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Looking for Me: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Beth Hoffman
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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.


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From Booklist

Theodora Teddie Overman runs a successful antiques shop, filling her days with restoration projects and buying trips. But she’s having a hard time filling the hole in her heart left by her younger brother, who ran away from home and disappeared at age 17—now presumed dead—to live in the wilderness. Teddie was never close to her family, having left home shortly after high-school graduation, determined to make it in the antiques world rather than attend the boring secretarial school her mother had in mind. Now in her midthirties, Teddie misses the chance to reconcile with her estranged mother and becomes obsessed with finding her brother after all these years. Along the way, she finds love and comes to terms with her childhood. 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. --Rebecca Vnuk

Review

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."
Publishers Weekly

"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."
Booklist

"If you want a charming look at Charleston, a do-it-yourself book on the intricacies and value of furniture restoration, or some evocative reminiscence about good Kentucky home cooking, then LOOKING FOR ME is the book for you. In fact, somewhere in the midst of Beth Hoffman’s pages of this discovery-of-self novel about a young woman named Theodora Overman, you’ll probably want to take a break, head to a nearby yard sale, and pick up a treasure or two of your own to refurbish."
Bookreporter.com

“After reading Looking for Me, you’ll never think of Emily Dickinson’s line, 'Hope is the thing with feathers' in quite the same way again. Sure to be a big hitand to spark fabulous conversations with friends and book clubs.”
Claire Cook, New York Times bestselling author of Time Flies

Praise for Saving CeeCee Honeycutt:

“Anyone in need of a Southern-girl-power fix will find [Saving CeeCee Honeycutt] engaging.”
People

“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 Fly Away

“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 The Lemon Orchard

“Charming, disarming, sweet as the scent of magnolias on a Southern summer night.”

Mary Kay Andrews, bestselling author of Ladies' Night

“A Southern charmer.”

Publishers Weekly

“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)


Product Details

  • File Size: 1347 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (May 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFPVNQ0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story June 9, 2013
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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First, I was NOT given the book for an "honest review". I have been plagued with too many duds as it is becoming harder and harder to sift through the Amazon reviews. The background story is well presented in the previous reviews so I will just say this is the best story I have read in a long time. It's not often that I hang onto every word, savoring the story as it unfolds. The author is absolutely wonderful with the descriptive, written word. She balanced the story-telling, in both the past and present, masterfully. As readers, we are very subjective in what we enjoy and what we don't but I cannot over-emphasize how much I enjoyed reading this story. Some reviewers have commented on the likelihood of the storyline involving the brother but I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't read as questionable to me. The multiple story lines converged nicely, no bad language and the descriptions the author used enabled me to envision that I was right there along side of the characters. That's my definition of a good book.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Repairing The Broken, And Loving The Lost May 28, 2013
Format:Hardcover
Looking For Me is the new Novel by Beth Hoffman. It is the follow up to her bestseller Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. I was completely smitten with Cee Cee. Many of the characters sprinkled throughout this phenomenal debut novel, still live in my heart.
Having said that, Looking For Me is better. It's also different. It drills down deep into a multi-layered, complex story, one that unfolds in non-linear layers, the way our dreams sit alongside our memories, but each chapter places you perfectly along the arc of the tale being told.
Looking For Me is the story of a broken family, each one carrying a scar. At the center of the story is a brother and sister, Teddi and Josh. Teddi's passion is antiques. She sees the beauty in things that are broken, and forgotten. This drives the way she sees the world. Especially, her brother Josh.
Josh holds a connection and communion with nature and animals that no one can explain. At one point, Teddi asks him about it and he calls it an "Awakening." Josh is between the worlds, the one that everyone else sees and the world only he can see. He lives in the silence between the whispers.
From the moment Josh was first brought home from the hospital, Teddi's saw him as a gift. That never changed. She treasured him and always sought to protect him. However, like everyone else she didn't fully understand him, even though she was in awe of him.
The story hinges on one day. Thanksgiving. It began with a fallen feather, and a message. It ends with violence, and a family that would never return to the innocence of that morning. At the end of that night's events, Josh disappears into the woods and never returns.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating and Unforgettable Novel! May 28, 2013
Format:Hardcover
'Looking For Me' is a beautifully written novel that weaves the power of family and a love of antiques in the Southern U.S. The story revolves around the leading character of Teddi Overman as she finds beauty in other people's cast off furniture, turning junk into priceless treasures that other people can appreciate. She carves out a nice niche for herself and her shop in Charleston, meeting interesting customers and making great friends along the way. After learning that her brother, Josh, might still be alive after years of searching, Teddi decides to make the trip home to Kentucky. While there, Teddi must learn what to hold on to and what to let go, as well as coming to terms with her family and with herself.

