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Review: Looking For Me

June 11, 2013

Looking For Me

Even though there was an underlying sadness to her mother, Teddi Overman has a fairly normal childhood in rural Kentucky.  Teddi discovers she has a passion for old things and finds that she has a knack for restoring them while her younger brother, Josh, knows that his passion is for animals and nature.  After high school, Teddi heads to Charleston to pursue her dreams and shortly afterward, Josh disappears, leaving Teddi haunted by the loss.

Several years later something happens that makes Teddi believe that maybe, just maybe, Josh is still alive.  While she tries to figure things out, she learns a few things about her parents that makes her understand them better.  Digging into her past might be just what Teddi needs to move forward in her future.

I was lucky enough to meet Beth Hoffman when she was touring for her first book, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, and have considered her a friend ever since, so while I’ve been excited that she has a new book out, I’ve also been a little nervous.  What if I didn’t like it?  After all, her first book is a personal favorite – I recommend it to people all the time.  I put off reading her latest book, Looking For Me, until I decided that I just wouldn’t say anything if I didn’t like it.  Well, it turns out, I did all that worrying for nothing!  I’m happy to tell you Beth Hoffman does not suffer from sophomore slump – she’s got another winner in this wonderful book.

Told in the first person in the present day, with flashbacks to the past, Looking For Me is truly Teddi’s story.  Teddi is a fabulous character – she’s sincere, kind, passionate, and loyal – much like Beth.  I suspect there’s a lot of the author in this character and that’s why she’s so appealing.  You can’t read this book and not fall in love with Teddi and root for her along the way.

Great characters alone aren’t enough for me, though, and I’m happy to report there’s a great story in this book as well.  Teddi searches for answers in order to figure out her place in the world so this almost reads like a coming of age story.  There’s a hint of mystery thrown in and just enough twists to keep readers flipping the pages to get to the marvelous ending.  Looking For Me is sure to be on my list of favorites for the year!

Review copy provided by the author.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
41 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2013 4:22 am

    I love this cover! 🙂 I guess I’ll have to read the first book before this one though, lol… I like a coming of age type story as well, glad you liked this!

  2. June 11, 2013 6:32 am

    I know exactly what you mean about worrying about reading more books by an author who is a friend! So glad this didn’t happen! :–)

  3. June 11, 2013 7:10 am

    I finished reading it and just wanted to hug the book – how often does that happen???

  4. Beth F permalink
    June 11, 2013 7:35 am

    I agree that this is one of my top reads of the year.

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 11, 2013 8:16 am

    Oh my gosh … I get nervous when a blogger who is also a friend reads my book, so I can imagine that you felt the same way! Boy-o-boy did I ever sigh with relief when I read what you had to say. Thank you so, so much for your beautiful review. I’m delighted that you enjoyed Teddi’s story and honored that it has landed on your favorites list for 2013!

  6. June 11, 2013 8:41 am

    This one is next on my list! SO excited to get started!

  7. June 11, 2013 8:51 am

    You’re a lucky woman! I hope someday I’d get to meet my favorite authors too. This book sounds very good!

  8. June 11, 2013 8:52 am

    Loved it as well.

  9. June 11, 2013 9:17 am

    After buying Saving CeeCee Honeycutt last Thursday night in Oakland, CA (and having Beth sign it), I decided to move it to the top of the queue. I’m about 60 pages from the end and totally LOVE it. I intent to buy Looking for Me and read it soon. She is really an excellent author and a caring, interesting person as well.

  10. June 11, 2013 9:44 am

    I was absolutely enchanted with this audio. You DO worry because Beth is such a nice person, it would be awful to not like her book, but no worries here. It was touching in so many ways.

  11. June 11, 2013 9:55 am

    I want to push all my other books aside and get to this one! But, I just can be cruel to them. LOL. It is one of my most anticipated reads.

  12. June 11, 2013 10:05 am

    Great characters, great story and a wonderful author who is very supportive of bloggers. I see her all over the place! I have to get to one of her books soon.

  13. June 11, 2013 10:58 am

    Sounds great- will have to put that on my summer reading list! I love reading anything that takes place in the south-especially Charleston.

