Publisher: Fish Tales Publishing
Date of Publication: October 7, 2020
Number of Pages: 385
From the award-winning author of Comfort Plans and Comfort Songs comes a story of two rising stars blitzed by social media. Lacy Cavanaugh and single-dad Rudy Delgardo live a hundred miles apart but meet in the worst possible way. Working at a weekly paper and creating social media for area businesses helps Lacy connect with locals who open her mind to a perspective beyond Instagram. In launching a food-and-wine festival to support Comfort’s new event center, she discovers surprising skills bubbling over, much like the food she’s attempting to cook.
Rudy, on the brink of his restaurant’s takeover, struggles to improve time management so he can create a better relationship with his daughter. Distracted by Lacy and her invitation to the festival, he’s tempted by her beauty, wit, and courage, but as a chef, he rarely gets to enjoy life outside the kitchen. Enemies, illness, and exes add unwelcome spice to the dish they’re concocting—one that will teeter with misunderstanding until the very end.
Will Lacy and Rudy embrace their second chances and discover the perfect seasonings of family, resilience, and grace to create a handwritten recipe of love that will stand the test of time?
Clueless Gent’s Rating for Comfort Foods
Reading Comfort Foods is like spending time with old friends. The books set in Comfort, Texas, have some of the same characters, but the stories are different.
With a title like Comfort Foods, I expected a lot of description of smells, and I was so right – in a good way! Kimberly Fish is a master of description. All of the Comfort books have scents of lavender languishing throughout, but this story is the first one that brought the scent of lavender to beverages. It was amazing.
“A curl of fragrance wove around his mind. Was it lavender?”
However, not all the descriptions of scents were pleasant ones. In one instance, Fish wrote, “She wasn’t sure what she expected for fragrance, but these smelled like toe jam.” That’s some pretty powerful description.
The protagonist, Lacy, is quite unique. She was a social media superstar whose star got shot down, and then came whimpering back to her family to recover.
Several smaller subplots added more excitement to the story. For instance, Lacy stumbles upon possible human trafficking, which is something you don’t expect to see in a place like Comfort. To me, that made it all the more real.
The climax of the story comes during a grand opening of an event in Comfort. However, nothing seems to go as planned. That could be good, or that could be bad. I won’t tell you which, but I will say that if you read this story, you’ll leave it as a happy and satisfied reader!
Author Kimberly Fish resides in Longview, Texas, and enjoys writing contemporary fiction set in the Hill Country. During the seven years she lived in San Antonio, wandering in and around Comfort, Texas, provided endless space for her imagination to develop stories of women discovering their grit. She studied the small Texas town that had seemingly dug its heels into the limestone and refused modern development and thought that was fertile ground for stories about women remodeling their lives. It made a juxtaposition of place and purpose that was hard to ignore. Plus, anything that takes intentional effort has a much higher value than the things that come easily—Comfort personifies this, and the novels remind readers that anything worth having is worth the work.
Comfort Foods is the third full-length novel in the set, Fiction from the Texas Hill Country, and follows behind the award-winning novels Comfort Plans and Comfort Songs. A novella, Emeralds Mark the Spot, is available as a free eBook download to subscribers of the incredibly sporadic newsletter at kimberlyfish.com and is the original story from which all other Comfort novels grew.
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