The Sugarhouse Blues (The Hudson Sisters #2)
Mariah Stewart's second novel in the Hudson Sisters series...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.

The Sugarhouse Blues (The Hudson Sisters #2) Details

TitleThe Sugarhouse Blues (The Hudson Sisters #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 15th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501184512
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

The Sugarhouse Blues (The Hudson Sisters #2) Review

  • Suzanne Leopold
    January 1, 1970
    The Hudson sisters want to collect their share of their father’s estate. To collect their inheritance, Allie, Des, and Cara are obligated to work together and renovate the family’s theatre. They have all combined forces and are living temporarily at their aunt’s home in Hidden Falls, Pennsylvania. Unforeseen problems have put them over budget and recent storm damage has pushed back the completion.Des is responsible for all the finances surrounding the renovation. Her goal is to finish the projec The Hudson sisters want to collect their share of their father’s estate. To collect their inheritance, Allie, Des, and Cara are obligated to work together and renovate the family’s theatre. They have all combined forces and are living temporarily at their aunt’s home in Hidden Falls, Pennsylvania. Unforeseen problems have put them over budget and recent storm damage has pushed back the completion.Des is responsible for all the finances surrounding the renovation. Her goal is to finish the project and return to her home in Montana. She views this opportunity as a chance to get to know her half-sister Cara and to rebuild her relationship with Allie. They have been estranged for many years after Des’ success as a child actress. Although they fight often, Allie and Des slowly begin re-connect as secrets they kept from each other are disclosed. At the same time, Des finds an unexpected romance in this unlikely location. The Sugarhouse Blues is the second novel in Mariah Stewart’s Hudson Sisters series. Last Chance Matinee is the first book and my review can be found here https://suzyapproved.com/2017/03/27/t... . I am excited for book three to be published in 2019.
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  • Jonetta
    January 1, 1970
    The three Hudson sisters are well into the restoration of their family’s old theater, the Sugarhouse, a condition of their father’s will in order for them to receive the inheritance. A freak storm has damaged the ceiling, which is an art form in itself, creating new challenges, financial and creative. Des Hudson, the sister charged with managing the project funding, must look for ways to cost effectively resolve the dilemma and, in her pursuit, finds more than she thought she was seeking, includ The three Hudson sisters are well into the restoration of their family’s old theater, the Sugarhouse, a condition of their father’s will in order for them to receive the inheritance. A freak storm has damaged the ceiling, which is an art form in itself, creating new challenges, financial and creative. Des Hudson, the sister charged with managing the project funding, must look for ways to cost effectively resolve the dilemma and, in her pursuit, finds more than she thought she was seeking, including personal insights and revelations. Des has the loudest narrative but she’s not the only voice in the story. Cara is well on her way to possibly making Hidden Falls her new home as her relationship with the contractor, Joe Damanski, deepens. Allie continues to struggle with her alcohol dependency and developing relationship with Des, which fractured when they were teens. But it’s Des who blossoms as she faces her past head on, embraces her new family and reconsiders having Seth MacLeod stay in the friend zone. That man turned out to be more than what met the eye. This isn’t a story with lots of action and drama, just a slow moving journey through a small-town community with all the upsides at center stage. The sisters are finding their way to creating a family experience they’ve never had and the transformations aren’t rushed. There’s an authenticity surrounding the characters and the story and it’s not one you speed through. I loved putting the book down after a particularly insightful passage, just to ponder the message, and resuming later when I wanted a slice of this life again. I really liked the story and I’ve come to really like the sisters, even the complex and sometimes insensitive Allie. I’m looking forward to her voice in the next story, which was perfectly set up here. (I received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review)
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  • Chris Carroll
    January 1, 1970
    Charming story. Part of a series but easily followed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sometimes we need a break from all the stress and craziness of the day. Picking up a new women’s fiction story is a perfect way to set the mood.Mariah Stewart has written so many books that you almost don’t know where to start. However, she is bringing us a brand new series called The Hudson Sisters and it is a interesting delightful look at an estranged family forced together under interesting circumstances.The a Charming story. Part of a series but easily followed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sometimes we need a break from all the stress and craziness of the day. Picking up a new women’s fiction story is a perfect way to set the mood.Mariah Stewart has written so many books that you almost don’t know where to start. However, she is bringing us a brand new series called The Hudson Sisters and it is a interesting delightful look at an estranged family forced together under interesting circumstances.The author showcases each character with their own special quirks and talents. She is wonderful at blending these into the story and making it come to life.With the sisters focusd on re-creating a legacy in their hometown, we are also treated to a little hints of romance sprinkled the along way. Just enough to make it interesting and a beautiful story.A solid writer with so much talent, Mariah Stewart crafts wonderful stories that take us away to small-town America and build strong families we wish we were a part of.* advance copy for review considerationfull review - http://amidlifewife.com/the-sugarhous...
