Farrah Rochon – Romance and the Comfort Read

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The Joy of the Comfort Read

I have a confession to make. At one time I thought myself much too intellectual to read AYCH Cover_SMjpegromance. That’s right, this author of twenty-plus romance novels and novellas is a reformed romance snob.

It wasn’t entirely my fault. This lapse in judgment happened during my college years, when I thought one had to read “serious” fiction in order to be taken seriously. Back in those days, my reading tastes veered more toward the latest Oprah’s Book Club pick. Then, one day, my sister put LaVyrle Spencer’s Separate Beds in my hands, and my life changed forever.

I can’t remember the exact number of times I read that book during those months after I was first introduced to it, but it was enough times that the pages began to fall out. I carried it around with me as if it was a magical talisman, capable of catapulting me into another world whenever I needed an escape. In a way, that book really was magic, because it introduced me to the world of romance. And to the joy of the comfort read.

There is nothing like a good comfort read. We all have them. Those books that you can recite verbatim, yet continue to read over and over again.  You look at the covers and a sense of peace washes over you. I’m not the only person who experiences this, am I?

I don’t know exactly what it was about those early books by the incomparable Ms. Spencer, Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood and Sandra Brown; I just know that those stories touched my soul in a way that, to this day, I still cannot find adequate words to describe.  I remember the first time I moved away from home. I made sure to pack copies of my favorite comfort reads, because I knew that if I ever felt homesick I would find solace within those pages. The characters became friends I could always rely on, and those stories became my security blanket. 

It wasn’t until years later that I recognized that it was the emotion those books evoked that made them comfort reads. The writing was fantastic, and the characters were memorable, but it was the way those stories made me feel that continues to resonate with me. If I pick up one of my many copies of Judith McNaught’s Paradise, the book will automatically open to some of my favorite scenes. That’s because when my world is chaotic and I need to escape, I pull that book off the shelf and reread my favorite parts over and over again. I count on the heart tug that I know those words will induce. The tightening in my chest when Matt and Meredith argue, and the satisfied sigh when they make up. Yes, that is the joy of a comfort read.

As the years go by I find that my reading tastes change. Romance has come a long way Farrah's Comfort Readsfrom the damsel in distress heroines who always needed rescuing, and those jerk heroes who I often times wanted to slap upside the head. However, my comfort reads endure, no matter how out-of-date the stories may be. When it comes to McNaught’s Whitney, My Love, Sandra Brown’s The Witness, or Suzanne Brockmann’s Over The Edge, I’m willing to forgive whatever flaws the characters may have and just lose myself in the amazing worlds those authors created. I’m sensing a reread coming on right now.

What are some of your comfort reads?

Farrah recommends:

Phyllis Bourne    ~    phyllisbourne.com  &

Rebekah Weatherspoon    ~    rebekahweatherspoon.com

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

This is going to sound really cheesy, but it was the first time I saw my book in print. My author copies were delayed because of some sort of mix up, so I didn’t get them months ahead of the release date. A few days before Deliver Me’s release, my sister stopped in at a local independent bookstore and convinced the proprietor to sell her a copy. She then hid the book in plain sight, placing it among the other paperbacks on my bookshelves. When I spotted that spine with my name on it my heart filled with so much joy I truly thought it would burst. It was the best feeling ever!

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

Without a doubt, it’s Walt Disney World. We are HUGE Disney fans in my family. There is nothing like walking down Main Street U.S.A. with my niece and nephew in tow. Even though I visit several times a year, it is never enough.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

Aerosmith’s Love In An Elevator. It’s another of those Disney things. The song is featured in Disney’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster ride and is tied to one of the best bonding moments I ever had with my little sister (who happens to work in Disney’s Magic Kingdom). 

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

Actually, it’s a set of books. I discovered Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series several months ago, and it was the first time in years that I felt compelled to read every single book back-to-back-to-back. I could not get enough of them!

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

Christopher Plummer! The Sound of Music is one of my very favorite movies, and Mr. Plummer was one of my earlier crushes.

