Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman

March 13, 2014 Family 13

Howdy Bookworms,

How y’all doing? You remember how much I loved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt? You don’t? Well. Go HERE. I’ll wait. Back? Good! Fortune smiled on me a few weeks back and I won a $20 gift card to Book Depository from I Solemnly Swear. Amanda was kind enough to allow me to go 14 cents over my gift card allotment so I could order Beth Hoffman’s newest offering, Looking for Me. (Thanks, Amanda! You’re a peach!)

lookingformeTeddi Overman was raised on a farm in rural Kentucky with her parents, grandmother, and little brother Josh. She finds her calling early in life when she discovers a broken down chair on the side of the road. After refinishing the chair, Teddi can’t get enough of restoring old furniture and hunting for treasures at yard sales. Eventually she makes her way to Charleston, South Carolina where she starts her career in antiques.

While Teddi is painting and refurbishing, her brother Josh is traipsing around in the woods. He’s obsessed with the wilderness surrounding their Kentucky home. He is a passionate environmentalist and horrified by the misdeeds of poachers and animal abusers. One Thanksgiving, he takes off for the woods and never comes home.

Teddi is haunted by her brother’s disappearance, but mysterious signs begin to appear that suggest he may still be alive. Teddi embarks on a journey to mend family fences and accept her past… You know, your feel-good-journey-of-self-discovery kind of vibe.

It won’t surprise you to hear I enjoyed this book. Hoffman created some delightfully quirky peripheral characters I couldn’t get enough of. I mean, Teddi’s best friend is a rare books dealer with a giant collection of Pez dispensers… Can you GET more fun than that? PLUS, Teddi has a little dog that she describes as looking like Snoopy. My childhood dog was basically Snoopy personified. I can only assume Snoopy aged into a crotchety stinky old man dog, so the comparison with Sir Benjamin the Snob is spot-on.

If utterly charming Southern fiction with a side of cool old stuff is your thing, I highly recommend Looking for Me.

Tell me, Bookworms. Since a killer Pez dispenser collection was mentioned in this book, I simply must know. Do any of you have quirky collections? 

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13 Responses to “Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman”

  1. Megan M.

    For a short time I used to collect these angel figurines that I think were called Dreamsicles. And I used to collect gemstones like Tiger’s Eye and jade and stuff. But I gave those up a long time ago. I was never super attached to anything – except books. 🙂

    • Words For Worms

      I know Dreamsicles! I have collections of more things than I probably ought to… Pretty much anything with a penguin on it finds its way into my home.

  2. Darlene

    No quirky collections, but I did give my brother the “KISS” PEZ collection for Christmas one year. It came in a tin lunch box.:)

    • Words For Worms

      That is so cool! I love it! My first date with my now husband was on his 21st birthday. I brought him a Gonzo pez dispenser. He didn’t bolt :).

  3. Beth Hoffman

    Hi Katie, Thanks so much for reading my new novel (and for reading Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, too). I’m delighted that you enjoyed Teddi’s adventures and I appreciate your kind words!

    All the best,

    • Words For Worms

      Holy cow! I can’t believe you made it to my little corner of the internet!!! Thank you for stopping by, and thank you for writing such fabulous books!

      • Beth Hoffman

        Thank you again. I’m the one who is thrilled that I stumbled upon your blog!

    • Words For Worms

      LISA FRANK! I still have a ton of Lisa Frank stickers- I like to put them in cards for my friends with Kidlets. Nothing is more fun than super colorful stickers! (I love it when you get your crazy on. LOL. Toenails. Oh you!)

  4. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    Why haven’t I read any Hoffman?! Gah! I need to do that, and soon.

    I don’t have any collections now. Unless books count? When I was a lass I had a thing for cows, and then a thing for pandas, and then a thing for musicians…ha!

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