Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Review: The Sugarhouse Blues by Mariah Stewart

The Sugarhouse Blues
by Mariah Stewart

Publisher: Gallery
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Allie, Des, and Cara, each having her own reasons for wanting a share of their father's estate, meet in the grand Victorian home in which he grew up, only to be greeted by another secret he purposely hid from them: his sister Bonnie. The women reluctantly band together to take on Fritz's challenge, working with a local contractor to begin the renovations financed by an account Fritz had set up for the task. While the restoration appears to go smoothly at first, it soon becomes apparent that the work will be more extensive than originally thought, and Des, elected to handle the money, needs to find ways to stretch out the remaining savings while searching for new sources of funding.

As strangers linked only by their DNA try to become a family, the Hudson sisters also try to come to terms with the father they only thought they knew. In the process, each woman discovers her own capacity for understanding, forgiveness, love, and the true meaning of family.

Kritters Thoughts:  The second in a series and this is one of those series where you completely need to start with book one.  This series is about three sisters and both books had full plot points for each sister, so start this series at book one - The Last Chance Matinee.  Be warned that since this builds off book one, there will be spoilers below. 

Ok.  Now that you have been warned.  I loved book one and was excited to see that there was a book two and already knew before starting this book that there will be a book three!

Allie, Des and Cara are sisters, but Allie and Des didn't know about Cara and vice versa until recently when their father passed away and left them a theater that needed a lot of love and attention and was a condition of their inheritance.  That was book one.  

This book starts right where that book ends and they must deal with the consequences of costly repairs that need to take place at the theater and their budget is limited now.  I felt as though book one was very focused on them meeting and dealing with the theater and book two dove more into their lives and less repairs and their relationships with each other and people in the small town.  I loved the new focus of this book.  

I love each sister and where you can see how their parents and their upbringing affected each one so differently.  It was also so fun to read them more ingrained in the small town and learning about the town and how their theater affected this town.  

I completely can't wait for book three.  I am so interested to see where these sisters go from here and if they decide to stay in this town or move back to where they were before this book.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 64 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Simon and Schuster.  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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