“…[T]onight, as I gazed into the dense woods, I took in a slow breath and gratefully accepted whatever offering might come my way. I thought about that old saying, how we can never go home again. But I think it’s more like a piece of us stays behind when we leave–a piece we can never reclaim, one that awaits our next visit and demands that we remember.” Beth Hoffman, LOOKING FOR ME
From the 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.
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.”
When I read Beth Hoffman’s SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT in 2010, I fell in love with her vivid prose, engaging southern style, and memorable characters, so I couldn’t wait to read her new novel LOOKING FOR ME. I was every bit as charmed and touched by this book, and I will forever be a fan of Hoffman.
LOOKING FOR ME is a layered novel. Multiple time periods and story lines keep the reader turning pages, but it is its themes of nature and family, past and present, and restoration that make the book resonate so deeply. From a battered old chest, to the forgotten elderly, to abused animals, Hoffman invites the reader to look deeply in places from which we sometimes turn away to see their true value and worth. Through tender care of others, Hoffman’s characters touch our hearts and invest us in their struggles and triumphs. After reading LOOKING FOR ME, there is a lot in the world that I will never look at the in the same way.
If you enjoy heartwarming and realistic family stories that span decades, I highly recommend LOOKING FOR ME. For more on Beth Hoffman, visit her website: http://bethhoffman.net/books