In Beth Hoffman’s trademark Southern charm she weaves a beautifully written and told story of family, love, loss, and hope in her newest novel Looking For Me. Beth is a natural born storyteller and in this story she incorporates her own love of animals and antiquing through her main character Teddi and in doing this she has created characters that burrow their way into your heart and stay there.
Teddi knew from a young age what she wanted to do with her life. She wanted to own her own shop and restore furniture as she could see the beauty and history in the old and damaged pieces. Coming from a farm in Kentucky it didn’t seem feasible and her mother never failed to point that out to her but her dad secretly supported her dream of the freedom to do what she wanted. While selling a piece of her furniture on the side of the road one day Teddi meets an antiques dealer from Charleston and this man is someone who will end up changing the course of her life.
Needless to say Teddi eventually makes it to Charleston and realizes her dreams. She has a career that she loves, some great friends, and even a romantic interest in Sam but still there is something missing. Her brother Josh. Even though he disappeared years ago after a fight at home Teddi has never given up the hope that he is still alive somewhere. Teddi has left notes for him in the woods around their property in Kentucky for years and when signs begin to emerge that he may be alive she is determined to find out for sure once and for all.
I was lucky to have both a print copy and an audiobook of Looking For Me. I read half of the book before the audio showed up and what did I do – well I started all over of course! The audiobook is beautifully narrated by Jenna Lamia who has such a captivating voice and told this story in the perfect Southern tone. It was an absolute joy to listen to her and she really brought this wonderful book alive for me. Looking For Me is a great story in all aspects. You have a little bit of mystery, a little bit of romance, and a whole lot of heart. I can guarantee you will fall in love with Teddi and all the other quirky and great characters in this book. Most of all you will fall for this story which will entrance you from the very first page right through to the moment you have to turn that last page and feel the sorrow of a favorite read being over.
Beth’s books are comfort reads for me. I know when I have one in my hands that I need to get into my favorite chair with the dog and a cup of coffee because I’ll be there until I’m finished it. There are some books that just deeply touch your heart and Looking For Me is one of them. It’s at the top of my favorites list for this year and believe me it’s a must read folks!
GIVEAWAY DETAILS (Int’l)
I just happen to have an extra ARC copy of Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman to share with all of you and as it’s my own copy the giveaway will be open internationally. To enter…
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This giveaway is open Internationally and I will draw for the winner on June 3/13. Good luck!
Source: Review copy of printed book and audiobook was received from the author. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.