|Looking for Me|
I don't give 5/5 stars lightly-this book is wonderful!
Summary (via Goodreads): 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. It’s a journey that could help her come to terms with her shattered family—and to find herself at last. But first she must decide what to let go of and what to keep.
By the end of the first chapter I was already madly in love with this book! It is written so beautifully with such tenderness and love that you will want to be part of Teddy's world. Even though her life is no fairytale, and tragedies happen, the pages are filled with so many wonderfully caring people you'll envision yourself there among them all either on the Kentucky farm or the streets of Charleston.
This is a book about treasuring family. It shows that just when you think you know everything there is to know about a person, there is always a hidden depth that explains so much more.
There is just something about Beth Hoffman's writing that feels like a warm hug that you never knew you needed. Be prepared, you will need tissues when you read this book. There will be tears of sadness, tears of pain, and best of all, tears of joy. When a writer can make you feel all of that, you know you have a great book on your hands. I cannot wait to find her other book and get to know her even better.
Learn more about Beth Hoffman, and her other book Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, on her blog.