Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart (The Hudson Sisters, #1)

The Last Chance Matinee
by Mariah Stewart

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Hudson Sisters - 1
Publisher: Gallery Books (March 21, 2017)
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Genre: Women's Fiction
Print Length: 432 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
When celebrated and respected agent Fritz Hudson passes away, 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 in a tragic overdose. Meanwhile, Fritz was falling in love on the Delaware Bay with New Age hippie Susa Pratt—they had a daughter together, Cara, and while Fritz loved Susa with everything he had, he never quite managed to tell her or Cara 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 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, decrepit theater that was Fritz’s obsession growing up in his small hometown in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Guided by Fritz’s closest friend and longtime attorney, Pete Wheeler, the sisters come together—whether they like it or not—to turn their father’s dream into a reality, and might just come away with far more than they bargained for.

 The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart
(The Hudson Sisters, #1)

The Last Chance Matinee (The Hudson Sisters #1)The death of a parent is devastating and often we discover things we never knew about them, but the secrets Fritz Hudson unveiled from beyond the veil would shock three young woman and send them into a reluctant journey of discovery of self, family and a chance at new lives that will forever change them to their very cores.

It seems that Fritz led two lives, had two wives, two families and never did they have an inkling that the other existed. Cara grew up in a loving environment, an only child with a father who had to be gone for months at a time. Her mother has passed, leaving her a cryptic message and her marriage vows have been betrayed, leaving her divorced, burned and deeply in debt.

Living on the West Coast, two sisters are virtual strangers even though they share the same blood. Des was once a child star, now she is a woman who lives to save abused animals, an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. Her desire is to build no-kill shelters, but even she doesn’t have the money to do so. Her older sister, Allie is a brittle, status conscious woman who has recently divorced, with her teen daughter being spirited away by her ex with the promise of a better life, one that Allie must help pay for. Financially she is going under and saving face and pretending to be fine is getting impossible. Her biggest plus on her side is the fact that she is an amazing mother. Too bad she is dying inside to be away from her daughter, turning to vodka to try to cope.

The catch to inheriting their father’s millions? The three must work together to restore a grand theatre, an historical monument to a time when life was simpler, and the sparkle of the stage was not tarnished. It is all or nothing, three of them work together to completion or the money disappears. Can they learn to work together and accept the fact that they are blood? What will they discover when they get to the small town of their father’s birth?

Mariah Stewart has painstakingly laid a solid foundation for her newest series, a heart-warming romantic tale set in a small town filled with warmth and love. Love interests are introduced, the sisters begin to know each other and for the most part, there is truly little dark conflict or subject matter. If you like you romance to slowly simmer over time, enjoy watching characters dramatically change and find their father’s strange requirements to inherit his fortune fascinating, to say the least, grab THE LAST CHANCE MATINEE and Happy Reading!

I received an ARC edition from Gallery Books in exchange for my honest review.


  1. What an interesting story line. I know there have been other stories done with dual families, but this one has some interesting twists to it, like the child star aspect. Sounds like a great read!

    1. Hebby, it was a light, but fun foundation for more to come. The idea of renovating an old theater and the details discussed were great! The low angst is a huge plus, too! I am going to NEED to read more.