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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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    Kathryn @theBookDate Paraparaumu, New Zealand 02-23-15
    Kathryn @theBookDate Paraparaumu, New Zealand 02-23-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved this."

    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.

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    Teressa L. Clark 02-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    This was a really good book. The narrator fit the book perfect. I laughed, smiled and even cried. Such a great story.

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    Rachelle Berry-Bissessar 01-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "My new favorite author!"

    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.

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    Deborah 01-13-15
    Deborah 01-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Life is about following dreams"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and Jenna Lamia does an amazing job pulling me Into her character. Didn't want it to end.

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    rosanna 01-09-15
    rosanna 01-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Long & aimless. Disappointing after CeeCee Honey"

    Really wanted this to be good... But it felt like 3 different novels . 42 chapters ??
    I lost interest and finished it, but was unsatified

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    Judith Miller Fort Irwin, CA, US 12-29-14
    Judith Miller Fort Irwin, CA, US 12-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this author!"
    Would you listen to Looking for Me again? Why?

    Jenna Lamia has a great voice for books like this. It was a really good story and pleasure to listen to.


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    Elissa 12-20-14
    Elissa 12-20-14
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    "Poetry in the novel"

    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.

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    Jillian 12-08-14
    Jillian 12-08-14
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    "Can I just move to the South please!"
    Where does Looking for Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Looking for Me?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Tonya Conway, AR, United States 08-17-14
    Tonya Conway, AR, United States 08-17-14
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    "Charming story w/beautiful characters & narrator."
    What made the experience of listening to Looking for Me the most enjoyable?

    I felt a part of the story. Took a little piece of my heart and I found myself rooting for the main characters and appreciated their interactions, hopes and dreams.


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

    All of them.


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    Marian La Palma, CA, United States 08-06-14
    Marian La Palma, CA, United States 08-06-14

    Avid listener ! Sucker for romance and memoirs

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    "Beth Hoffman + Jenna lamia = PERFECT COMBINATION"

    If the narrator is Jenna lamia . I definitely have to buy the book !!!! She can turn the book into a great listen even if the story isn't that great .

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