Publication Date: 28th May 2013
Pages: 354 - 12hrs 14mins
Book Source: Own audio purchase
Narrator: Jenna Lamia
Synopsis: 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.
It's times like this I wish I was a writer so I could eloquently express just how Beth's writing makes me feel, how it touches, comforts and warms the heart.
I adored Saving CeeCee Honeycut, and I shouldn't be surprised that Beth has outdone herself with Looking For Me but how is it possible for me, all the way over here in Australia to feel like I belong in the south, in Teddi's circle of friends?
Whenever I teased Oliva and called her a junkaholic, she'd lift her chin and fire back, "And you are a furniture slut. I swear, you just about drop your panties for any old walnut chest that comes your way."
Then we'd both laugh at the truth of it.
Beth Hoffman has a gift, for storytelling, for emotionally engaging readers and tugging on their heartstrings. The beauty of Looking For Me lies in it's honesty and simplicity. I laughed, I cried, I loved and I didn't want to leave.
I love this piece of wisdom from Teddi's mum - "Never tie your happiness to the tail of someone else's kite."
Turning toward the window, I looked into the morning sky, so blue and bright with the promise of a new day. I wanted to rip it down and throw it away. I wanted black clouds, thunder, and unforgiving winds.
I wanted the world to hurt like I did.
Recommend: 110% YES ... Looking For Me is pure delight!
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