This was a captivating story that deals with several important topics, but was told in a lyrical and uplifting way. The book deals with family, love, loss, finding yourself, and the mysterious ways that life can impact us when we least expect it. The characters were very well rounded and had unique personalities and quirks that made each one unforgettable for the reader. The setting, both in Charleston and in Kentucky, is told in vivid detail and rich descriptions - so much that I could easily imagine myself beside Teddi throughout the novel. The beauty of this book comes from the intricate details, personal insights, and imaginative voices of the people within. It speaks volumes about the true nature of people and how we all deal with tough issues in life. It's easy to reflect on our own lives after reading about Teddi and her journey home in Kentucky, and I relished each moment that the author gave us in the book. The writing was superb and shows the intelligence and immense talent that has made the author a bestseller.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait! May 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Back in the summer of 2010, I read and reviewed Beth Hoffman's Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, saying, "I will be eagerly anticipating the next story to come from her lovely imagination." I had no idea that it would take almost three years to see what Beth's next story would be, but I am so very happy to say that it was worth the wait.

I have had several authors read and comment on my blog - usually when I have just read and reviewed their book, or when they have a book about to come out. Beth is one of the only authors who continued to read and comment on my blog during all those long years between books, and I have come to appreciate her kind spirit and lovely words. Of course, that made agreeing to review her latest book a bit of a sticky proposition: what if I didn't like it? I'm so glad that my fears were completely unfounded.

Teddi is one of those characters that I simply loved. Her relationship with her brother Josh especially touched me, as I've always wondered what it would be like to have a brother. (I have three amazing sisters.) Josh is a unique character; he is a bit other-worldly, something even those around him notice and acknowledge. His connection to the land of Kentucky, where Teddi and he grew up, is so strong that he is completely bound to that piece of the earth, and to its creatures.

During the course of the book, Teddi comes to some realizations about herself, her relationship with her mother, and the disappearance of her brother. Her journey is so real, and each character who walks alongside her is a joy as well. The characters breathed their existence onto the pages, showing me who they were and helping to reveal who Teddi was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars purchased for book club. Her books are very interesting ...
purchased for book club. Her books are very interesting.
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I have read and re-read this book. Passed it along to others. We all have the same thought--EXCELLENT!!!
Published 15 days ago by J. Dillon
3.0 out of 5 stars You might want to buy an antique
The story isn't about antiques but is central to the main character Teddi. An easy read with a heartwarming story about a family; especially the sister and brother.
Published 24 days ago by M. Standish
5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy to Read
I loved reading this book. The author does a great job of describing both Charleston and the Kentucky countryside. Read more
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Beautifully written story. Kept my interest throughout and answered all my questions with a resolution at the end.
Published 26 days ago by Essie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read dissecting the complcations of family relationships and...
Wonderful read dissecting the complcations of family relationships and following your own path. Relatable characters reconciling a mother's wishes with a child's dreams. Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Sammy Sutton Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Attention Jodi Piccoult and Elizabeth Berg fans. Here's another good...
This book was really good. Characters were good and it had an interesting mystery too. The setting was different, about a woman with her own antiques/ furniture refinishing... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jjkaiser
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring....uninteresting....
Having loved CeeCee Honeycutt, I was very disappointed with this novel and almost did not finish it. Read more
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More About the Author

Twelve days after Beth Hoffman's first novel was published, she became a New York Times bestselling author with foreign rights selling to publishers in Italy, Germany, France, Poland, Norway, Hungary, Indonesia, Korea, Israel, and the United Kingdom.

Before beginning her writing career, Beth was the president and co-owner of an interior design studio. An artist as well as an award-winning designer, her paintings are displayed in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

Beth's interests include the rescue of abandoned and abused animals, nature conservancy, birding, historic preservation, and antiquing. She lives, along with her husband and two very smart cats, in a quaint historic district in Northern Kentucky.


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