“My little brother was so wonderstruck by the world around him that never once did I hear him cry. He’d sit in that old buggy with his eyes wide and his ears pricked sharp as a deer’s. It seemed to me that nature spoke to him more plainly than any human voice … as if the wind moving through the trees and the subtle change in a blackbird’s song told him the truth of things.”
Each time Teddi Overman leaves her antiques shop in Charleston, South Carolina and visits the Kentucky farm of her youth, she’s drawn to the mysterious beauty of Red River Gorge where her brother Josh went missing. Though his absence remains unimaginable, Teddi builds a life as unexpected and quirky as the customers who frequent her shop. As she comes to terms with the events that shattered her family and finds love in the most surprising way, Teddi must decide what to let go of and what to keep.
In Looking for Me, bestselling author Beth Hoffman brings forth an evocative, multilayered story that moves between the charms of Charleston and Kentucky’s woodlands while exposing the fragile wounds and strengths of a woman who comes to understand the words once written in a simple note and the remarkable boy who penned them.
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ISBN: 9780670025831 Pamela Dorman Books – Viking/Penguin
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Review ~ 5 Stars
Beth Hoffman has managed to transport me back in time, reminding me of the farm I lived on as child where things were simple and people were aware of the beauty that surrounded them. A time where "living off the land" was the only option most had. This novel was beautifully written and and the characters were so sweet and endearing.
The relationship that Teddi had with her mother will resonate with so many readers. The fact that sometimes we don't understand our mothers until long after their gone held true in my life as well, which touched me very deeply. The heartbreak that her entire family felt when her brother went missing had me in tears. I don't think most of us can understand that kind of grief without living it. I felt Teddi's agony over not knowing where her brother was or if he was safe. The hopelessness she felt and then the realization that she may never know what happened to him was simply heart wrenching.
Although this novel held some serious emotion, it had a lighter side as well. Teddi was quick witted and often times had a snarky come back that had me laughing out loud. The entire cast of characters brought something different to the story. I found myself wanting to know more about each and every one of them. If you haven't figured it out by now, I loved this novel and will be eagerly waiting to see what comes from this author next.