Guest host in #litchat for August 2 is Beth Hoffman, whose latest novel, Looking For Me, was published in May. As with her first novel, the bestselling Saving CeCe Honeycutt, Looking for Me features a young female character with past heartache. In Looking for Me, protagonist Teddi Overman grows up and into a woman who finds herself even when she doesn’t realize she’s looking.
Read the chatscript from Beth Hoffman’s visit to #litchat here.
Escaping the clutches of a critical and domineering mother, 18-year-old Teddi moves from the family farm in Kentucky to Savannah to work as a furniture rehabilitator for a kindly antiques dealer who befriended her years before.
When her brother goes missing after a fight with a dog-abusing man, what little fabric that held together the Overman family unravels. Teddi never quite accepts that her missing brother is dead, and even years later she’s compelled to believe he’s alive somewhere in the wild mountains of Kentucky.
Single and independent, Teddi becomes modestly successful after opening her own antique shop. When Teddi’s mother dies—her father preceded her years before—she returns to Kentucky and discovers why her mother had been so hard on her. As the mystery of her brother’s disappearance drives toward a conclusion, Teddi finds peace and love in unexpected places.
Told in a forward and backward flow of time, Looking for Me takes readers back to a simpler time juxtaposed with contemporary life concerns.
The following is taken directly from Beth Hoffman’s online bio: Before beginning her writing career, Beth was president and co-owner of an interior design studio. An artist as well as an award-winning designer, her paintings are displayed in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, and the UK.
Beth lives, along with her husband and two very smart cats, in a restored Queen Anne home in a quaint historic district in Northern Kentucky. Her interests include the rescue of abandoned and abused animals, nature conservancy, birding, historic preservation, and antiquing.
Follow Beth Hoffman on Twitter: @wordrunner.