From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes the first novel in her all-new series, 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What would you do if you discovered that your father lived a double life? That central question kicks off the first book in Mariah Stewart’s Hudson Sisters series. The story chronicles three disconnected sisters who abandon their complicated lives to fulfil their father’s dying wish. Set against the backdrop of Pennsylvania’s lively Poconos mountain region, Stewart’s novel deftly explores the trials of sisterhood and the powerful bonds of family. The Last Chance Matinee is an immensely satisfying feel-good novel from the author of the popular Chesapeake Diaries series.
Absolutely loved it!
I have absolutely fallen in love with this new series from Mariah Stewart! It's truly one of the best women's lit books I've read in a long time. I'm a huge fan of Ms. Stewart's Chesapeake Diaries series and was curious about this new trilogy. I'm now hooked and craving more about this dysfunctional yet mesmerizing family.
When three sisters are brought together after the death of their father to work on the restoration of an old theater they find themselves not only working on the restoration but also working on their relationships. Relationships among themselves, other family members and the townspeople.
Definitely a book I recommend to everyone.
Fan of Chesapeake Diaries? Don’t bother with this one.
I am a fan of the Chesapeake Diaries (CD) series by Mariah Stewart, and this book does not compare to that series at all. Each of the CD books can stand on its own as a satisfying read, but this book’s ending is completely dissatisfying. It seems to end in the middle of the story. Clearly one must read the next book(s) in the series to complete the story arc. While the characters and the story are interesting, having an incomplete story arc ruined it for me.
Enjoyed but have to wait a year for sequel
I loved the book but was surprised by the ending. Loose ends everywhere. Wish at least one relationship had been resolved. Now have to wait a year for the sequel.