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The Comfort of Favorite Things

(Hope Springs #5)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  699 ratings  ·  49 reviews
No matter how many years Dakota Keller has spent trying, he can’t outrun his past, so when a private investigator tells him his sister needs him, he travels to the small Texas town of Hope Springs to start a new life with the support of his siblings. When he arrives to do a routine construction job at the town’s new espresso bar, he’s shocked to discover that the owner is ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Montlake Romance
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After escaping an abusive relationship Thea returned to her childhood home of Hope Springs with a suitcase full of money and ragtag group of women, other survivors of domestic violence. She immediately bought a decrepit old house and a shop with plans on turning the house into a shelter for women on the run from their abusers and the shop as a place to get them working and earning a few dollars.

Then her boyfriend from high school walks in the door and she finds herself dealing with her past as
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This title was particularly apt for me since the story contained so many of my romance-novel favorite things: a small-town setting, connections to other books, and the reunion trope. Dakota Keller, who fled from his siblings when he was released from prison, has now reconnected with them, but unlike Tennessee and Indiana, he is not expecting to put down roots in Hope Springs. Still, while he is there waiting to decide where he will wander next, he is willing to work with his brother Tennessee in ...more
Christi Snow
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review:
I've only read one other book in this series, the one right before this one, and really liked it so when I saw this one come up for review, I grabbed it. While that one was all about chocolate, this one took place surrounding one of my other favorite

Thea is super-woman...she's just opened a pseudo-shelter for battered women, is in the process of renovating a storefront for her coffee, soup, and bread shop, and she's also debating buying into another business in thi
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this one expecting a fun romance and boy, was I quickly slapped in the face as this one had a bit of a dark side. The thing is, I found that I liked that part of the story. I think what made this work was that both Dakota and Thea had a dark past.

I loved what Thea was working towards with Bread and Beans, loved that the business would be a safe place for a new start for so many. I loved it when some of those in town realized what Thea was doing and they did what they could to help.

Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series but did not like this most recent installment as much. Too many relationships being developed and as some other reviewers have said, too much reiteration of what had originally caused the Keller siblings to be separated but never any REAL discussion or counseling or anything; just bringing it up again and again. At least Dakota and Thea had conversations about their pasts but even still at times it seemed like they suddenly had relationship changes without m ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I didn't like this story as much as the others in the series. I really wanted to know more about Dakota from the hints I got from the other books. But this didn't feel like enough. I'm still missing something and I didn't feel the connection between Dakota and Thea like I did with the couple's of the previous books which I really enjoyed. I liked the Becca character a lot. I wouldn't mind a story of just her and Manny but Ellie and Lena was weird for me and random.
Isabel *IsaBooks*
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

A sweet book that walks a little on the dark side.

Nothing really happens until about 80% of the book. Just storytelling and a little insight to all the characters.

It was still a good book, well deserving of a 3 star rating.

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy as much as previous titles in the series. I felt it was a constant rehashing of the near rape of Indiana. Also as a previous reader says they are two other romance stories going on but not really because all three couple romance go at a very slow pace. With that said I do enjoy this series and am hoping that the author will give us Will's story next.
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, kindle, romance
there were too many people and too many stories in this one so you never felt like you got to know anyone and it all worked out easily and quickly for them, not the usual standard for this series.
Dotti Elrick
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great story added to the Hope Springs series.
Dakota, the third Keller sibling finds his happily ever after.

When I saw Thea was the heroine of Dakotas story, I wasn’t sure how I felt about that. But to be fair, I only saw her from the point of view of Dakotas fourteen year old sister.

This story was about second chances.
Dakota and Thea were high school sweethearts. Then a bad decision on Dakotas part sent him to prison for three years. Ten plus years later finds them both back in Hope S
Alissa Cornell
This books of the series was definitely my least favorite. There were too many story lines going on throughout this book. It was hard to fall in love with the characters when neither of them got to tell the full extent of their stories. The author could have definitely created a story for each one of them and still kept the audience's attention.
Kitten  Peters
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book

This book is about Dakota and The a. Will he break her heart again or will he stay. Can he find himself with family and friends or we he leave to be the lone wolf again?
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The comfort of favorite things

Oh my you got me again.well done.Love stories of family,life,love and all that happens in between.All I can say is friends,pick up a copy of book one in Hope Springs.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thea and Dakota

In book 5 we revisit Hope Springs. We delve further into the life of Dakota. Thea Clark emerges as a dominant character. Ms Kent manages to weave an interesting plot around believable characters.
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book!
Jennifer Hill
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
I liked learning more about Dakota and Thea, and the other ladies in the house. It was interesting, but in the end I didn't really feel like anything got resolved and it left me hanging.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series!!!

