Review and Giveaway: LOOKING FOR ME

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“…[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.”

My Recommendation:

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.

The novel releases on April 29th in paperback, and I am giving away a copy to one lucky winner (US only, please.) To enter, please comment below by Monday, April 28th at 9 PM EST, and spread the word on social media.

For more on Beth Hoffman, visit her website: http://bethhoffman.net/books

 

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22 thoughts on “Review and Giveaway: LOOKING FOR ME

  1. janinecatmom says:

    This sounds like a really good book. It’s on my list to be read.

  2. Lavinia Sparkman says:

    Looking forward to reading this novel!! I will spread the word to my Book Club.

  3. Lynne Hugo says:

    What a beautifully written review. Thanks for this introduction to Beth’s work. I’ll pursue it.

  4. Cindy Stephens says:

    I can’t wait to read this book!!

  5. I would love a free copy. I am especialll interested in Southern fiction. Thanks.

  6. Stephanie S. says:

    Wonderful! I’ve been wanting to read this since it came out in hardback last year.

  7. Beth Hoffman says:

    This is a big surprise. Thank you so much for offering a giveaway, Erika. You are one in a million, not only for your superb writing and storytelling skills, but for your incredible support of fellow authors.

  8. girlparker says:

    Isn’t Beth Hoffman the best? CEECEE will forever be in my heart. Tweeting your giveaway now. =)

  9. Darcie Morin says:

    So excited for this book!!! Looks awesome!!

  10. dollyj007 says:

    I adored SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT, it’s one of my most-recommended books; I’m looking forward to LOOKING FOR ME. Thank you for the review & giveaway.

  11. Deb Wingert says:

    Oh boy Erika, NOW I have TWO books to add to my “Want to Read” list! 😀

  12. I loved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, and this book is just as wonderful.

  13. JJT says:

    Can’t wait to read Looking for Me. Thank you for the giveaway

  14. Rhonda says:

    Been reading rave reviews would love to read it.

  15. Pamela says:

    I am looking forward to reading Looking For Me..it’s on my ” Want to Read”list!

  16. KATHLEEN BIANCHI says:

    I like the idea of having to decide what to let go of and what to keep.And mentioning that the themes of family, hope, loss and a once in a lifetime kind of love. Sounds like a great book, one to snuggle up with and I bet there are pages that make you cry..

  17. Judy Fohlin says:

    Today is my anniversary and what a gift it would be to win “Looking for Me” by inspiring author Beth Hoffman.

  18. Can’t wait to read this!

  19. brooklynbird says:

    Love Beth Hoffman’s writing and would love a copy of “Looking for Me.”

  20. Love Beth’s writing style! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  21. Love Beth’s writing style! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  22. erikarobuck says:

    Thank you all so much for participating! Random.Org has chosen Rhonda! Congratulations!!

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