  14. June 11, 2013 11:10 am

    Fantastic review. I loved this book as well.

    Elizabeth

  15. June 11, 2013 11:23 am

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this book, Kathy. Wonderful review! I’ve read other glowing reviews of the author’s new book, and would like to read it as well.

  16. Patty permalink
    June 11, 2013 11:28 am

    Her publisher just sent me this…I am going to hit it sooner than soon!

  17. June 11, 2013 11:40 am

    I keep seeing such good things about this one, and I’ve never read Hoffman. I definitely think I’ll give it a go.

  18. talesofwhimsy permalink
    June 11, 2013 12:29 pm

    What an awesome review!!!! How cool that you’re friends.

  19. June 11, 2013 2:24 pm

    YAY! I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I’ve heard you talk so much about Hoffman and I’m disappointed I’ve never read anything by her. I’ll have to change that soon enough.

  20. June 11, 2013 2:24 pm

    Awwww I wanna read this one

  21. June 11, 2013 2:54 pm

    One of my favorites this year too! Audio and print… both were fantastic.

  22. June 11, 2013 3:29 pm

    I’m skipping your review for now, but will have to come back and read it. I loved Saving CeeCee Honeycut, and have the audiobook of this novel on my stack to review. It looks good!

  23. June 11, 2013 3:39 pm

    Sounds like a good read.

  24. June 11, 2013 4:20 pm

    I am so eager to read my copy of this book, too, so I’m glad you loved it, Kathy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  25. June 11, 2013 4:21 pm

    I get nervous too about reading books by authors I’m friendly with. Really looking forward to listening to the audio of this one, especially since it’s a Bermuda Onion approved favorite!

  26. bookingmama permalink
    June 11, 2013 5:44 pm

    I understand your reluctance — we adore Beth! It’s wonderful that we didn’t need to worry at all. LOOKING FOR ME is great!

  27. June 11, 2013 8:21 pm

    I loved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and am looking forward to reading the new novel, which I got a copy of at BEA.

    Here’s my Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/06/first-chapter-first-paragraph-17-and.html

  28. June 12, 2013 12:01 am

    Thanks for a wonderful review. One of the books which are not available in the Melbourne library so will have to wait for a long while to get to this one.

  29. June 12, 2013 5:18 am

    Isn’t it awful when you consider an author a friend and you review their books? It so anxiety inducing, but I’m glad to see that you had nothing to worry about and loved it.

  30. June 12, 2013 9:39 am

    Definitely have to recommend this one to my mom – she loved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and she’ll be pleased to know this is a fantastic book too!

  31. June 12, 2013 10:28 am

    I think it’s brave of you to review a book by an author who is a friend. I’ve been thinking about this a lot, so you will be an inspiration.

  32. June 12, 2013 11:09 am

    I understand your reluctance in having to review a book written by a friend, especially one as sweet as Beth! Beth is such a great storyteller that you can’t help but fall in love with her characters. I am reading this now and am enjoying it so much that I don’t want it to end!

  33. June 12, 2013 9:03 pm

    I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed this one. I have seen nothing but good reviews for it so I’m sure that if I ever get around to read it, I’ll enjoy it a lot too!

  34. June 14, 2013 4:19 am

    I’m glad that you liked this one! Nice review

  35. June 15, 2013 8:32 am

    This book has only received rave reviews! I’m scared that I’ll be the only one that is not enthralled with it. That wouldn’t be the end of the world or anything, but …

    • June 15, 2013 9:39 am

      Joy, do not be scared. Based on my reading of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, and based on the many glowing reviews of Looking for Me, I think there’s little or no chance you will be disappointed.

  36. June 15, 2013 10:08 pm

    I put off reading this for a few months fort he same reason. I was nervous I wouldn’t like it! Needn’t have worried 🙂

  37. June 16, 2013 7:31 pm

    As always…a beautiful review!

  38. June 20, 2013 9:16 pm

    I’m glad to see you loved this one as much as I did!

  39. June 26, 2013 11:13 am

    I’m always a little nervous that I may not like a favorite authors book but there’s no fear of that with Beth. I’m glad you loved it as much as I did.

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