Author: Beth Hoffman
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books, May 28, 2013
Genre: Southern Literature
Format: A review copy on my kindle and an audiobook, read by Jenna Lamia
My Rating: A+
Some people have a gift for picking quality friends and some people have a gift for creating quality fictional characters. Only a special few have the ability to create fictional characters that become the reader’s good friends. Beth Hoffman is that kind of writer.
It’s been two years since I read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt but I still wonder how Cee Cee, Aunt Tottie and Oletta are doing. Now I’m going to be thinking the same thing about Teddi, Josh and all the other friends I just met..
Looking For Me is the story of Teddi Overman and her family and friends. At the age of 10 she rescued an old chair out of a ditch and dragged it back to her family farm. From that point on she discovered a passion for saving and beautifying old furniture.
Weaving in and around Teddi’s story is her younger brother Josh’s story. He had his own passion and a gift for rescuing injured birds, animals and caring for nature. He felt completely at home in the Kentucky forest surrounding the farm.
By the time Teddi graduated from high school her dream to have her own antique shop was in full bloom. She moved to Charleston, South Carolina, apprenticed with a master craftsman, and eventually had her own antique shop.
When Josh graduated he disappeared in the Red River Gorge area. A large number of people searched for him but, over time, most people were convinced he was dead. Teddi, in her heart, believes he is still alive.
As Teddi struggles to makes a successful life for herself in Charleston, she gathers friends and co-workers as her family. When her parents die she must decide what to do with the family farm. Her ties to Kentucky are still strong, especially when she discovers clues to Josh’s presence.
I’ll stop telling you the story here. I want you to experience it for yourself. I read this book on my Kindle and on my iPod via the audiobook version. My midwestern accent in my head wasn’t working for me. I knew this book should be read with a southern accent. From the very beginning of the audiobook, I had what I wanted. Jenna Lamia, the reader, was perfect in the voice of Teddi as well as the other characters. She is the same reader who did Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. If you have a choice, read it via the audiobook.
My other suggestion is that you allow yourself plenty of time to relish the novel. Looking For Me is a heartwarming and beautiful southern novel. Take your time and really enjoy it.