I loved this book from start to finish.

I love the characters and the story.
Cindy Check
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
incredible Read

I only hope that there are a few more books to find out about the rest of the charactures.
5 Star's
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully sweet cozy romance. Just what I needed.
Anita Rohn
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Hopes and dreams settle into place when everyone decides the past is past and it's what made them who they are family friends and a town full of hope.
Marsha Spohn
First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

I was so excited to finally have Dakota’s story. He has been within almost every story in the Hope Springs series. In The Comfort of Favorite Things we will get the chance to hear directly from Dakota, as he gives us his reasons for disappearing for so long and where his future will lie.

This fifth novel of the series also touches on some very important and sensitive subjects with a realistic touch and compassion for those who have dealt with some of the worst t
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended for: Readers who likes small town charms, slow plot, multilayered characters and great secondary characters.
This book is part of the Hope Springs series but can standalone (however there are intersecting characters from previous books that are somewhat connected to the main characters)
Triggers: Domestic and sexual abuse (experienced in the characters past)

This book kind of took me by surprise. I was expecting second chance romance and instead I got second chance at life. The Comfort
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dakota is ready to move on again he just doesn't know when or where he will be moving onto next he just knows its time. He just never expected to walk into his past and then have to start 2nd guessing whats he's really been running from or more or less running too. Now is the time to decide does he stay or does he go and will his siblings really see this as a good thing? Thea she has secrets not just hers but 3 other women she has secrets she wants and needs to protect. She just lost her contrac ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
5th and last book of series. Its about Dakota and Thea. Dakota was finally found and came back to Hope Springs the night Ten and Kaylie's daughter Georgia is born. He has stayed around about a year trying to reconnect with his bother and sister. Thea has just moved into town opening the Bread and Bean shop in town next to Cullum's Bliss candy shop. Dakota and Thea were together back as teens up until he was sent to prison. Thea left town after graduation and fell into a very abusive relationship ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it
While I always enjoy a great second chance romance this one offered a bit more than that. Thea and Dakota were high school lovers/sweethearts when their world was torn apart. After taking revenge for an act committed against his sister Indiana, Dakota went to prison. He came out a changed man, of course, but underneath the tough skin he was still her love. The women in this story have the same thing in common, victims of domestic abuse both physical and psychological. It would be nice to think t ...more
This was a wonderful story, heartfelt, powerful in how the female characters all contributed to their relationships. There was battered wives, girlfriends, children... there was a hero with a criminal record and a heart of gold.

There are mini stories of co-starring characters with diversity, there is a lesbian relationship, a black female soldier, a white battered on the run wife with children as well as the siblings of the hero (one of which is also a rape victim),

The main leads were Thea (who
Mignon Mykel
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, series
Received a copy of the title in exchange for an honest review.

In this heartwarming second chance love story, the most prominent thing we watch is a battered, broken woman finding her own and taking that horrid past and doing good with it. Kudos to Thea for finding a way to make a safe haven for other women who find themselves in the same situation she was in.

I loved Thea's drive and her will for life. I loved her ambition and loved her sense of accomplishment when she started (and completed) h
Melanie Simpson
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love It!

A great continuation of the Hope Spring series. This series is one of my very favorites. I loved the multiple story lines/ romances going on and that is usually not something I go for as it tends to dilute the main story. There was just enough of the secondary characters stories to make you understand and care and they all tied in perfectly. Alison nailed it. The domestic violence topic was handled well - seriously but tastefully, and the female/female relationship was written so well th
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love the name of the town, Hope Springs, as well as the town itself. And no one has needed hope more than the characters of The Comfort of Favorite Things (Hope Springs Novel 5) by Alison Kent. I have enjoyed all of the previous books in the series, as well as this one.

Dakota and Thea have a second chance for love after surviving some serious struggles. I was rooting for them but could see how the past provided some difficult obstacles. It is not just these two that have tragic past but also s
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
generally, this story was very good; however! 1) conflate/conflating -- show of hands, how many people had to look up that word? 2) the correct usage is NOT "try and", it is "try to". a good editor should absolutely know this. 3) the whole point of Thea's home was a women's shelter. it was hinted that her shelter had connections to others and to other co-ops. i would really have enjoyed a little more development of the storyline there. i also would have enjoyed a little more storyline about how ...more
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