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The Last Chance Matinee
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The Last Chance Matinee
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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.
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.
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  • Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas and short stories. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors country life and tends her gardens while she works on her next novel. Visit her website at MariahStewart.com, like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/AuthorMariahStewart, and follow her on Instagram @Mariah_Stewart_Books.
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    March 1, 2017

    Allie and Des Hudson, raised in California and born to an alcoholic starlet, Honora, and her manager, Fritz, are summoned to their Uncle Pete's law office for the reading of Fritz's will after he dies suddenly. They're surprised when Cara, a half sister they never knew, shows up. Pete reveals Fritz's double life, and another surprise: all three daughters will not receive their inheritance unless they move to his hometown in rural Pennsylvania and restore the old theater where he spent his summers. Upon arrival, the women meet their Aunt Barney, yet another hidden relation Fritz never revealed, and they begin to learn a little more about their father and family. As they set to work repairing the theater, they begin to form a new family unit, although some are more willing than others. Barney lets them in on who their father was as a young man, but the mysteries around him keep growing. VERDICT This series opener by the author of the "Chesapeake Diaries" books is a bit disappointing, as almost nothing is resolved. That said, it's a good read, with a nice blend of mystery, family drama, and romance. Readers will look forward to the next installment.--Brooke Bolton, Boonville-Warrick Cty. P.L., IN

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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