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
Triathlete, Designer, secret-romantic, glass half-fuller, Devo-tee, and lover of British Literature.
I loved the story and am a very avid follower of Jenna Lamia, the narrator.
Story is sweet and full of kindness.
Yes, I plan to. Filled with so many nuances I'm sure I missed some, so I know I'll appreciate it even more on the second listening.
Some have said this is slow moving as though that were a bad thing. It is slow moving- like the clouds across the sky on an almost windless day; or like the lazy eddies in the widest part of the meandering North Fork River. And just like those, this story unfolds into so many different shapes and currents, it could never be called boring. The characters are so close to us: A young wife transformed into a care-worn listless mother who has robbed herself of life's present joy by holding on to past disappointments; A devoted father busy providing for his family while missing out on deeper relationships; A daughter longing to please and connect with her mother, knowing she can only come just so close before their differences make it obvious that love itself isn't quite enough to bridge the gap; A young boy mothered by his older sister and finding an emotional understanding that neither could attain with their mother; An aged grandmother gracefully accepting her frailty yet attempting to be happy in a home that isn't her own. And upon them all, a series of everyday events shower down touching each one differently and significantly. This could've been a dark and depressing story, but instead, Ms. Hoffman drapes the landscape with beautiful Southern charm that soothes, surprises and satisfies.
Narrator is as fabulous as the story. I was glued to this story and cried and laughed and smiled and got angry right Ali g with the characters. I am already trying to figure out who should be cast as Sam in the movie they most certainly should be working on. Loved this book!!!!!
This is a story that weaves some of the best and worst parts of life into it. The narrator has a soothing voice and I looked forward to escaping my worries by listening while I drove or cleaned.
This story unfolds with such Grace and Depth. The realness of the era is so sweet. The family relationship(s) masterfully handled. The setting in the South.... Prefect tempo and cadence, beginning to end. I did not want it to end... And then she did that the best of all.
The actress was wonderful. Lived her work. Book could have easily been 2 hours shorter. I lost interest towards the end and really didn't care about Josh by the end.
Endearingly charming and light, but lacking in passion, conflict or excitement. Nice narration. Good for light entertainment, but certainly not a page-turner. Skip this if you're wanting Southern Noir.
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