Book Review and Giveaway: Comfort Zone by Kimberly Fish | Lone Star Book Blog Tours

COMFORT ZONE
A Comfort Stories Book
by
KIMBERLY FISH
Genre: Contemporary / Second Chance Romance / Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Fish Tales Publishing
Date of Publication: November 1, 2021
Number of Pages: 289 pages 
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The award-winning author of Comfort Songs, Comfort Plans, and Comfort Foods digs into the life of single-mom Anna Weber, an appraiser who gives value to other people’s found treasures. On assignment to research a handwritten sheet of music, Anna helps a stranded motorist, only to discover she’s rescued retired NFL quarterback Jack Moses. His confidence and fascination for solving problems makes him impossible for Anna to ignore even as they both dart along separate deadlines to save the finances at an inner-city school. Little does Anna know that as she wrestles with secrets from her past and a suspicious approach to people, Jack is running too—dodging women, pro athletes, and a future with no definable end zone.
As a nemesis threatens Anna’s young daughters, these two unlikely partners discover that it’s in stepping back from years of self-sufficiency that Anna and Jack can find the best treasure of all: a series of sweet, second chances.
PRAISE & AWARDS
“Kimberly Fish’s Comfort books are wonderful, charming stories set in the Texas Hill Country. Fans of small towns family relationships will enjoy these feel-good books. Two thumbs up!” – Jan Moran, USA Today bestselling author of Seabreeze Inn.
Comfort Zone is a Literary Titan Gold Award winner and a Reader Views Bronze Award winner in romance. It was also a runner-up in the regional fiction category of the New England Book Festival awards.
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Anna Weber is running from her past. She thinks she’s found a place she and her twin daughters can safely settle, at least for now. That place is Comfort, Texas. She’s making a life for herself. She’s making friends she finally feels like she can count on. What she didn’t count on is Jack Moses. Jack, a former NFL quarterback, finds himself having car trouble at the school where Anna has been hired to check the provenance of a piece of music that has been donated. He’s more impressed with her than he expected when she isn’t bowled over by his looks and charm and when she gets his car started back up in short order. Anna tries her best to ignore the attraction she feels to Jack, but that proves to be difficult! And when her past comes back to haunt her in vivid, living color, Anna worries that she’ll lose the little spot she’d found to call home.

I big puffy heart love this book! Kimberly Fish has such a way with words. She makes you feel like you’re part of the story, and the characters she creates are just almost as close as next door. Anna, for instance, is absolutely spot on as a single mom trying to protect herself and her daughters from a nasty operator from her past. Her longing to belong, to have some place to call Home, is palpable, as is her fear of letting others get too close. She has a select circle that she’s opened up to a bit, but she’s very hesitant to go beyond that. The more people who know any of her story, the greater the risk, as she sees it.

And Jack. Oh, y’all, I wanted to hug him! He’s used to people being swayed by his star power, even though he’s no longer on the playing field. When Anna doesn’t roll that way, he’s bemused. But not in a bad, stuck-up way, because he’s really a good guy. He does his best to help others where he can, and if people being impressed by his football prowess makes that a little easier, well, so much the better. I love that he is just fascinated by Anna in significant part because she doesn’t give two cents for his handsome face or his claim to fame.

The Greens, Joseph and LaDonna, are wonderful characters, too. You can tell they’re good friends with Jack, the kind of friends that kick you in the pants when you need it, and LaDonna is just a treat. She welcomes Anna like Anna is one of their own already. I’m telling you, these will feel like folks you’ve known for years, or at least folks you want to know!

And I love that Anna is not what Jack expects her to be. She knows her way around the mechanics of a car. She can speak football fluently. She is not your typical pretty face. Likewise, Jack isn’t what Anna expects, either. He’s not just a former athlete who does nothing but capitalize on his name. He’s not just a pretty boy thinking everything should always fall into place for them. Their interactions as they both try not to fall for the other are so much fun to read.

There’s a fair bit of tension, too, when Anna’s past threatens to become her present. She learns that she has finally found people who have her back, though, and she doesn’t have to run anymore. I cheered at that part of the book!

Kimberly Fish has created a family that has chosen each other here, and I love it. That and the delightful second chance romance for Jack and Anna make this a must read. I want to get to know the other folks in Comfort now. This may have been the first book of Fish’s that I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be the last! Run out and get this if you enjoy a sweet, clean romance, a little bit of suspense, and a beautiful found family. All the stars from me!

Kimberly Fish has been a professional writer in marketing and media for over thirty years, with regular contributions to area newspapers and magazines. As an accidental historian, she wrote two novels, The Big Inch and Harmon General, both based on factual events in Longview, Texas that changed world history. Kimberly also offers a set of contemporary women’s fiction, based in the Texas Hill Country, that reveal her fascination with characters discovering their grit and sweet, second chances; all four of these novels have won distinguished awards.
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1 Response to Book Review and Giveaway: Comfort Zone by Kimberly Fish | Lone Star Book Blog Tours

  1. “I big puffy heart love…” HA! How I feel about your review –fabulous and really makes me want to dump the to-do list and escape back to Comfort. Thanks for sharing!

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