by Jerri Corgiat

August 2005
ISBN: 0-451-21621-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Marigold McKenzie O'Malley, better known to Mari to friends and family, followed her dreams to Kansas City and left her Ozark home behind. A failed love affair and a business that went bust have left Mari broke and wondering which way to turn. When Mari's older sisters insist she come home to take care of their mother during her recuperation from a heart attack, Mari at first is reluctant, but gives in. Mari can use the time to help her proud and stubborn mother and ponder her own future.

Soon after her return to her hometown of Cordelia, Missouri, Mari runs into Andy Eppelwaite, formerly known as "No Account Andy". Mari and Andy had been childhood friends, but Andy's later drinking and other issues had earned him the derisive nickname. Andy has "cleaned up his act", thanks to AA and now works with troubled boys. Mari feels an attraction to Andy that is much stronger than friendship. She can deal with his past, but is afraid Andy will not want to be around her if he finds out some of her past secrets..

Home At Last is the third book in a heartwarming series. Ms. Corgiat's superb writing provides enough background that this novel can stand well on its own. To truly enjoy the richness and emotional depth of this fabulous family story, I highly recommend reading Sing Me Home and Follow Me Home .

Mari is a heroine who has to deal with past mistakes and emotional baggage. Andy, the hero, has a troubled past of his own he is still trying to overcome. Ms. Corgiat makes this pair come alive with rich detail and authentic dialog. By the end of the novel, the reader will feel she could go to the cafe in Cordelia and chat with any of the characters over a cup of coffee and homemade pie.

Although there is a satisfying steamy love scene, the emphasis is more on a tender love story. The love of family is explored at length, too. The lack of family love and neglect is also addressed through the boys at the camp where Andy works. Home At Last is sure to tug at the heartstrings and charm all readers of contemporary romance.

Reviewed in July 2005 by Roberta.

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