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“This book was different than I expected. I enjoyed it, but it is kind of slow.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Fun, light, interesting read. I enjoyed her writing style and settings. She had strong, likable characters. I'd recommend the novel. Because I can't help myself, two things bugged me. 1) To create tension, she'd have the character see something, but not tell the reader for two pages - that's a lazy writer. 2) There wasn't a bad guy or gale. For me, a great novel has to have someone I hate, a nemesis. So in the end, a little too sweet. I read it for a book club and there will be several intriguing talking points.”Sandy B Groovy wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a really well-written book. Great storyline and character development. It was a bittersweet reading experience for me because some parts left my heart hurting they were so sad. A great second novel after Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, which I adored.”Rebecca B wrote this review Tuesday, October 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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.
What I liked
I thought the story was very well written and the connection between Teddi and her brother was very touching. I enjoyed the character Teddi, I thought she was very strong and caring to her family and friends. All in all it was a good read.
What I didn't like
The story was too long and drawn out. I admit there were parts that I skimmed over. I have read her other book Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt and thought that was better than this book. ”
“Loved Saving CeeCee Honeycut, now Beth Hoffman does it again! Theodora/Teddi grows up on a struggling farm in Kentucky with her younger brother, Josh. He is very connected with nature and is at home in the forest. He knows all the birds, animals and feels like he's their, Raven, their protector. Unusual events launch this story into a tailspin as the family members seem to have personal problems and don't communicate. Teddi wants to follow her love of restoring antiques and someday have a store of her own. Love comes late in her life. Looking for me is an introspective search to find oneself. Following your heart to make you complete is not always easy to do.”Margie S wrote this review Sunday, October 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I certainly hope that Beth Hoffman has more novels in the works. This book and Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt are some of my favorites.”Amber wrote this review Saturday, October 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book grabbed me from the second I started and held on till I turned the last page. It was wondrous, emotional, thought provoking, funny and had such depth. I have never read anything quite like this. I wanted to start from the beginning the moment I finished. The story of family and what it means to truly know your identity and that of the people you love was just such a fantastic journey. I cried in the end. This book really moved me, I loved it!”StarWars Fan! wrote this review Monday, September 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was different than I expected. I enjoyed it, but it is kind of slow. ”CHRISTINE K wrote this review Monday, September 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A southern woman confronts her family relationships and difficulty in connecting to her mother and men while investigating her brother's disappearance and making a life for herself in a distant city. All this is set in the background of her developing an antique and antique restoration business. Engaging, and you really cared about these characters.”Kathy D wrote this review Saturday, September 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this audio. The reader is superb and very southern. I would recommend this to all my friends.”Cindy C wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No