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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Family can be difficult at times, especially if your family includes Grammy Award-winning parents. AJ (Autumn Joy Worthington) is the daughter of a famous singer/songwriter, a star, really. It’s not the life AJ would want and, when her own plan for marriage disintegrates, not long after her parents divorced, AJ escapes to the town of Comfort, Texas, where she carves out a successful career for herself as a lavender farmer. Everything’s going well until the world descends on her little piece of heaven: her mother retiring from the movie industry seeks refuge at Lavender Hill, her grandmother is suffering from dementia, her father reappears in her life. And then there’s the dashing young man, Luke, her mother’s one-time agent.
Kimberly Fish’s novel, Comfort Songs, has everything a good romance needs: setting, interesting characters, plots, and sub-plots to entice the reader, and of course the underlying and unexpected budding romance. The author has a talent for creating a scene that invites readers inside the story. The setting is well developed and the reader instantly takes an interest in AJ’s enterprise at Lavender Hill. But there’s more than one plot to this story, as what happens in the present is a direct result of what happened in the past. This is AJ’s story, but it’s also her mother’s story, both stories evolving from the beginning of their respective careers. However, the parallel stories work well together and the author’s ability to weave the two plots together makes for an interesting read.