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Looking for Me Hardcover – May 28 2013
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Praise for Looking for Me:
"Hoffman's novel of a woman putting the pieces of her family's secrets together combines a deep dramatic impact with Southern charm."
"Hoffman has a good ear for dialogue, and Teddie and her friends are realistic, appealing characters. Perfect for fans of family-centered women’s fiction, this book will have special appeal to readers interested in antiques and 'shabby chic' style."
Praise for Saving CeeCee Honeycutt:
“Anyone in need of a Southern-girl-power fix will find [Saving CeeCee Honeycutt] engaging.”
“A peach of a novel.”
—Ladies’ Home Journal
“SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT is an absolutely delightful debut novel packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart. From the moment you first step into young CeeCee's unique world, you'll never want to leave.”
—Kristin Hannah, bestselling author of Home Front and Night Road
“This book unfolds like a lush southern garden, blooming with vivid characters, beauty, and surprises.”
—Kim Edwards, bestselling author of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
“I barely stopped laughing, even as my heart broke and broke again for CeeCee . . . Beth Hoffman has written her heart out in this novel that will clearly be the first of many.”
—Luanne Rice, bestselling author of Little Night and The Silver Boat
“Charming, disarming, sweet as the scent of magnolias on a Southern summer night.”
—Mary Kay Andrews, bestselling author of Summer Rental and Spring Fever
“A Southern charmer.”
“Exemplifying Southern storytelling at its best, this coming-of-age novel is sure to be a hit with the book clubs that adopted Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
About the Author
Beth Hoffman was the president and co-owner of an interior design studio in Cincinnati before becoming a full-time writer. Looking for Me is her second novel. Her debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and paperback. She lives with her husband and two cats in northern Kentucky.
Top Customer Reviews
The story of Teddi Overman, from her earliest years to adulthood, and a bit beyond, a story of a woman who is smart and strong and driven, but still tied deeply to her family's roots in rural Kentucky. Though driven from an early age to follow her passion for restoring and finishing furniture and antiques, she is haunted by a family tragedy, a mystery that changes her life and her family forever.
A story with small joys and precious moments, sadness and misunderstandings, and a chance to claim a life for herself if she is willing to reach for it, Teddi is a narrator that it is impossible to dislike. She is so very human, and so very real and grounded, yet she still believes in the magic and wonder of the world.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and give full credit to Beth Hoffman's masterful crafting of a well paced story full of people you feel you already know so well, and many you just wish you could meet. I highly recommend this novel to those who love to read with passion, and those that still love to be surprised by what a book can do for your heart -- how it can make it ache and how it can make you whole at the same time.
**This review is based on a copy received via a Goodreads, First Reads giveaway. The honest opinions and comments expressed are my own and are in no way influenced by Goodreads, The Publisher, or the Author.**
Viking USA|May 28, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-670-02583-1
A Southern novel of family and antiques from the bestselling author of the beloved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.
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.
Teddi Overman found her life' 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.Read more ›
Sad but heartwarming.
A very quick read - partly because you don't want to put it down.
Hoffman is a word wizard. Her prose is truly simple, yet so lyrical. The end result is an effortless read, with an extraordinary impact. Many times I re-read sentences in utter wonder. Vivid and unforgettable in prose, plot and character, Looking For Me will not be easily forgotten.
"Never tie your happiness to the end of someone else's kite." I cannot tell you how much I adore this line. And it's just one of many incredible words Hoffman has strung together to weave this fabulous tale.
Looking For Me combines so much of what I love in life - and a novel - from nature, to antiques, to complicated family dynamics and a relatable, down-to-earth, woman who has some growth to do. I adored Teddi Overman. I wish she lived near me. I wish she was real. I wanted to walk into her shop. Yes, this book felt incredibly real. I felt present when I read this novel and wanted to wander into the lives of these characters and have a glass of wine.
This novel is not an explosive read, but rather bobs along gently with flashbacks and present day story. It is done so well that I barely noticed when we had flipped into a reverie. I loved the ‘leg up’ and ‘pay it forward’ theme and really appreciated that it is subtly done and not a knock you over the head kind of lesson.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Captivating read if not a little unbelievable. I was left with an unfinished feeling maybe a sequel is coming. Very honeycut by Beth Hoffman is way better.Published 1 month ago by Jesschuk
This book disappointed me. The characters are flat. Teddi is perfect, she has no flaws in her character and I couldn't relate to her. She was not human to me. Read morePublished 17 months ago by A from Canada