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
This might be a feel good story if you grow up with Little House on the Prairie. I listen to the whole thing. Why? I have no idea, maybe because I used a credit and it wasn't awful. The narrator was awesome.
This wasn't a horrible book, but it was frankly boring. The only plot twists could be seen for miles away, the ending was anti-climatic, the characters weren't really endearing, the descriptions were pretty flat. I love books with Southern characters in Southern settings I can immerse myself in, and I was hoping this would be similar but it wasn't. I never got a real feel for Kentucky or Charleston, and I was irritated that I knew what was going to happen before it did all throughout the book (and I'm not one to usual do that, I'm typically oblivious, it was just so obvious and cliche most of the time). I wouldn't recommend this book. The narrator was average - she stayed in character and each character had a unique voice, but I didn't get why she used certain accents for certain characters - sometimes it didn't make sense.
Just like many other readers I loved Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman. It was a wonderful southern story of family and loss and hope.
Teddi was someone I'd love to know. Passionate and loving it is her journey and her story. It is told from her point of view and what a voice. From early on she loved all things ancient and antique - sold them at her farm gate until later on she opened a shop in Charleston. I loved that she had two mentors who happened along at the right time and helped her along with her passion. An expert on antiques and an expert in opening a business. She also had loyal friends and workers. She had a grandma in her nineties and Teddi took good care of her and her grandma took good care of Teddi.
While she is successful in business she has losses to face and grieving to do for all that she has lost and none so dear as her younger brother Josh who has a passion for protecting nature and the beautiful wildlife that surrounds their Kentucky farm. When he disappears one day, Teddi almost never gives up hope that he is alive somewhere. Sometimes the signs seem to say he may have died, but Teddi leaves messages for him. When the time comes to face the fact that she cannot keep the farm she makes some decisions that are brave and thoughtful.
This is a story of wonder and joy, heartbreak and sadness, humour and quirkiness. It's a tale of love - Teddi's love for many people and places and things. Teddi finds love with someone in an unexpected place and while it did not take centre stage it was a nice touch.
Jenna Lamia did a fine job narrating this book, her voices for various characters was great, her pacing and expression - wonderful. She was Teddi! I would happily listen to any book she narrates. This book was already excellent but with her narration Jenna took it up to another level again.
Narrator compliments the story perfectly! This is the kind of book that makes you want to savor every second when realize it's almost over.
Really wanted this to be good... But it felt like 3 different novels . 42 chapters ??
I lost interest and finished it, but was unsatified
Jenna Lamia has a great voice for books like this. It was a really good story and pleasure to listen to.
I enjoyed the book immensely. It was beautifully paced and well structured story.
I loved the main character and hoped to aspire to her beautiful nature and soul, that would see beauty and value even in the seemingly least deserving of it.
The book had a few emotional moments, tugging at your heart, but at the same time uplifting, leaving you to ponder on our lives and relationships.
Narration was outstanding!!! I think it actually made the book that much more enjoyable!
Hope to see more novels from this author on Audible.
It ranks right up there at the top. Don't know why I'm drawn to the Southern lifestyle theme. It seems like a simpler life that I would enjoy being a part of.
Teddie did not have things come easy for her in any way. She became a success through adversity and by hard work and a belief in what she wanted to do with her life. She had the ability to help out someone along the way and what she did to help a young man just starting out was amazing.
The story is well told. Sometimes it's difficult to write a story that skips between present day and the past. This was well done, I never questioned which character I was listening to, the child or the adult.
Nothing! this narrator is perfect for books written with a southern theme. Now I have never been to the south so I have no experience with how they really speak, but I felt like I've been there now.
This is a feel good book. If you are struggling in any way, read this and you will feel good about life again. Enjoy with an open heart!
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