Farrah is generously giving away an autographed set of my entire Bayou Dreams series (A Forever Kind of Love, Always and Forever, Yours Forever, Forever’s Promise, Forever With You, and Stay With Me Forever), along with a $10 Starbucks gift card to one lucky US reader (apologies to international friends).

To enter, you may comment below on this blog post or at the RARM facebook page post (find it here). Or both. But you must comment somewhere. And you get a bonus entry if you share the FB post. xo

Farrah and MickeyFarrah Rochon hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She has garnered much acclaim for her Holmes Brothers and Bayou Dreams series. Farrah has been twice nominated for the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America and the RT BOOKReviews Reviewer’s Choice Award. She can usually be found on Twitter or at a Broadway show.

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  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I love books that turn into comfort reads. I don’t have particular books but authors. Kristan Higgins brings me comfort when I read her books.

    • Oh, absolutely. If ever I need a good chuckle and a heartwarming story, Kristan Higgins delivers.

  • Great interview… And BTW, I’m totally team Chris Hemsworth 😉

    • Thanks, Danielle! Chris Hemsworth runs a veeerrryyy close second (psst…depending on the day, he sometimes edges into first place).

  • Piper Huguley

    I’m not surprised that it was LaVyrle Spencer who brought you in. She’s amazing. But I’m glad she converted you! 🙂

    • I’d read a few of my aunt’s Harlequin Presents, but it was Ms. Spencer who started it all. I love, love, love her work.

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    I’m all about comfort reads.

  • Karen Mikusak

    Awesome giveaway! Would love to win. Liked and shared.

  • Emmel

    My daughter just went off to college with a milk crate filled with her romance comfort reads!

    • Best of luck to your daughter, Emmel! I did the same thing when I went away for school. Having my comfort reads with me was so helpful.

  • catslady

    Shared on FB. All my romance books are comfort reads. I do read other kinds but I always go back to my romances.

  • Consuella Jackson

    chemo treatments took more than five hours, plus I had to see the doctor first,
    so I took my Kindle. I’d spend a few minutes reading my current book, but
    invariably I turned to Rochelle Alers, Beverly Jenkins and Brenda Jackson’s
    books. It didn’t matter that I’d read them all at least once, I was able to
    lose my self in them. They were my comfort food during that time. Several
    people, including the nurses asked what I was reading and I shared my story
    with them. A few of them gave my books a try.

    My reading didn’t stop when I left. When the side-effects of the treatments hit
    me 2 days later, I’d reach for my friends. My books and my music kept my
    spirits up.

    • Consuella, as an author, I couldn’t imagine anything more rewarding than knowing that words I’d written had helped someone through such a trying time. I hope you’ve shared your stories with Mrs. Alers, Jenkins and Jackson. I’m sure they’d want to hear it. And I hope the chemo treatments are going well. Thanks for stopping in!

      • Consuella Jackson

        I haven’t shared it with Rochelle Alers or Brenda Jackson, but Ms. Bev knows. I was stage 4 in January 2014. When I came to Dallas I had completed 6 rounds of chemo, followed by surgery and 2 more rounds of chemo. I am still here. I went to Dallas not knowing what to expect or knowing anyone at the Slam Jam. I went with one purpose in mind and that was to meet Beverly Jenkins. I met so many wonderful people, including you, and the event surpassed anything I could have imagined.

        I was to meet with one of my former students and his family and was saddened because he was out of town. I got over that quickly. BTW, his sister, another former student, gave me $50 to spend!!!

        Life is good! Romance novels are the icing on the cake! Keep writing.

        • I hope the chemo can finally kick that cancer out of you, Consuella. I want to see you at many, many Romance Slam Jams to come!

  • Aye Lopez

    Thanks for the chance! I commented on fb page 🙂

  • There are so many books out there yet-to-be-discovered that I don’t typically re-read books from cover-to-cover. There are books I love so much that I will often re-read scenes that I particularly enjoyed. There are also several books that I find comforting and frequently call to mind, like Pride and Prejudice or Little Women.

    • Thanks for stopping in and for sharing the post, Reese! I’ll admit, I very rarely read my comfort reads from cover-to-cover these days. Like you, I’ll re-read some of my favorite scenes. However, what usually happens is that I’ll pull it off the shelf intending to read just a couple of pages and HOURS later I find myself re-reading all of my favorite scenes, lol.