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Last year I read The Last Chance Matinee and was totally captivated by the Hudson sisters and the authors inspiration for the books. The first time around you meet all three of the sisters but it was really Cara’s story and this time around it’s Des turn. It’s not completely necessary to read the first book, but you would be more familiar with the characters and their histories if you started at the beginning.Des is a character that I warmed to quickly the first book so I was excited to learn mo Last year I read The Last Chance Matinee and was totally captivated by the Hudson sisters and the authors inspiration for the books. The first time around you meet all three of the sisters but it was really Cara’s story and this time around it’s Des turn. It’s not completely necessary to read the first book, but you would be more familiar with the characters and their histories if you started at the beginning.Des is a character that I warmed to quickly the first book so I was excited to learn more about her this time around. She’s a huge animal lover, she runs a shelter back home in Montana so if you’re a dog lover there are some sweet moments with some pups here. The girls Aunt Barney is my absolute favorite, she’s a sassy gal, full of wisdom and charm, just the sort of matriarch you imagine when you think of a mature woman with a heart of gold.The family is still trying to restore the old theater and it’s not an easy process, especially as they’re running out of funds. I love that this has such a realistic plot, there are no heroic rescues or unbelievable saviors, they face the same issues anyone of us would come up against. The romantic aspect is also true to real life, relationships evolve at a reasonable pace, no one falls in love at first sight, no Prince Charming, but it is sweet and fun still.There are still some family secrets and mysteries to be solved although Stewart does answer a few questions she leaves a few things hanging, a surefire way to keep me continuing with this series. This is a well written, smooth novel, ideal for a summer read, more depth than a beach read but with all of the fun!Sugarhouse Blues in three words: Charming, Authentic and Captivating.
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  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    January 1, 1970
    THE SUGARHOUSE BLUES (The Hudson Sisters: #2) Written by Mariah StewartMAY 15, 2018; 400 Pages (Gallery Books)Genre: contemporary, small towns, family drama, romance(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER via NETGALLEY)RATING: 4 STARSI have been waiting for over a year for the second book in the Hudson Sisters series. The Sugarhouse Blues did not disappoint. One thing I really enjoyed about this novel was that it had characters in the past and future books. This book was Des and Seth's story, but THE SUGARHOUSE BLUES (The Hudson Sisters: #2) Written by Mariah StewartMAY 15, 2018; 400 Pages (Gallery Books)Genre: contemporary, small towns, family drama, romance​​​​​​​​​​​​​​(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER via NETGALLEY​)​RATING: 4 STARSI have been waiting for over a year for the second book in the Hudson Sisters series. The Sugarhouse Blues did not disappoint. One thing I really enjoyed about this novel was that it had characters in the past and future books. This book was Des and Seth's story, but we get more about Allie, Des and Allie's relationship, Fritz and Barney's past. It really makes the town and series come to life. It also makes me remember the characters and story for when the next book comes out. I was nervous starting this one, afraid I would have forgotten details from the first book. As soon as I got to chapter 2, I remembered it all, and enjoyed the continuing story of remodelling the Sugarhouse. Des is one of my favourite characters and I enjoyed the sweet romance between her and Seth, the mayor. Seth is the bad boy on the outside with the heart of a nice guy. Des is a bit standoffish and looking for a stable man. She doesn't think Seth is that guy. Seth proves her wrong as the two work on the theatre and rescue dogs. The novel also sets up book three with Allie and Ben's tension (and chemistry) and how Allie is spiralling into alcoholism. I would recommend reading these books in order as the story continues to the next books.For more on the book please visit my blog My Novelesque Life
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  • Chris Conley
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series. No easy fixes, no quick resolutions...just people who feel real figuring out how to solve problems. I like these women. The community feels real and welcoming.
  • ☕ Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    I am enjoying time with these sisters and secondary characters. RTC.
