Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman

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...confusingly mingles a charming Southern-girl romance with a weighty mystery. The romance resolves predictably, yet the mystery leaves far too many loose threads.
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A Southern novel of family and antiques from the bestselling author of the beloved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

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 as they have with Adriana Trigiani, Fannie Flagg, and Joshilyn Jackson.
 

About Beth Hoffman

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BETH HOFFMAN was the president and co-owner of a major interior design studio in Cincinnati before turning to writing full-time. She lives with her husband and two cats in a quaint historic district in Newport, Kentucky. This is her first novel.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by Penguin Books. 369 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on Mar 16 2013

...confusingly mingles a charming Southern-girl romance with a weighty mystery. The romance resolves predictably, yet the mystery leaves far too many loose threads.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Autumn Markus on May 28 2013

...tales proceed at a languid pace, and family shines centrally. Ms. Hoffman tics off each of these from the list. Unfortunately, what is missed is a compelling narrative storyline making the trip worthwhile in the first place.

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