.
Jenna Lamia is an incredible narrator and she creates a unique voice for each character. Truly a pleasure to listen to her.
Jenna Lamia's narration made this book bearable.
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.
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.
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.
Narration was GREAT.
Yes, the story draws you in.
Highly recommend the book, it is worth 1 credit.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Ever since listening to The Help, i have looked for other books read by Jenna Lamia, and she is equally wonderful reading Looking for Me. This story is very engaging and i liked it almost as much as Saving CeeCee Honeycut. I felt the storyline, as it relates to the brother, was a bit farfetched -- which is why i gave the story itself 4 stars. Otherwise a great read...funny, sad, very moving and well written.
A great story expertly narrated. Highly recommended.
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.
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.
I would have made Teddy a little more complex and given the story a little more depth.
I love Jenna Lamia. She is the perfect narrator and was perfect for this book.
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