Friday, March 24, 2017

The Last Chance Matinee
by Mariah Stewart

Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The Hudson Sisters, following a trio of reluctant sisters as they set out to fulfill their father’s dying wish. In the process, they find not only themselves, but the father they only thought they knew.

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.


Kritters Thoughts:  Three sisters who didn't know they were sisters end up at the hearing of a will and their lives are turned upside down!  One sister was raised by an attentive mom who gave her all the love she needed and she grew up to be a business owner and an upstanding citizen.  Two other sisters are raised by an actress who was barely a mother.  These two are complete opposites - one is floundering and isn't sure what is next and the other went the opposite direction and is determined and likes to plan.  I loved that these sisters didn't know about the other and they are given a challenge that is entertaining.

From the beginning I loved this one.  The author wrote it with such ease to read and each of sisters was unique enough that I couldn't get confused and could just enjoy the story.  I loved that they head to a small town and get to enjoy small town life while learning the secrets their father kept from all three.  It was just the right amount of family drama and secrets and all the things rolled into one.

If you read a lot of romance and wish it had a little more plot and a little less sexy times this one is right up your alley.  If you read a lot of family drama and wish it was a little less drama - this one is for you!

I was most excited to start this book knowing that there was going to be more to come - it is going to be hard to wait for it!


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel (and we are getting one)

Ebook 2017 Challenge: 6 out of 50


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Gallery Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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