  • Kareni

    Comfort reads ~ ahh, I have so many. LaVyrle Spencer’s Morning Glory; books by J.D. Robb, Thea Harrison, and Jo Goodman; and Linda Howard’s Mackenzie’s Mountain to name a few. And those are just the ones in the romance genre; I have several others that are Star Trek books. Thanks for a fun post and the opportunity to win.

    • Kareni, I’ve taken Linda Howard’s Mr. Perfect and All The Queen’s Men off the shelf a few times, too. I’d add those to my comfort reads list. Thanks for stopping in!

  • Sue G.

    I love Disney too! Although since we are in Ohio, we only get to go every 5 years or so.

    • Love, love, love encountering another fanatic of the Mouse, Sue. 🙂

      • Sue G.

        All three of my kids were in marching band in high school and got to perform in the night time parade. Not much cooler than seeing your kids march down Main Street. Youngest is a tuba/sousaphone…very neat to see!

        • Talk about memories of a lifetime! That is awesome!

  • Debbie Fuller

    You are not alone on comfort reads, I am right along side you. Most people can’t understand why I re-read certain books over and over and you are so right that it’s because of the emotions they bring to the surface. Thank you for taking the time to post here. I’ve never read your books, so I would love to win this series.

    • Hi Debbie, thanks for stopping by! It took me a while to realize it was the emotional connection. When I want to feel a certain way, I know exactly which book to pick up and which scenes in the book to read.

      Good luck in the contest!

  • Deana Dick

    Comfort reads and me are great friends. I love the way the story flows with ease and adds a hint of romance .

  • Bernadette Long

    Comfort books and comfort foods are a necessary part of life.

    • I must agree, Bernadette. After a rough day, a favorite meal and favorite book are just required.

  • Rose K

    Some have comfort food (and lord KNOWS, I love me some dark chocolate), but nothing ever brings me more comfort than re-reading a favorite book. I have friends who never redo anything — whether it is rereading a book or rewatching a show/movie; I’ve never been able to understand that. Nothing seems more appealing or satisfying than immersing one’s self in a familiar, treasured world full of beloved characters.

    • “Nothing seems more appealing or satisfying than immersing one’s self in a familiar, treasured world full of beloved characters.”

      Absolutely this, Rose!!! Perfectly put!

  • Joyce M. Hudson

    I much prefer comfort reading books instead of comfort food of which adds on the not so needed pounds. I don’t have much time to re-read books. I love connecting stories by authors Kym Glosso, AC Arthur, Brenda Jackson, Nikki Charles, Farrah Rochon, Donna Hill and Sheryl Lister to name a few.

    • Thanks for including me in that list, Joyce! And I agree about the no-so-needed pounds, lol.

  • DaKia Scott

    Now I know that it has a name and I’m not alone…..I feel much better. My comfort reads from you are The Holmes Brothers Series and I’ll Catch You. Whenever I’m reading a book my husband will ask…How many times have you read that book?

    • Knowing how much I love my comfort reads, I am beyond honored to have written some of yours, DaKia! Thank you!!!

  • mariannewestrich

    Comfort reads are so important. I find myself returning to Virgin River with Robyn Carr whenever I need to visit “friends”. And I love Disney! We go every other year the whole week after Thanksgiving. It’s fantastic. We don’t have any kids, but we act like we’re the kids when we’re there. And BONUS – the Christmas decorations are all up then!

    • Marianne, I started Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series just after the second book was released. It was agony waiting for the books to be released (by at least they were usually back-to-back-to-back). I could totally hang out in that town.

      Oh, and my sister and I don’t have kids either, but that doesn’t stop of from going to Disney several times a year. We do have a niece and nephew, but we sometimes leave them home, lol. I’ll be back there next month. Can’t wait!!!

  • Ren

    I am a comfort read-aholic lol. I’m trying to limit comfort food…well sort of trying.

    • It’s way too hard to limit the things that give us comfort, both food and books, lol.

  • Amanda McFee Presley

    My comfort reads are brenda Jackson and farrah rochon. I’m just happy to get an extra moment to read when school is back in session, so reading anything will comfort me, lol.

