Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Date of Publication: May 23, 2017
Number of Pages: 320
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Colette Sheridan is being remodeled.
As a San Antonio architect, she’d have vowed her career was to investigate the history and create new functions for the structures everyone else saw as eyesores. The old German farmhouse in Comfort, Texas, might be the screeching end of that dream job. The assignment seemed so ideal at the start; generous clients, a stunning location, and a pocketful of letters that were surely meant to explain the ranch’s story. All that goodness crashed louder than a pile of two-by-fours when her grandfather announced he’d lured Colette’s ex-husband back to San Antonio to take over the family architecture firm. Now, not only does Colette have to endure the challenges posed by Beau Jefferson, the client’s handpicked contractor, a house that resists efforts to be modernized, and letters that may hold the secret to buried treasure, but she also has to decide if she has the courage to fight for her future.
Set against the backdrop of the Texas Hill Country, Colette and Beau have to rely on plans neither of them constructed in order to navigate the changes of a house with a story to tell, and a future they couldn’t even imagine.
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“Kimberly Fish’s unique writing style snatched me out of my easy chair and plunked me down into the middle of her character’s life where I was loathe to leave when my real life called me back. Her descriptive visual writing drew me in on the first page. Can’t wait to read more stories by Mrs. Fish.”
–Vickie Phelps, Author of Moved, Left No Address
Playlist for a Friday night in Comfort, Texas
Picture a white-rock building with a metal roof, rusted and pockmarked by hailstorms from winters past. There will be rows of string lights strung from the roofline to a small crop of trees on the other side of a flagstone patio boasting mis-matched chairs and tabletops made from cable spools. Not too far off would be a BBQ grill the size of a bathtub, smoking with a slab of ribs that had been slow-cooking for the better part of the day.
Just outside the building is a gravel-topped parking lot filling with pick-ups, a few compact cars, and a delivery truck unloading cases of beer and soft drinks for the party that’s just getting started inside.
Within the walls, five men and a girl—college kids who formed a Texas country band—are warming up their instruments and setting their mics for the playlist they selected for this Friday night. There won’t be a lot of strangers at this event, except for a few stray guests who were roped into coming because there wasn’t much else going on in Comfort that evening.
This is the kind of place Beau, Colette, Dusty, Shana, and any of the other locals might go to blow off steam and recover from technology-overload in their day jobs. Or, maybe they’re just looking for a good time. No one ever checks the reasons; the owners just prop open the warped doors and let a good breeze blow through to keep the tempers cool.
If you want to hear a little bit of the same sounds that might be playing on any given Friday night in Comfort, here’s an idea of what to download:
The Road Goes on Forever—Robert Earl Keen
Corpus Christi Bay—Robert Earl Keen
Sangria Wine—Jerry Jeff Walker
Take Me Out to the Dance Hall—Pat Green
Wave on Wave—Pat Green
Kiss Me In the Dark—Randy Rogers Band
Down the Road Tonight—Hayes Carll
Copperhead Road—Steve Earl
I’ll Sing About Mine—Adam Hood
Oh, Tonight—Josh Abbott Band
Blue Clear Sky—George Strait
Pull Up a Chair—George Strait
All My Ex’s Live in Texas—George Strait
Texas (When I die)–Tanya Tucker
Kimberly Fish started writing professionally with the birth of her second child and the purchase of a home computer. Having found this dubious outlet, she then entered and won The Writer’s League of Texas manuscript contest which fed her on-going fascination with story crafting. She has since published in magazines, newspapers, and online formats and in 2017, released the first novel in a series set during the World War II years in Longview, Texas—The Big Inch. She lives with her family in East Texas.
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