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
Excerpt, Chapter 1, Part 1
from Comfort Plans
This particular February Saturday started as any other ordinary Saturday, and almost all of Colette Sheridan’s Saturdays were ordinary. Coffee on the ruler wide deck of her cozy apartment, a thorough read of the San Antonio Express News, enough housekeeping to keep her living room from soliciting rude comments from her relatives, and the brunch buffet at La Fogata’s with her mother. This afternoon was an almost perfect example of the equanimity one could enjoy when one had few responsibilities.
So, it took immense focus as she latched onto the remnants of that bliss while pinning pearls to her ears and listening to her grandfather repeat his disappointment.
“Colette, there isn’t time for shenanigans anymore. You spend hours telling me why you can’t be president of our family firm, and I need to hear you tell me why you can.” He wheezed. “It’s now or never.”
He wasn’t going to be cajoled with her usual list of numbered and sub-pointed reasons detailing why a junior architect, who never actually took her Architectural Registration Exam, was ill-suited to run a fifty-year-old, architecture firm on the riverbanks of downtown San Antonio. She checked her watch—not that she didn’t already know that she was late for her DuPaul cousin’s wedding, but sometimes Nathan Sheridan needed an object lesson. “I am leaving in ten seconds.” She turned on the tea-stained heel, dyed to match the chiffon dress that made her look anemic and sleep deprived. “There’s no time to get into another round of this now. You know the legalities.”
“And you could still take the test!”
Though her grandfather’s face flushed with color, that wasn’t the reason she hesitated in rehashing familiar terrain. Not entirely, though she had seen him hesitate after crossing his manicured lawn and measuring the stairs up to her door above his three-car garage, and that was a red flag regarding a man who’d perfected stair-master before it was chic. She didn’t want to argue with him about becoming president of the firm because, in typical Sheridan fashion, her grandfather had glossed over the significance of this week.
His twig-like fingers clasped her arm with a strength that belied his eighty years. “I’m bringing in someone else.”
If only, she wanted to mutter. He’d been teasing this moment for two summers and she’d long since accepted that, despite his age, her grandfather didn’t make a choice because he didn’t really want to retire. Colette stepped away from his grasp as she reached for the evening purse she’d bought on her honeymoon. “Goodbye, G Daddy. Don’t forget to lock the door behind you.”
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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