A Comfort Stories
Categories: Contemporary / Second Chance Romance
Publisher: Fish Tales Publishing
Date of Publication: October 7, 2020
Number of Pages: 385 pages
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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?
I love the Comfort Series by Kimberly Fish. As expected, Comfort Foods hit the spot!
In Comfort Foods, Fish branches out and gives us a taste of Austin as well, which always goes down well. And with a slow-burn romance starring two main characters who need a fresh start in life on top of precocious children and the food/setting combination, Comfort Foods was just the kind of romantic anti-stress read that the doctor ordered.
Lacy Cavanaugh's life came to a screeching halt when she overstepped in her social influence posts. But the forced retreat to Comfort may prove heaven-sent, for she's learning to really live, to really stop and smell the lavender. Now she's agreed to help her sister and friend stage a lovely food-and-wine festival (what an absolutely delightful idea). Even better, they've decided to ask Chef Rudy Delgardo to join them in a win-win publicity garnering appearance. The thing is, once Lacy meets him she realizes what a hunk he is. If it just weren't such terrible timing for them as a couple. Not to mention their two left feet.
But there's much more to Rudy, and Comfort, than meets the eye. Even as he navigates his own serious problems, he's a good guy and a good dad, and I couldn't help cheering him on. So it's layers like these which make these books so delectable. And a whole new depth comes with the nearby Austin setting, as well as the delightful cooking and glimpses of life in a commercial kitchen. Additional fun is added by the whole Comfort Stories gang appearances.
Now, Comfort Foods is a slow burn, but it is worth the build up. And the vivid setting will help you escape to the hill country. Right now, there's not much that most of us wouldn't give for that.
(Also, there are recipes! Some from some rather famous cooks! And, check out the Giveaway below, because there's a wonderful cook book thrown in for the grand prize).
Thank you, Kimberly, for the ebook in exchange for an honest review. Viva la Comfort Foods and Comfort Stories, and someone please host a Comfort, Texas festival, just like this one, ASAP!
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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