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Book Blog Tour Reviewapalooza- Comfort Songs by Kimberly Fish

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.

The story was one of family, forgiveness and for me hope. AJ (Autumn Joy), our protagonist, had to learn how to forgive, how to let her family be, and how to let love and hope back into her life. She had the unimaginable burden of caring for a grandparent who was dealing with the early onset of dementia and being the referee between parents that were not fit to carry the title.
The author did a good job bringing me into the story from the onset via AJ’s point of view. I had not read the previous novels in the Comfort series. However, I think Fish did a great job of developing the characters. I didn’t feel that I missed anything when it came to who the characters were or their motivations. Even with the supporting characters like Kali &  Jake that appeared in a companion novella, I felt I knew them as well. I loved the way the town of Comfort rallied around AJ to give her the love and support she did not receive from her parents growing up. The way the town’s people looked out for Inez with love and a touch of humor was moving as well. I found humor each time Inez’s sharp humor lashed out with all the frankness only she could deliver.
I think the story flowed well for the most part. However, the only thing that gave me pause was the structure when it came to the amount of time it took telling Inez’s story. I kept asking what the importance of it was. Why was her relationship with July so tense? However, when it did finally come together, I had an “aha” moment and it all made sense. There were a couple of instances of either a missing word or the incorrect word used, but nothing that took me out of the story.
I saw so much of myself in AJ’s character that at times it was painful to read. The most powerful line in this story was " They had to break up to collaborate with each other."  This was a huge lesson that Roger and July had to learn.  I would recommend this story for anyone who needs a little help and maybe a little direction on how to regain their sense of self. I think we could all use a lesson from Lavender Hill. Maybe, we too will be lucky enough to found our Comfort Song.










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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  1. Sounds like there is a lot for readers to sink their teeth into with this book. Thanks for a great review!

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