Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Review: THE LAST CHANCE MATINEE by Mariah Stewart


by Mariah Stewart




 March 21, 2017

Publisher: Gallery Books

Book 1 in the Hudson Sisters series

Look for Book 2 in 2018 and Book 3 in 2019!

Praise for The Last Chance Matinee:
“The combination of a quirky small-town setting, a family mystery, a gentle romance, and three estranged sisters is catnip for women's fiction fans, and the backdrop of the faded movie palace adds a fascinating element to the story. Stewart’s lively, warmhearted series starter [The Last Chance Matinee] will have readers eagerly awaiting the second installment.”

“A good read, with a nice blend of mystery, family drama, and romance. Readers will look forward to the next installment.”
—Library Journal

About The Last Chance Matinee:
From the New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes the first novel in her all-new series, which follows a trio of reluctant sisters who set out to fulfill their father’s dying wish and, in the process, discover the truth not only about their pasts but about each other—and themselves—in a way that will forever alter their futures.

When celebrated and respected Fritz Hudson passes away suddenly, he leaves a trail of Hollywood glory in his wake—and two separate families who never knew the other existed. Allie and Des Hudson are products of Fritz’s first marriage to Honora, a beautiful but troubled starlet whose life ended tragically. As his relationship with Honora was unraveling, Fritz was simultaneously falling in love on the Delaware Bay with New Age hippie Susa—but while Fritz adored Susa and fathered daughter Cara with her, he never quite managed to come clean about his West Coast Family.

Now Fritz is gone, and the three sisters are brought together under strange circumstances: there’s a large inheritance to be had, specifically one that could save Allie from her ever-deepening debt following a disastrous divorce; allow Des to open a rescue shelter for abused and wounded animals; and give Cara a fresh start after her husband left her for her best friend; but only if the sisters upend their lives and work together to restore an old theater that was Fritz’s obsession growing up in his small hometown in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Will the sisters come together to turn their father’s dream into a reality – and will they come away with far more than they bargained for?

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

Cara watched Joe take a bite of his burger and was tempted to whisper, ‘Moo,’ but thought maybe she’d pulled that chain enough for one day. 

I bought champagne to celebrate you.  He doesn’t matter.  You matter… We matter.  We deserve a chance, and this is where we begin.  You in?

I had the best time.  Joe is… The one I thought I’d never find.

My Review:

I enjoyed this engaging story from beginning to end.  The writing was entertaining, amusing, and lushly detailed.  While the storyline initially seemed a bit complicated, it was easy to follow and pleasurable to read.  Upon their father’s death, three women discover they have more family members than they realized - as Papa was a Rollin’ Stone.  According to the “ironclad” will, the three women were required to work together on an extensive and challenging restoration project with firm conditions and stipulations before they would earn their father’s large estate.  Their project required the sisters to relocate to a quaint little town in Pennsylvania, which sparked outrage for Allie - the snide LA diva sister, although she was always on the verge of outrage.  There was a large cast of interesting and vibrantly detailed characters, with each being delightfully unique, easily differentiated, and memorable.  My favorites being Joe - for his clever wit and patience, and Des for her thoughtful insights and gentleness.  All the characters intrigued me, although I would not want to spend one second of my time with the bitter drama llama Allie.  I hope Ms. Stewart is currently locked in her writing cave and banging out the next installment.

Empress DJ

About Mariah Stewart:

Mariah Stewart is an award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels as well as several novellas and short stories. She lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors county life and tends her gardens while she works on her next novel. Visit her and follow her on and on Instagram @mariah_stewart_books.

Mariah Stewart’s separate series, the bestselling Chesapeake Diaries, has been a favorite with readers since 2010. The eleventh installment, The Chesapeake Bride, will publish August 29, 2017.

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