Small-town widow and mother of four Patsy Lee O'Malley has a loving but over-involved family. When she breaks her ankle, a family friend moves in with her and the kids while she recuperates. This man proves to be of more assistance than Patsy Lee expects, but his presence throws her world into a tailspin.

Former bass guitarist Zeke Townley once had the American country music scene in the palm of his hands, but now a little Missouri town and a bright-eyed widow have him in trouble up to his tousled dark hair. Yes, he's at loose ends in his post-celebrity life, but this woman has his insides in knots, making it difficult for him to figure out which path he should follow.

Corgiat brings her characteristic skillful narration, wry humor and hometown charm -- complete with musical undertones -- to her latest Ozark-based romance. The leads in this compelling story are delightfully multidimensional and honest, and the warmth of the community they inhabit is palpable. (Jul., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel