Comfort Plans, by Kimberly Fish, *Review* Lone Star Book Blogger Tour
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction
Date of Publication: May 23, 2017
Number of Pages: 320
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As a San Antonio architect, she’d have vowed her career was to investigate the history and create new functions for the structures everyone else saw as eyesores. The old German farmhouse in Comfort, Texas, might be the screeching end of that dream job. The assignment seemed so ideal at the start; generous clients, a stunning location, and a pocketful of letters that were surely meant to explain the ranch’s story. All that goodness crashed louder than a pile of two-by-fours when her grandfather announced he’d lured Colette’s ex-husband back to San Antonio to take over the family architecture firm. Now, not only does Colette have to endure the challenges posed by Beau Jefferson, the client’s handpicked contractor, a house that resists efforts to be modernized, and letters that may hold the secret to buried treasure, but she also has to decide if she has the courage to fight for her future.
Set against the backdrop of the Texas Hill Country, Colette and Beau have to rely on plans neither of them constructed in order to navigate the changes of a house with a story to tell, and a future they couldn’t even imagine.
"Kimberly Fish's unique writing style snatched me out of my easy chair and plunked me down into the middle of her character's life where I was loathe to leave when my real life called me back. Her descriptive visual writing drew me in on the first page. Can't wait to read more stories by Mrs. Fish."
--Vickie Phelps,Author of Moved, Left No Address
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Kimberly Fish serves up a unique novel with a Texas gal and guy, a Texas setting, and a Texas mystery. As to the gal, Collette is a likable hot mess with far more potential than she realizes. She is inherently relatable, all while you want to grab her and tell her to quit running and find a way to face it all. Throw in a bit of romance, family expectations and relations, and the exes, and there is plenty of trouble to keep this book a page turner, especially with Fish’s modern writing style that I love. Also, I loved that the main characters are an architect/designer and a builder; their interactions are so easy to picture, as they bring a beautiful old house into the current century, while preserving its charm.
But the icing on the cake is that the author takes her talents and keeps them in familiar, and not so familiar, territory. Texas is a big place. San Antonio and the Texas hill country are as romantic and idyllic as they come. Most of us have either been to those stomping grounds, or wish we were going. I, for one, have heard of Comfort, Texas for years, via a friend whose family has a cabin there, which is frequently used by the guys for hunting trips. I haven't been there, but I’ve been to enough spots in that area to truly enjoy seeing this story come alive in it.
Speaking of guys, I really enjoyed the fact that Beau sometimes had a voice in the book, which gave me a chance to truly see Collette’s talents and charm, especially since she was particularly untrustworthy on that level, having been royally burned by her ex. As you can see, “Comfort Plans” definitely gets a thumbs up from me.
Keep ‘em coming, Kimberly, I’m looking forward to more, including the sequel for “The Big Inch,” [that little WWII novel set in Longview that I fell in love with earlier this year.]
She has since published in magazines, newspapers, and online formats and in 2017, released the first novel in a series set during the World War II years in Longview, Texas—The Big Inch.
She lives with her family in East Texas.
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