Fiction - Chick Lit
176 Pages
Reviewed on 05/11/2011
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Author Biography

Kimberly Vargas manages the Human Resources department for Modern Postcard in Carlsbad, California. She has created various instructional design content for companies such as Capital One and GEICO.

Kimberly lives in San Diego County with her husband Michael and their three dogs. This is her first novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Her name was Mary Fait. She was the granddaughter of Jean-Luc Fait, one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. So why was she in the office of Dr. Alicia Baldwin? Baldwin's first impression of Mary was that she was cold and rude. Mary gave the doctor her diaries to read. While most diaries are in chronological order, Mary color coded her diaries according to her mood. Mary told the doctor she had a fracture in her soul; it was as though a piece of her was missing. After reading the diaries the doctor knew where the to key to Mary's problems was hidden.

I've tried to be careful with this review not to give away too much. The author took a unique and a bit risky path to tell this tale. She allowed the reader to partake of Mary Veronica's diaries. Through Mary's thoughts the reader is transported back to 1989. Mary Veronica escaped to Louisiana for her education. Through the diary we are introduced to several characters and much of the culture of the area. At times life was an escape and at times it was an adventure. I found myself smiling at some of the scenes, and toward the end, I found myself in tears. Kudos to the author for taking such an original approach.

The more I read the more I wanted to read. The author successfully created characters that I cared about. I liked Mary, and I wanted to see her find happiness. Richard was not my favorite character; I thought he was rather pompous. Bubba, Lou and the other locals at the Gumbeaux had wonderful personalities. The plot has several twists and turns. This is not a high octane book, but it is easy to recommend it.


The author does a fantastic job evoking emotion. She succeeds at taking you on a trip for the price of a book. Fantastic read for anyone who likes reading.


This book was a lot funnier than I would have expected! Every enjoyable. Made me want to go to New Orleans and go on a culinary tour of the town.


Having spent the first 30 years of my life "on the bayou" I am an authority on Louisiana characters. The characters in Gumbeaux absolutely hit the mark. These ladies and gents are as entertaining as it gets. The writing makes me long for mint julips and magnolias. Thank you Kimberly Vargas, Gumbeaux is truly a love letter to my home!!!!

Jennifer J.

This is a very easy read about a young woman and her experiences in the early 1990's while attending college in a small town in Louisiana. The story reads as a series of diary entries which chronicle the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of the main character during this time in her life. The novel's title refers to a cajun restaurant in which the main character works as a waitress. The colorful descriptions of the town of Bayou Bend, the college, its inhabitants and the surrounding areas paint a vivid and amusing tale of life in the South.


I found this a very fun and fast read, a great diversion from the "real world" and a great imaginary journey to a most interesting and time place. The characters are rich and rewarding and the plot kept me on my toes and eager for more. Can't wait for the sequel :)