Patsy Lee married into the big O'Malley clan and they have certainly been there for her since her husband died. Still, things aren't always easy when there are four children, a menagerie of animals, and an old farmhouse to take up most of the time, as well as going back to college. Life is very fast paced for Patsy Lee even in the small town atmosphere of Cordelia, Missouri. Fate seems to want to slow her down when a fall and a broken ankle change everything.
Patsy Lee will need to stay off her feet for several weeks, so she definitely is in need of help in running her household. Her extended family wants to help, but there are pressing previous commitments. An unexpected volunteer steps up in the form of Zeke Townley, a former country music star. Zeke has his hands full with all the numerous chores and tasks it takes to run Patsy Lee's home, but he sees family life in a whole new light.
Patsy Lee is drawn to Zeke, but is nervous about any romantic relationship with her concerns over Zeke's future plans and his reaction to her body, which has borne four children. She has time to ponder on this, her past and all its emotional baggage while she is recovering, along with her dreams for the future.
Zeke has his own issues to deal with and, although he becomes attached to Patsy Lee and her family, he wonders if the small town life of Cordelia will be enough for him. Zeke is a take charge sort of hero, but with an engaging tenderness. Both Zeke and Patsy Lee are past forty, which is a refreshing change for those of us who are part of the more mature set. Love truly can be lovely the second time around.
Home by Starlight is the latest in Ms. Corgiat's charming Ozark Home series. Fans will be happy to see favorite characters from earlier books are back in minor roles. If you are new to the series, Home by Starlight can be read on its own, but you won't experience the feeling of kinship with all the engaging characters unless you read the whole series from the beginning. Ms. Corgiat has worked her writing magic again and the return visit to Cordelia is as warm and friendly as a visit with old friends. At the same time, this author is not afraid to take an unflinching look at issues that face us all whether we live in a small town or a big city. Through it all, Ms. Corgiat reminds the reader that love in its many forms and a sense of community and family are what is most important in a life well lived.