Looking for Me
Looking for Me
By Beth Hoffman
Pamela Dorman Books, Hardcover, 9780670025831, 354pp.
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
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.
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.” —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)