Comfort Zone (Comfort Stories)
Fish Tales Publishing (2021)
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (12/2021)
“Comfort Zone” by the award-winning author Kimberly Fish, is a highly entertaining and absorbing novel about Anna and Jack, who’s “running” eventually leads them smack into a brick wall that they, themselves, have built. But by letting a friendship grow, and working together with common interests, they find satisfaction in one another.
Anna is a single mother who works as an appraiser. When digging into handwritten sheet music, she unwittingly lends aid to Jack, a former NFL quarterback. Both are strong personalities with minds of their own, so…are they too independent to mesh well? She has secrets, and he is avoiding things in life, so this newfound ‘friendship’ could either help or hurt them.
If you like women’s fiction with realistic characters who have lots of depth and layers, you will love Fish’s novel. I like that her characters come alive on the page, and have real-world issues that most readers can relate to in one way or another. The plot holds your interest all the way through, as do the dynamics of the leads’ personalities and relationship. As you read, you get the feeling these two could make it if they’d just get out of their own way. But there is even more to this story, and subplots always add another layer of interest. You see, Anna’s daughters are in potential danger from someone Anna knows.
This novel has several themes, and one of them is second chances. Have you ever wanted one? If you were granted one, what would you do differently the second time around? I also love the theme of coming to terms with who you really are inside. Fish brings a personal realism to her characters and situations—a maturity that you don’t always find in romance stories—and the dialogue is fresh and lively. But this is more than just a romance; it’s about life. Besides drama, you’ll find humor and friendship, and the characters aren’t plastic clones found in other romance fiction. “Comfort Zone” should be at the top of your reading list because this is a truly satisfying read!