  • The Blonde Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    The Sugarhouse Blues is the second novel in The Hudson Sisters series and I have been looking forward to this novel all year! I read the first book (The Last Chance Matinee) last year and absolutely loved it, so I was really excited to read book two and pick back up with the Hudson sisters. The Sugarhouse Blues did not disappoint! It was told mostly by Des, but there was still a lot of input from Cara and Allie as well. I love this group of girls and felt like I was one of the sisters while read The Sugarhouse Blues is the second novel in The Hudson Sisters series and I have been looking forward to this novel all year! I read the first book (The Last Chance Matinee) last year and absolutely loved it, so I was really excited to read book two and pick back up with the Hudson sisters. The Sugarhouse Blues did not disappoint! It was told mostly by Des, but there was still a lot of input from Cara and Allie as well. I love this group of girls and felt like I was one of the sisters while reading! This novel wasn't suspenseful and it wasn't filled to the brim with romance, but it had a constant steady pace that matched the tone of the slow moving small town vibe. It was such an enjoyable read filled with interesting and entertaining characters. I honestly felt like I wanted to move to Hidden Falls by the end of this novel! The Sugarhouse Blues was a fantastic summer read perfect for reading while in a rocking chair on the back porch with a cold glass of lemonade! Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for sending a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Rating 4/5
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    The Hudson sisters are back still trying to renovate the old movie theater that was left to them by their father in his will which included several very strange surprises. And in this book, the surprises about their father just keep on coming.The sisters have had a setback occur regarding the fresco ceiling of their beautiful theater. A major setback which has them trying to figure out how they are going to handle this new problem.Allie and Des are still at each other though in a sisterly way an The Hudson sisters are back still trying to renovate the old movie theater that was left to them by their father in his will which included several very strange surprises. And in this book, the surprises about their father just keep on coming.The sisters have had a setback occur regarding the fresco ceiling of their beautiful theater. A major setback which has them trying to figure out how they are going to handle this new problem.Allie and Des are still at each other though in a sisterly way and there is a mystery about their father that unfolds, as well.And, are one or two of the sister's falling for the small town of Hidden Falls? Sisters all from different states and locales brought to this small town as their father's last wish. Or is it someone they are falling for?The continuing saga, while not as full of surprises as the first book, does muster several more from the secrets still waiting to unfold.A really good series that I am truly enjoying. Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    In Mariah Stewart's The Sugarhouse Blues, the 2nd installment in the Hudson Sisters woman's fiction series, this novel is about family and the ties that bind them together and finding a new start somewhere. For Desdemona "Des" Hudson, she joined her sister Allie and her half-sister Cara on a monstrous project to restore the Sugarhouse theater. It was reported on their late father's will. That theater have been in their family for centuries and now needs a major restoration to fix the leaking cei In Mariah Stewart's The Sugarhouse Blues, the 2nd installment in the Hudson Sisters woman's fiction series, this novel is about family and the ties that bind them together and finding a new start somewhere. For Desdemona "Des" Hudson, she joined her sister Allie and her half-sister Cara on a monstrous project to restore the Sugarhouse theater. It was reported on their late father's will. That theater have been in their family for centuries and now needs a major restoration to fix the leaking ceiling. They all had something that brought them there, when they've gotten to know each other better. Both Allie and Cara are divorced, while Des looks for her own Mr. Right. Between the three of them, they researched the history of the theater and learned more about their own father's hidden secrets. As the days go by, they worked hard to put the theater into place and talked about life and love, shared laughter, secrets, and memories, before the restoration could be completed in their new home.
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    And another one that I read as part of my book slump! I liked this a little better, but I didn't especially like Des in this book and her romance struck me as underdeveloped. I'm most interested in Allie and the Sheriff, but I don't know how they make that work given what happened in this one. Could have used more renovation porn.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    The Hudson Sisters are back, restoring the historic movie house in the Pocono's in order to inherit their father's estate. This is book two in the series but is easily read without book 1, The Last Chance Matinee. This story has a romance for Des and we also catch up with Cara and Joe. Allie is still uptight and stressed but is certainly starting to fit into this developing family. All the ladies are growing and starting to appreciate their lives in small town Pa. Hopefully Allie and Ben will ge The Hudson Sisters are back, restoring the historic movie house in the Pocono's in order to inherit their father's estate. This is book two in the series but is easily read without book 1, The Last Chance Matinee. This story has a romance for Des and we also catch up with Cara and Joe. Allie is still uptight and stressed but is certainly starting to fit into this developing family. All the ladies are growing and starting to appreciate their lives in small town Pa. Hopefully Allie and Ben will get their chance for romance in the next book. Lots of interesting side facts about old movie theaters and movies. I received this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Diane Perry
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not read the first book in this series, but it didn't take me long to catch on to the story. These three sisters are trying to restore the family theater. I quickly learn there are many secrets in this family. The relationships among the sisters turns out to be very fragile, but there are trying hard to make it work. It was a good story and I am interested enough to stay with this series. Very enjoyable.
