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May 24, 2013 / Leslie

Review: Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman

Looking For Me by Beth HoffmanLooking for Me
by Beth Hoffman

Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Viking / Pamela Dorman Books and Penguin Audio
Publish Date: May 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover | 368 pages
Format: Audiobook: Approx 12 hours
Rating: 5 of 5

Publisher’s Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

This was beautifully written story, timeless in its portrayal of a young woman growing up, establishing her independence and achieving her goals with strength and grace. Teddi has a passion for restoring furniture and vows to follow her dream, even if it means leaving her family and moving to Charleston. It’s a simple story and yet there is so much happening. Teddi will always be haunted by the loss of her brother, Josh, her distant relationship with her mother, and the many things she didn’t know about either of her parents until it was too late.

I adored the country setting. From the descriptive prose author Beth Hoffman’s love of nature shines through. I felt like I was there in the woods of Kentucky, breathing in the fresh air, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. I delighted in her inclusion of some of my favorite birds: the brilliant Indigo Bunting, the chipper Downy Woodpecker (with its black and white spotted tail feather), and the beautiful Red-tailed Hawk to name just a few.

I also have an audio copy of the book and listened while I was working in the garden. The audio was narrated by Jenna Lamia, a first-time narrator for me. She has a fantastic range giving each of the characters a unique sound. The voice and accent she used for Teddi was exactly as I had imagined her. I love when this happens, it makes the audio so much more appealing. As much as I enjoyed curling up with the print book in the evening, I highly recommend the audio.

This book oozes charm and was a delight. It only took me a few days to read, and I wasn’t ready to leave and move on to my next book.

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Source: Thanks to the author for a print copy and Penguin Audio for the audiobook.
© 2013 Under My Apple Tree. All rights reserved.

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  1. Lloyd Russell / May 24 2013 1:13 pm

    You are about the 5th blogger that has read it and loved it. She’s coming to Northern California in a couple of weeks and will be signing books at 2 different stores. I will definitely get to one, buy a book, and have it signed. I better get it toward the top of my TBR queue.

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  2. laurelrainsnow / May 24 2013 1:22 pm

    I can’t wait for my copy of this book! It sounds like the kind of read I am going to savor. Thanks for your review.

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  3. Pat @ Posting For Now / May 24 2013 1:37 pm

    Thanks for great your review. It sounds like a lovely book and audio!

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  4. Mary / May 24 2013 1:45 pm

    I loved it too, Leslie. A wonderful novel. I’d like to listen to it.

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  5. Beth Hoffman / May 24 2013 2:08 pm

    Thanks so much for your terrific review, Leslie! I’m honored to have earned your five-star rating. I’m so glad you enjoyed Teddi’s story and the nature scenes. When you posted the photo of the fungi a few days ago, it reminded me of the passage where Teddi goes into the woods with her grammy.

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  6. nomadreader / May 24 2013 2:09 pm

    Everyone seems to be raving about this one. I may have to find time for it. Glad you enjoyed it so much!

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  7. BermudaOnion / May 24 2013 2:31 pm

    At the rate I’m going, I’m going to be the last person to read this and I’m really looking forward to it.

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    • Lloyd Russell / May 24 2013 3:05 pm

      Looks like I’m going to be after you. First, I have to wait for Beth to come to one of my bookstores on June 6 and 7. Then, after I have the book, I’ve got to squeeze it in between ARC’s. Could be a month.

      P.S. One day, I would like to have a chat with all of you about “women’s fiction.” If I like it, does it make me a woman? or a lesser man? I have read all kinds of books written by women and, supposedly, geared for women that I have loved (The Language of Flowers, The Angels’ Share, The Sisterhood, just to name 3). I need you female bloggers to help me figure this out!

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  8. Suko / May 24 2013 2:51 pm

    This sounds wonderful, Leslie! You are lucky to listen to so many books in the garden, two great pursuits together. And the birds in the book are a bit of extra icing!

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  9. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / May 24 2013 7:38 pm

    So glad to read anothef positive review of this book. Now my delimma is whether to read or listen!

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  10. Beth F / May 25 2013 7:38 am

    Jenna Lamia is one of my all-time favorite narrators! I loved this book and can’t wait to try the audio as a reread.

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  11. sagustocox / May 25 2013 6:10 pm

    I cannot wait to read this. I loved her previous book.

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  12. Darlene / May 28 2013 12:01 pm

    This was such a good audio. The narrator did such a good job. It was difficult to start a new book after Beth’s. it’s hard to live up to that much goodness. Glad you loved it too.

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  13. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / May 28 2013 7:30 pm

    I’m so glad to see you loved this one, as I’ll be starting it soon.

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  14. stacybuckeye / Jun 9 2013 10:01 pm

    I think as nature lovers you and Beth are two peas in a pod 🙂

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