  • Erin F

    My comfort read is Julie Garwood too!!! She was my gateway into romance and I fell in love with her laugh out loud romances. This is the only author that I tolerated “the damsel in distress heroines who always needed rescuing, and those jerk heroes who I often times wanted to slap upside the head” 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Erin, I love Julie Garwood so, so much! The Bride, The Wedding and Honor’s Splendor are just every thing a romance should be.

  • LSUReader

    Another Louisiana native who shares the Disney love! Thanks for visiting today.

  • Marcy Shuler

    I love LaVyrle Spencer and Judith McNaught! It’s funny how I can recall so much of those stories even after all these years. That’s the sign of a great book.

    • Absolutely, Marcy. Some of their books may be dated, but they remain timeless in my eyes.

  • Thanks for including me in that list, Katie! And thanks for stopping by! Bookaholics are my kind of people. 🙂

  • Linda Henderson

    Liked and shared on Facebook. I’m really enjoying the month of romance. I’ve been introduced to some new to me authors and got some author recommendations that I will definitely be checking out.

  • Christyna

    Oh, many of the authors you mentioned are my comfort reads, too. Ah, thank goodness for them!! I, too, take some of my favs off my bookshelf and re-read scenes that make my heart sigh, melt, pump, and/or breathe. 😉

  • Kathleen

    I have quite a few comfort reads. I love Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann. Sam and Alyssa are my favorite couple of all time. I also love Brenda Novak’s Whiskey Creek and her Dundee, Idaho series. And I often reread Beverly Jenkins. My favorites are The Taming Of Jessi Rose, Night Hawk, and A Chance At Love. Okay. Everything by Beverly Jenkins gets a reread from time to time.

    • Kathleen, we’re basically reading twins! I was completely obsessed with Same and Alyssa. Like ridiculously obsessed. And I LOVED Brenda Novak’s Dundee, Idaho series, especially “Stranger in Town.” Loved it!

      And don’t get me started on Beverly Jenkins! Preacher from Night Hawk. Oh, goodness!

  • Carol Luciano

    Enjoyed the post. My comfort reads are basically all books of the romance genre. To name a few, Hope Ramsry, Grace Burrows, Kristin Higgins, Julie Garwood etc etc.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  • Texas Book Lover

    I just picked up Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instinct series now I’m even more excited to dig into it.

  • Dawn Anderson

    My comfort reads have gotten me through some rough patches. I still carry around copies of all of Jennifer Crusie’s books, Jill Shalvis’s Wilder series, Lori Foster’s Visitation series and Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins.

    • Dawn, sometimes my comfort reads are the ONLY thing I can count on during those rough patches. Thanks for stopping in!

  • Range Girl

    I was a total romance snob when I was younger. In 2011, some internet friends pushed me into meeting them at RomCon in Denver since we’d never met. Since my family is in CO, I agreed. Only then did I start reading romance because I wanted to be knowledgeable about the authors I was going to meet at the convention. Now I read nothing else, and I really wish I’d start reading it when I was younger.

    I’m so ashamed. *hangs head*

    • Join the reformed snob club. No need for us to hang our heads in shame now that we’ve learned the error of our ways. LOL.

  • “It was the emotion those books evoked that made them comfort reads”: a big YES! My comfort reads: IAD by K. Cole, Psy/Changeling by Nalini Singh, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Stormqueen and The mists of Avalon, Dance with the devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Harry Potter. 😀

    • A paranormal girl, for sure. 🙂 I loved Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters.

  • Pamby50

    Yes I have my comfort reads. The first romance novel I read was Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Every few years I have to read it. Love LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, Sandra Brown, Julie Garwood and Lucy Monroe.

    • Pamby, we share so much of the same comfort read authors! And Woodiwiss’s “Shanna” was my dear Aunt Lois’s favorite romance of all time. I credit my aunt with instilling a love of reading in me. I dedicated my very first book to her memory.

      • Pamby50

        I just visited your website. Is the book you dedicated to your Aunt Lois, Deliver Me? If it is, I’ll have to get it. I checked my kindle. I have several of yours but not that one.

