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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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  • 09-24-13

Awesome narration, great book!

This book was not a typical read that I could predict. There were twist and turns that held my interest. I found myself antsy to get in my car waiting to hear the next few chapters on my way to work!

Teddi was a real character, down home, loving, smart, courageous, and determined to say the least. She had a great family, yet they had their issues - minor ones, but issues none the less.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the South, the East Coast, the accents, antiques, and old history.

I am not from the East Coast, but these are kind of books I search for the most.

Loved it! Beth Hoffman wrote Cee Cee Honeycutt and I thoroughly enjoyed that book as well!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Stunning narration

After listening to Jenna Lamia's narration, I can't imagine why anyone would want to read this book rather than listen to it. Lamia steals the show and brings each character to life with brilliance and sincerity. Her voice is remarkably versatile, and even the male voices are believable. I cannot praise her performance enough.

The story itself is a bit slow and somewhat anti-climactic, but to be perfectly honest, with Lamia's narration you don't feel it - I started listening to this on a rainy Sunday and stayed home the entire day listening until it ended.

The worst part about experiencing such an amazing performance is finding a follow-up book. It seems like everything else will feel somewhat disappointing.

In case I haven't gotten the point through, this book is awesome. Highly recommended!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Well, I learned more about antiques...

...and refinishing or restoring them that I knew before which was probably the most interesting part of the book. Seriously, I really enjoyed those parts--any of the parts of the book that had to do with the main character's store was good.

Other parts: totally unbelievable. The whole brother thing was ridiculous. And I was I don't know how many hours in when it occurred to me that maybe the main character was a 40-yr-old virgin? I don't read romance so I wasn't looking for that, but leaving out even a mention of a boyfriend (or girlfriend) in her life EVER? Not long after that, however, she gets a boyfriend.

I like the author's first novel but I struggled to finish this one.

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  • Lorna
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 11-15-13

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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My favorite female reader

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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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How do you say "blah" with a southern accent

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I got through 2 1/2 hours and couldn't bear it anymore. I suppose if you enjoy simple stories without much plot to disturb, you might enjoy this listen. I do appreciate good southern literature but this is all southern accent with no depth. It might get better if I soldiered on, but there are far too many good stories out there and my patience has run short.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The story was just OK

I loved Looking for Cecee Honeycutt and absolutely adore this narrator. So, I decided to give this book a try. I found myself bored and daydreaming through it. I love the authors style of writing though, just, this story was a little flat for me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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It was okay

Not much interesting happens in this book. The missing brother was pretty far fetched.. Who does that to their family? A psychopath maybe.?

Sam and his mother were interesting. Was okay. Nothing exciting but okay.

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  • Marie
  • Arlington, TN, United States
  • 12-14-14

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful