Comfort Songs ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Review & Giveaway!


COMFORT SONGS
a companion novel to Comfort Plans
by
KIMBERLY FISH

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
Publisher: Fish Tales, LLC 
Date of Publication: September 19, 2019
Number of Pages: 348

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Award-winning author of Comfort Plans, Kimberly Fish, delivers a novel about family, forgiveness, and the seeds of second chances.

Eight years ago, Autumn Joy Worthington, still reeling from the bitter divorce of her Grammy-Award-winning parents, endured the betrayal of a man who’d promised her a wedding. Running from pain seemed the logical response. Reinventing herself in Comfort, Texas, as a lavender grower, she creates a wildly successful gardening haven that draws in tourists and establishes an identity far removed from her parents’ fame. Her mother’s retirement from stardom inspires AJ to offer her refuge and nurse the dream that they could move past old hurts and the tarnish of the music industry … to find friendship. A grandmother in the early stages of dementia and the return of AJ’s father complicate the recovery, but nothing sets the fragile reality spinning like the arrival of Nashville music executive, Luke English. 

As Alzheimer’s slowly knocks away the filters of their family, AJ comes to appreciate the true meanings of love and forgiveness -- and that the power of redemption can generate from the most unlikely sources. When AJ uncovers the grit to make hard choices, she also discovers that the flowers that bloom the brightest can have the most tangled roots.



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HALL WAYS REVIEW: In Comfort Songs, author Kimberly Fish has done everything right. Rich descriptions put readers in the middle of the Texas Hill Country where we can see and feel and smell the goodness of the great outdoors, where nature has its own way of giving hope and healing. Detailed and robust characterization makes the people alarmingly realistic. Multi-tiered, meticulously written, and intricately woven plot lines transport readers into other places, other times where life may seem simpler -- but it is life: complicated and complex as ever. 


“She was sure it would take a man with burglar skills
to unlock the rooms in her soul.” 

Fish establishes her characters’ personalities quickly through their words, actions, and thoughts. It’s almost like watching a stage play unfold as we meet main character AJ and the people in her world. Once the core cast is introduced, readers get pulled into each person’s story and backstory. The events from the past clearly shaped the characters into who we meet in Comfort Songs, and the result is readers enjoy fully fleshed-out, fully flawed, and fully familiar people who anyone can relate to. 

“More and more, a vacant stare replaced the usual spark and vinegar.” 

There are multiple family dynamics at play in Comfort Songs, and again, every reader will connect with someone or something within the book’s pages. For me, one of those connections is in watching dementia take hold of Inez, AJ’s grandmother. Fish handled this beautifully – and accurately – and it reminded me of my own experience watching my mother become someone else as her dementia consumed her and finally killed her. Is it painful to read the scenes? Of course. But it’s also cathartic in a way because it reminds me that we all share the human experience. And that’s the crux of Comfort Songs; we are in this life together with family, friends, partners, and purpose to keep us marching along. 

Kimberly Fish’s storytelling and writing make me want to visit Comfort, Texas, and breathe in the beauty of the Texas Hill Country and its people. It’s that common thread that runs through both books (and a novella), but the books stand alone. I happily ventured to Comfort a time before, via Comfort Plans, and I eagerly await the next two Comfort installments, which the author assures us are coming. I highly recommend y’all take a trip to Comfort, too. 

Thank you to the author and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing me a GORGEOUS print copy (that COVER!!!) and reading escape in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.



Kimberly Fish is a professional writer with almost thirty years of media experience. She's been telling stories far longer. She published her first novel, a WWII historical fiction novel, because of a true story in her adopted hometown that was too good to ignore.  She quickly followed that success with a sequel. Since then, she's continued writing fiction and added a contemporary second-chance romance series set in Comfort, Texas, to her list of fun, fast-paced novels. Kimberly lives with her family in East Texas.




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