Featured: Comfort Foods by Kimberly Fish
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?
From Kimberly Fish:
I wrote this novel, Comfort Foods, because I’d created a wonderful, walk-on character many years ago for the novella, Emeralds Mark the Spot, (the novella that spun forward the whole Comfort, Texas set of stories) and felt like it was time for Lacy Cavanaugh to have her moment on the printed page.
I had to stay true to the seeds I’d planted for character description, but with time and experience, grew her up to be quite a beautiful misfit.
Since I’m a firm believer that we’re all quite complicated underneath our makeup, Lacy’s situation allowed me to explore that landscape and put her through obstacles to prove that she (and we) is stronger for the broken places.
I’d also never yet written about a divorced dad, with a child in tow, and felt like it was time to see if I could bring redeeming qualities to someone that had made big mistakes.
I hope you enjoy this story–and though food is a big part of the plot, I promise this book has no calories.
Meet Kimberly Fish:
Kimberly writes award-winning novels about women discovering their grit. With accolades ranging from Best Texas Book, Best Romance, and Best Historical Romance, her novels set in the Texas Hill Country transport readers to a place where dreams can grow along with the lavender.
Her WWII historical fiction details the exploits and spy dramas on the American home front and reveal just what women can accomplish when they work for the greater good.
With over 30 years in the writing industry, Kimberly delights in entertaining with wholesome stories, second-chance romances, and people finding their purpose–the books are mental vacations!
Discover her novels and the backstory she blogs about at www.kimberlyfish.com.She returns emails too–so you can drop her a note at [email protected] Happy reading!
Review by MaBiche:
Relevant and current, Comfort Foods is a feast of a read. Gobble it up in one sitting or savor for several days, you’ll end up satisfied either way.
Comfort Foods lives up to my expectations. Lacy and Rudy’s story, taking place in two locations (Comfort and Austin), is rich and filling. Lacy’s journey of self-discovery after her fall from grace is especially fascinating and touching. Her scenes with Frank Bachman, the publisher of the newspaper she works for, provide moments of both laughter and tears. In doing service for her sister and for others in the community,
Lacy finds her worth beyond the superficial beauty and fashion she was previously famous for. Rudy’s grappling with too many pots on the stove–his restaurant Stella, his daughter Luna, and his attraction to Lacy–is realistic in today’s world and highly relatable. His bewilderment in his search for balance amid man-made obstacles is endearing and admirable.
Ms. Fish created fully-fleshed-out characters that are sympathetic and likable and oh-so-real with their all-too-human failings. I love that she included multicultural characters who are reflective of society at present. She spun a tale filled with humor, angst, insider knowledge of the restaurant and publishing businesses, and the weighty concern of human trafficking.
The themes of found family and close-knit community are ones I often seek out and are entrenched in this book and in this series. And then, there’s the food. There’s enough to make a reader’s mouth water and head to the kitchen to recreate the dishes mentioned in the book.
I enjoyed the slow burn of Lacy and Rudy’s romance from their awkward first couple of meetings to cooking together, to the impromptu bridal photoshoot, and to their eventual happy ever after. I wish though that they have more scenes together and that they communicated more frequently, and collaborated on resolving their issues. Rudy’s declaration at the end seems too quick for a relationship that’s not fully developed because of so much distance.
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