Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman

looking for me

  • Title:  Looking For Me
  • Author:  Beth Hoffman
  • Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
  • Published:  May 28, 2013 – Pamela Dorman Books
  • Source:  Review copy from the author

Synopsis (publisher):  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.

My take:  Looking for Me is the story of Teddi Overman, a woman who found her talent for restoring furniture as a young teen and made it her life’s work. With love and great care she gives cast aside pieces a second chance.  That theme repeats in the lives of a few characters – most notably Teddi’s best friend, her brother Josh and a man who reminds her of Josh, Gabe. Whether furniture, old books, or animals, they repair the broken down for another chance at life. The novel is filled with great characters – Teddi’s coworkers, friends, and relatives. I enjoyed each one.

What I loved most about Teddi was her kindness and compassion for pretty much anything or anyone. She had such a pure heart and optimistic spirit and saw the good in everyone. And yet she was human – she had her limits when people pushed her. I’d want to be her friend. The goodness she sent out to people in her world came back to her time and again.

I had such a good feeling while reading Looking For Me that I didn’t want to say goodbye to Teddi and her world. It’s a story filled with heartbreak, friendship, love, mystery and so much more. It is one of those books I know I’ll read again and I rarely do that. I hope you’ll read it soon.

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37 thoughts on “Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman

  1. Mary, you have to stop putting this great book on your blog.. My tbr shelves are going to explode… But hey what’s one more book on the pile… I am going to get this book for sure. Thanks for always recommending such great books.

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  2. I loved this book too and Teddi was such a great character. I’m still thinking about the story and I finished it a while back already. I listened to the audio and I will definitely be listening to it again.

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    • Color me green, Stacy! I’m hoping she’ll make it to my area when the book is out in paperback. I met her on the CeeCee tour but that store has closed. Enjoy the event!

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  3. A book worthy of a re-read? I must. have. I have Saving CeeCee Honeycutt on my shelves and STILL haven’t gotten to it even though it’s supposed to be fab as well! Thanks for the great review; I love a book that leaves me feeling great.

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  4. I just finished this delightful book. Another terrific book by Beth Hoffman. While reading the author’s web site, I saw a quote from your review. What fun! Hope you’re having a wonderful summer, Mary!

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    • Leslie, I had no idea! Thank you for letting me know! I’m having a great summer. Just got home from Maine yesterday. Sigh. I wasn’t ready to come home but all vacations must come to an end 😉 Hope you’re enjoying summer as well!

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