Saturday, May 18, 2013

Review: Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books (May 28 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670025836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670025831

Book Description

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’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.

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.

My Review

What a beautifully written, glorious piece of literature.  I loved Looking For Me.  I wondered how Beth Hoffman could write another novel that would compare to Saving CeeCee Honneycutt but she has.

This is story of love, of friendship and of family.  And of the delights that we can find in these relationships as well as the sorrow.  Hoffman's love of Charleston and of Kentucky shines through her writing directly into your heart.  You want to immerse yourself in Charleston with its lovely old buildings, its elegance, and its charm.

You can feel the deep love Teddi has for her brother Josh.  It's a love defines her character. She will stop at nothing when she thinks she may have a chance to see her brother. You can feel her desperation.

Beth Hoffman is an enticing author whose wonderful writing keeps you from putting this book down. I highly recommend Looking For Me. It publishes on May 28th.

1 comment:

  1. What a surprise to come across your blog this morning. Thank you so much for reading my new novel and for your wonderful review! I'm delighted that you enjoyed Teddi's story.