After his long-time girlfriend bailed out, life simply bored Zeke Townley. San Francisco stifled him. Travel depressed him. He felt old! He needed a change . . . and suddenly he found it . . . with widow Patsy Lee O'Malley's family.
When Patsy Lee broke an ankle, someone had to step in to help! And just like that, Zeke Townley's drab life had new meaning. In fact, the entire scene was a whole lot of fun! Getting to know Patricia O'Malley was a remarkable adventure - like peeling an onion! This small-town girl was one surprising woman. Country-born, country-bred, Patsy Lee (Patricia - as she preferred) had everything he wanted! That was not to say, taking care of her was a barrel of laughs! Zeke felt tired at the end of each day, frustration loomed, and at times, only a man's honor made him stay! Still life with Patricia O'Malley and her family made him realize what missing in his life! Now, he knew his restlessness was not a famine of things to do, but the absence of someone to do them with! Besides, he enjoyed Patricia's company. Although, she could be obstinate, most times she was kind, generous, and very intelligent! Could these be the feelings of love? He didn't know! And this unknown sensation was a brand-new experience for Zeke Townley!
Groan! He had the patience of a saint! Now as the famous (retired) singing star, Zeke Townley, waited on her, Patricia O'Malley feared she would kill him! He brought her blankets and books and cheerfully he cooked her meals and brewed her tea. Unknown frustration seeped through her body and surging ire formed in her brain and Mr. Wonderful steeped more Tension Tamer Tea! What a man! He straightened her kitchen cupboards, edited the family menus, and made sure the kids did their chores - happily! Patricia was becoming a shrew and she KNEW she would kill him! OK . . . ok he was pleasant to have around - sometimes! And yes, he was very attractive and yes, she was drawn. Well, so what! In Patricia O'Malley's life, her children and her chaotic life would always come first! But was she confusing the need to oblige over the need to love? Could she see beyond duty and security to even consider the needs of longing?
This is a sequel (Book 4 in the O'Malley Sisters series) and as HOME BY STARLIGHT launched, so many characters milled about that my brain soon hollered "Overload, Overload!" Yet, eventually Jerri Corgiat did settle down and turned HOME BY STARLIGHT into a fine story.
Ms. Corgiat has a remarkable gift for description and she sets a most satisfying pace. Even the slow process, in which Zeke and Patsy fall in love, seemed satisfying. Of course, the path to understanding, self-awareness, and mutual agreement is never easy and Ms. Corgiat takes full advantage. And although, Patsy O'Malley's "I can take on the world" attitude and her "I'm sorry" sentiments do wear thin, Jerri Corgiat does finish HOME BY STARLIGHT on a high note!