        • Yep, that’s the one. Hope you enjoy it, along with the others on your Kindle. 🙂

  • donnas

    Its all so true. For comfort reads I like early Nora.

  • Diana O’Steen

    I can so relate to some of your answers. The first time Chris Plummer and Julie Andrews came together to dance in Sound of Music was a timeless romantic moment. My earliest comfort reads were L.M. Montgomery (giving away my age here), Gene Stratton Porter, Grace Livingston Hill and Georgette Heyer. Later I added Nora Roberts (Irish Jewels trilogy and the Chesapeake series, i.e.), Bianca D’Arc, S.E. Smith, Helen Scott Taylor (Army Doctors series), Tina Folsom, Barbara Longley, Catherine Bybee (Maccoinnich Time Travel series) and Caryn Moya Block (yes, I lean towards the paranormal nowadays ). I too own everything by Jennifer Crusie that I could get my hands on. But Anne McCaffrey gave whole new slant to romance and love with The Ship Who Sang and The Ship Who Searched.

    Thank you SO much for reminding me of all of these things. Just trying to express how full my heart is extends this pleasure.

    Please forgive me for being so long winded. 🙂

    • Diana, I know exactly how you feel! I love hearing about everyone’s comfort reads. Only readers know this particular type of joy. Thanks for dropping in! 🙂

  • T. Rosado

    I can relate so much to your comments about being a romance snob. My sister used to hide away in her room reading harlequins from the time she got home from school until dinner and then back to her room. I was four years younger, so I didn’t see the appeal at all. In college I was just too busy studying to read anything for pleasure. It wasn’t until nearly 1 year ago and 20 years after college graduation that I picked up a romance. It was a romantic comedy called Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon. Although I read varying genres, I now have a heavy load of romance books in my rotation.
    As for my comfort reads, I veer towards romantic comedy. I rarely re-read books, but I sometimes find myself picking a book from my keeper shelf to thumb through and then find myself 15 chapters later feeling better than ever. My favorite books on my keeper shelf are by authors Penny Reid, Kristen Ashley, Jennifer Crusie, Katherine Reay, and Susan May Warren.

  • Carin Shaughnessy

    You named some of my very favorite authors as your comfort reads; Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood, and Lavryle Spencer. I have a friend who in
    the last 2 years started reading romances and while she has turned me on to quite a few new ones, she is discovering these authors for the first time! It is like talking about a dear friend to someone new. I am so happy to share my books with her since I have almost every one by them.

  • kirsten west

    Haven’t been to Disney in awhile, but you’re never too old to enjoy it!

  • Jennifer C

    Wow, your giveaway is so generous! I also once was a romance snob…but I feed my snobbiness with rotating genres (because I love so many). I am so happy to have found your books!

  • Michele H.

    Reformed romance snob here too. Now, I have overflowing shelves of romance of all subgenres! My comfort reads are Jayne Ann Krentz (in all her pseudonyms) and Jenny Crusie (especially Welcome to Temptation or Agnes & the Hitman). However, with so many books in the TBR pile, I rarely get an opportunity to reread old favorites. Often when I need a comfort read, I gravitate towards types- a new category historical or romantic suspense from a familiar author, a small town romance, a cozy mystery… I am rarely let down.

  • Diane Sallans

    I haven’t gotten back to Disney World (or Land) in years – would love to go again!

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I know I’m late posting – I’ve had a life interrupted week. After marrying my hubby I tried to be more sophisticated & worldly and stopped reading my romance books. It took a few years of being overwhelmed between my four kids, teaching high school all day, and then having hubby go off to work in the evening & “single parenting” before I decided I needed my comfort reading again. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on joy and romance.

  • Joanna Moreno

    I don’t think I ever was a romance snob but I do believe I was a bit ashamed of accepting I liked reading romance. People knew I like reading so they never questioned what kind of books I read as I was growing up however there was a point in my life where I would ever cover the name and authors of some books just to prevent others from noticing what I was reading. Now I’m thankful to the romance community, both readers and authors for making me realize there is no shame in reading what I choose to read and being empowered by making my own choices. Romance all the way!