Book Review: Comfort Foods by Kimberly Fish

A Comfort Stories
Stand-Alone Novel
Kimberly Fish
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?

While the premise might sound like a cookie-cutter Hallmark movie style book, Comfort Foods is an intriguing dive into the lives of Lacy, a woman who finds herself back in her hometown, and Rudy, a chef and single dad.  Their paths cross in such an interesting way as Lacy suddenly finds herself thrust back into Comfort, Texas after a fall from the top as a social media darling.  Lacy teams up with her sister to throw a fun food festival.  Rudy is tapped to help with the festival and sparks fly!

The characters are so well-written and engaging!  I felt right at home in Comfort, Texas and so will any reader who enjoys cozy stories set in small towns!  From the beginning, the charm of small town Texas is on display and can you not fall in love with the setting!  The book is around 360 pages and takes you on an adventure that you won’t forget!  Aside from the riveting storytelling, my favorite part of this book is that every character has an integral part to play in the story!  Not one character is wasted and I can’t pick the one loved the most because they are all amazing!

While the narrative has a relatively light-hearted tone across the board, there are dramatic moments that can hit close to home.  Family struggles, crime, exes, and more pop up to make the story follow a rocky path.  I felt so at home in the writing and I read chapter after chapter.  Soon, I couldn’t stop reading!  This book really has that ‘couldn’t put it down’ factor!  My husband is an amateur chef and I kept reading him passages with vivid descriptions of culinary flair!  A unique feature of this title is the recipes in the back of the book!  Whip up a Steak Diane for your loved ones!

This would be a great beach read, or a great book to read in the park on a warm day.  This is perfect for fans of small town romance with a hint of real world drama!  I would recommend this as a book club read or for fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Pam Jenoff!  Overall, this is a lovely and rich story with a lot of heart and a heaping helping of Texas spirit!

Thank you to the author, Kimberly Fish, and the folks at Lone Star Book Blog Tours for having me along on this tour! I hope you pick up a copy today!

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 and is the original story from which all other Comfort novels grew.
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One thought on “Book Review: Comfort Foods by Kimberly Fish”

  1. Love the “heaping helping of Texas spirit” line — I have a feeling that’s going to show up on the cover of the next book! Great review and love that #bookstagram you made, too. Thanks for the post.


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