"For love of the theater!"
Reviewed by Sharon Salituro
Posted March 29, 2017
In LAST CHANCE MATINEE by Mariah Stewart, Fritz was a
Hollywood legend. He was an agent for
many Hollywood icons. Poor Fritz passed away leaving
behind his family or should we say families.
two families, neither one knows about the other until his
death. Fritz has two daughters from one marriage, Allie
and Des, and one daughter from his other marriage, Cara.
Now with his passing, the three sisters have come
together in Peter's office, the attorney and best friend
to their father.
None of the girls had any idea about the other. Now in
his crazy way, Fritz has left them the family theater in
his hometown. The only way any of them can get their
inheritance is complete the job of restoring the theater.
Allie the oldest of the girls is not happy with this at
all. Allie is divorced from her husband, has a teenage
daughter, and needs the money now. Des, was a child
actress, something she never wanted to do. Now she helps
rescue animals. Cara recently divorced from her cheating
husband. Not only did he cheat on her but with one of
her bridesmaids. Des and Cara are ready to start this
project and bring back the old theater.
Each of the girls is assigned a part of the project. Allie
is to take account of the repairs needed inside of the
theater. Des is the money holder.
Cara will be in charge of the renovation and dealing with
the contractors. The more the girls get into this, the
more they are finding out about their father. They found
out that he lied about his childhood. After meeting
their Aunt Bonnie, they find out that none of what he told
the truth. Bonnie lives in the family home, which will
also become the girls' if they complete the renovation.
What a great new series by Mariah Stewart! I really fell
in love with all three of the girls in LAST CHANCE MATINEE.
Mariah wrote a book
that could have happened in any family. I can't even
image what a shock this would be to any one that this
might have happened to. I also liked the way that the
three girls are so different in every way. At first they
didn't get along, but somehow they worked past their
Mariah Stewart also gets you in the mood of small town
living. The way that the people all look out for each
other. No matter how long their father Fritz has been
away from his home town, everyone still knows who he was.
With this, it really helped the girls get the help that
Can't wait for the next one to come out. I really want to
see if who I think hooked up with each other is what
happens. I hope there is a new book on each of the
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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2 comments posted.
Re: For love of the theater!
I love this premise. Thanks for the introduction and review!
I'll be looking for this book.
(Kathleen Bylsma 7:02pm May 12)
Great review! It sounds absolutely terrific! On the TBR pile!
(Monique Daoust 7:34pm May 12)
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