Saving CeeCee Honeycutt was Beth Hoffman's first book and was one of my favorite reads of 2010. When I saw Hoffman had a new novel coming out this summer, I knew instantly that I wanted to get my hands on it as soon as it was published.
Hoffman's sophomore novel is just as wonderful as her first.
Teddi Overman is a farm girl from Kentucky who has moved to Charleston to restore furniture. As a child she picked up "junk," refinished it and then sold it at the side of the road. Now she is living her dream, running her own shop and finding and fixing up treasures. Teddi's story unfolds through pictures of her present life and through some snapshots of her childhood. Teddi and her brother, Josh, were close growing up, yet there was a part of Josh that Teddi never knew, and when he disappears, Teddi is left with many questions about her brother. Her relationship with her mother has always seemed to be a struggle as they both try to find ways to connect with each other. Through one of her mother's friends, Teddi learns what her mother was like before disappointments changed her once happy outlook.
My friend, Kristin, who beat me to reading this one summed it up quite well, calling Looking For Me a nice story. It is. I could recommend this to readers young and old - it will appeal to readers of all ages. There is a little bit of romance, a little bit of suspense, and a little bit of Teddi finding herself.
My only question after finishing Looking For Me, when does Beth Hoffman plan on publishing another novel? It can't be soon enough!