Finally! Beth Hoffman’s new novel, Looking for Me, comes out today! Beth is the author of the international bestselling Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt was our Top Book of 2010– review of CeeCee is here. Beth has firmly cemented herself at the top of all Southern Fiction Writers with Looking For Me. Perhaps the only negative we can say is that we wish Beth wrote faster so we did not have to wait as long for her new books. Consider this book a step above fiction- it is fine literature!
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. 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. Looking for Me brilliantly melds together themes of family, hope, loss, and a mature once-in-a-lifetime kind of love.”
Beth Hoffman excels (to put it mildly) in her most descriptive writing. A few quotes we loved:
“Some people run toward life, arms flung wide in anticipation. Others crack open the door and take a one-eyed peek to see what’s out there.”
“For most of my life, I had hoped my mother would see me. That one day she’d open her eyes and, as if a rush of sinlight had poured into a darkened room, she’d see who I was, not the shadow of what I wasn’t. “
“Sometimes it’s not what we hold on to that shapes our lives- it’s what we’re willing to let go of.”
“Never tied your happiness to the tail of someone else’s kite.”
“My mother used to say that each day was a gift and how we chose to unwrap it would determine our happiness.”
Looking For Me is a work of art that is not to be missed.
Penguin Group provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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