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What a beautiful read. Was wrapped up in the story from the first page and felt like I knew the main characters personally.
I’ve been in another world for a couple of days now – the world of Teddi Overman. I entered her world in rural Kentucky when she was a senior in high school, earning some money by finding “junk” furniture and refinishing / painting it and selling it on the roadside. Teddi had a gift for finding good stuff and a vision for what she could turn it into. Teddi was from a farm family, with her mother, father, grandmother and brother all living in the same house. Her younger brother Josh pretty much lived in the woods around their farm, studying and spending time with all the wild creatures that lived there. He wanted to be a forest ranger and protect the wild areas. Beth Hoffman’s writing drew me deeply into their lives. Through Teddi’s eyes I saw them grow and change, and the world change around them. Teddi left home and went to Charleston to pursue her dream of restoring antiques and selling them, but she made it back to rural Kentucky as often as she could as her roots were deep there. Josh’s work to protect the animals grew stronger and some of his choices put him outside “normal” society. And then he disappeared. “Looking for Me” is a well-written novel about family love, loss and change, about taking risks and growing into the adults we want to become. I grew quite fond of the quirky people who inhabit this story. I laughed and cried while reading this book (not always the best thing to do when in public…). If you’re ready to explore lives and choices you might not make for yourself, but that are fitting for the characters in this book, it’s time to read it. Complex, full of life, love and pain, reading this book can help your heart grow.
Loved this book. Great characters and an intriguing storyline. Very well written. I will definitely be looking for more books by this author. Southern type book but not the typical formula type. Was sorry when it ended, I wanted to go on reading.
This is a gem of a novel. Although it is accurately listed as a "Southern novel", it is not that sappy, cliche-driven story that is often portrayed as "Southern". Hoffman is a master story-teller as well as a gifted writer. There are sentences to savor on every page. I can't wait to read her first novel and will look forward to anything she puts on paper!
"By the best-selling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt." Fiction A to Z December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=711899
Loved this book. There are reasons that things are happening in Teddi life. From her brother, Josh who she keeps looking for, the secrets that are finally answered and the love that she has been waiting for. Beth Hoffman is a one of a kind author.
I liked this book and the characters. The mother was not a happy person, but we all make our happiness. I recommend this book to those who like stories about families.
This is a slow gentle story that meanders all over the place. For those who enjoy character over action.
I did not enjoy this book as much as I
did her first novel. It took me a long
time and quite a few chapters to really
get into the book.
Great storyline and characters. Takes place in Charleston and in Kentucky.