Jun 3, 2013

Review: Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman

I'll admit that I was ridiculously late in reading Beth's first book, SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT, but once I read, and fell in love with it, I vowed never to put off reading another of Beth Hoffman's books. So imagine how happy I was to be one of the lucky ones to receive an advance copy of LOOKING FOR ME. It was the highlight of my spring!

About the Book:
(No Spoilers Included)

LOOKING FOR ME is the story of a Kentucky family, told by Teddi Overman, the oldest daughter of two hardworking parents and sister to her younger brother, Josh. Teddi Overman knew what she wanted to do with her life as a young girl when she discovered her love of old furniture. She'd find old pieces from just about anywhere, take them home, fix them up and sell them on the side of the road. Much to her mother's dismay, Teddi packed up and moved to Charleston, South Carolina right after high school graduation to work at an antique shop where both her passion and talent grew larger and larger.

Through the years Teddi builds a good life for herself in Charleston and is quite successful but there is a sadness deep within Teddi that never goes away and that same sadness has taken hold of her parents as well. That sadness is the loss of Josh, her younger brother, who disappeared when he was seventeen, never to be heard from again. Though he is presumed dead, Teddi has a hard time accepting it and she can't help feel that her mother blames her for his disappearance. It has caused a deep sore spot between the two.  Teddi feels that if she could just get her mother to talk to her, it might make things better, but it's hard for her to even bring up Josh's name to her mother.

My Thoughts:

I'm not exaggerating when I tell you I fell in love with this book after reading the first chapter. Even the first page! What was glaringly obvious to me was how beautiful the writing was. Beth Hoffman swept me away with her lovely prose and I knew right away I was in for a real treat. When I read this book, I lost myself in it, completely tuning out everything that was going on around me.

Everything about this book was spot on, in my opinion. The storyline, the characters, and also the locations - both the family farm in Kentucky and Teddi's new hometown of Charleston only made this story richer. I know I'm gushing, but I can't help it. This is the type of book that I absolutely love. Learning about Josh and his love of wildlife, especially the birds, really touched me and left me with lumps in my throat. It was just a lovely, endearing book that I enjoyed immensely.  Not since Jayne Pupek's amazing TOMATO GIRL have I been so moved by a book. LOOKING FOR ME ranks right up there. This is the highest quality of Southern Fiction.  It was obvious to me that this story came from a deep place and I thought it was amazing. If you are in a book club, you definitely want to add this to your selections list! I can hardly wait to see what Ms. Beth Hoffman will give us in her next book. I'd like to thank Beth for providing me with my advanced copy. I will treasure it always!

Author: Beth Hoffman
Publisher: Pamela Dorman books
Published: May 28, 2013
Length: 368 pp
Source: Author provided review copy
Recommend? ABSOLUTELY!!!


  1. Oh my gosh! I just flew in to San Diego where I'll have several author events, and when I opened my computer and saw your review, I could hardly believe it! Thank you so, so much for reading my new novel and for your truly wonderful review ... I'm delighted that you loved Teddi's story!

  2. "The highest quality of Southern Fiction" is what caught my eye. At some point I am going to have to read one of her books.

  3. I've just started this book but I'm loving it already. I can understand your being addicted after the first page!

  4. Lisa, I loved it too. Beth is a wonderful story teller, isn't she?

  5. I loved it as well. I'd be surprised to find anyone who didn't. I think Beth's personality shines through in her beautiful writing.

  6. Thank you for your wonderful review, Lisa! Just moved this up on my TBR list.

  7. I'm only a quarter of the way through this book, and I'm loving it. I've heard nothing but good things about it.

  8. Here I thought I had left you a comment when I realized it was on GR!! I so agree with you about Tomato Girl and I think I loved this one more than CeeCee . I so want to read them both again and I might just do that this summer!

  9. I loved this book as well!! I didn't want it to end and can't wait for Beth's next book! I loved CeeCee but I think I may love this one more. I loved Tomato Girl as well!!


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