THE GOODBYE CAFÉ
The Hudson Sisters series, Book 3
On sale March 26, 2019
Trade Paperback • Price: $16.00 • ISBN: 9781501145124
eBook • Price: $7.99 • ISBN: 9781501145162
California girl Allie Hudson Monroe can’t wait for the day when the renovations on the Sugarhouse Theater are complete so she can finally collect the inheritance from her father and leave Pennsylvania. After all, her life and her fourteen-year-old daughter are in Los Angeles.
But Allie’s divorce left her tottering on the edge of bankruptcy, so to keep up on payments for her house and her daughter’s private school tuition, Allie packed up and flew out east. But fate has a curve-ball or two to toss in Allie’s direction—she just doesn’t know it yet.
She hadn’t anticipated how her life would change after reuniting with her estranged sister, Des, or meeting her previously unknown half-sister, Cara. And she’d certainly never expected to find small-town living charming. But the biggest surprise was that her long-forgotten artistry would save the day when the theater’s renovation fund dried up.
With opening day upon the sisters, Allie’s free to go. But for the first time in her life, she feels like the woman she was always meant to be. Will she return to the West Coast and resume her previous life, or will the love of “this amazing, endearing family of women” (Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author) be enough to draw her back to the place where the Hudson roots grow so deep?
This series is charming in its small-town setting and the simpler life people live. I’ve been onboard for the complete series and highly recommend it. The three sisters have to refurbish an inherited theatre, The Sugarhouse, part of the inheritance left by their father. All three sisters had to live in Hidden Falls and complete this task to inherit what he left for them. All, with various reasons, could use the money. They received so much more in their six months in Hidden Falls. Book one and two are the stories of Des and Cara, Allie’s sisters.
This is Allie’s story. She is the sister who was most flawed and unhappiest. Her multiple fears, based on her insecurities and the events life dishes out to her, lead her to drink heavily – an addiction which destroyed her mother and her mother’s marriage. When the opportunity to gain some financial stability comes along, she grabs it. Her father didn’t leave much of a dent in Allie’s life—he seldom was around the home front, escaping from his wife.
I loved how much Allie grew in these six months. From a rather bitter woman insecure on so many fronts, with fear of not able to be a part of her daughter’s life, to a woman with a softer side, humorous, and vivid, capable to stand on her own feet, and who begins acknowledging her own talents. She was no longer needful of her snobbish friends back in L.A. She finds a relationship of immeasurable value with her siblings and her aunt. But will this keep her in Hidden Falls? Her daughter must return to L.A., to her private school. Allie will do anything for her daughter. Is her daughter enough for her?
Nikki, Allie’s daughter, has virtually been taken from Allie, circumstances Nikki’s father provides. When Nikki goes to visit her mother in Hidden Falls, she discovers she enjoys so much of what the town provides. She discovers real friends with more than clothes and boys on their minds, meets two aunts and a great-aunt who all adore her, and generally provides the reader the energy only an innocent young, sharp-witted teenager displays.
Three local men get involved in the sisters’s lives. Allie’s included. But will time run out for this budding relationship to mature enough before Allie returns back to L.A.?
Author Stewart not only builds a small town where I wish I could live, she allows us into the hearts of these three sisters, Nikki, and their aunt, Barney. Barney is a little mysterious with her nieces, a bit of an artist in providing what her nieces need, lending more entertaining and emotion to the read. The characters will charm your socks off! Thematic and highly entertaining.
About the author
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.