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    My Review of “The Sugarhouse Blues” by Mariah Stewart Gallery Books. Publishing Date May 15, 2018I would like to thank NetGalley and Gallery Books for an ARC of “The Sugarhouse Blues” by Mariah Stewart for my honest review. The genres for this book are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. This is the second book in “A Hudson Series Novel”, but it can be read as a standalone. The timeline of the story is mostly in the present but goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events.The author de My Review of “The Sugarhouse Blues” by Mariah Stewart Gallery Books. Publishing Date May 15, 2018I would like to thank NetGalley and Gallery Books for an ARC of “The Sugarhouse Blues” by Mariah Stewart for my honest review. The genres for this book are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. This is the second book in “A Hudson Series Novel”, but it can be read as a standalone. The timeline of the story is mostly in the present but goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events.The author describes the characters in the story as complex, complicated and dysfunctional. Three sisters, Alex, Des and Cara, each have their own problems and motivations for working together to restore their deceased father’s prized theatre , for the inheritance. The sisters see lies, betrayals, and deep secrets that were buried with their father. To renovate this theatre, Fritz, the father had left money. Unfortunately with unexpected leaks, and rising costs of construction, there might not be enough money to finish this project, unless the sister’s can find a way together.The author discusses the importance of love, loyalty, friendship, forgiveness , communication and understanding. Can this project succeed? Will the sisters be able to set aside their differences and work together?This was an easy read, and I regretted that it ended very abruptly. There are many more questions that have to be answered. I eagerly await the next novel. I would recommend this emotional and enjoyable novel for those readers that enjoy Women’s Fiction.
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  • Diane Saul
    January 1, 1970
    This is book 2 in the Hudson sister series. The 3 sisters learns of their Father’s two families at the reading of his will. Sisters Des and Allie haven’t been close for years and now they find they have a half sister Cara. Their Fathers will requires that all 3 of them live together and restore a family theatre. If one leaves they all lose their inheritance. Each has their own reason for needing the inheritance. There is enough of the back story from the first book that this book could be read a This is book 2 in the Hudson sister series. The 3 sisters learns of their Father’s two families at the reading of his will. Sisters Des and Allie haven’t been close for years and now they find they have a half sister Cara. Their Fathers will requires that all 3 of them live together and restore a family theatre. If one leaves they all lose their inheritance. Each has their own reason for needing the inheritance. There is enough of the back story from the first book that this book could be read as a stand alone. This is a sweet romance set in a small town. It is also a story of a family learning about each other, growing closer and learning to forgive and let go of the past. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great follow up novel to the Last Chance Matinee. This one focuses more on the middle sister, Des, but still manages to further the story of all three sisters. Difficult issues are addressed in the story without dwelling too heavily on those issues. While there are romantic elements to the story, the focus is not truly a romance. Instead it is more of a novel concerning sisters. as they come to grip with some family secrets and discover that the life that they knew might not have been This is a great follow up novel to the Last Chance Matinee. This one focuses more on the middle sister, Des, but still manages to further the story of all three sisters. Difficult issues are addressed in the story without dwelling too heavily on those issues. While there are romantic elements to the story, the focus is not truly a romance. Instead it is more of a novel concerning sisters. as they come to grip with some family secrets and discover that the life that they knew might not have been reality. Very much looking forward to the next book which should focus on Allie who definitely has demons to overcome in order to find happiness.
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  • Thelma Fountain
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. This is a book about family relationships. Three sisters staying with their aunt working on a family project. The family dynamic was kind of interesting. One of the sisters did not know the others until they were adults. That is a little unique. It is a nice story but it was not a book that I felt like I could not wait to get back to every time I walked away. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great it was ok. I liked the characters for the most part Des, C I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. This is a book about family relationships. Three sisters staying with their aunt working on a family project. The family dynamic was kind of interesting. One of the sisters did not know the others until they were adults. That is a little unique. It is a nice story but it was not a book that I felt like I could not wait to get back to every time I walked away. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great it was ok. I liked the characters for the most part Des, Cara and aunt Blarney I did not find Allie as likable as the others but I did not hate her or anything. Overall this was an ok read.
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  • Virginia Winfield
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful romance. This is book two in the series and they you just keep getting better. It would be hard to move to a new town to earn an inheritance and even harder to find out you have a half sister you knew nothing about. This book was leaning towards Des but you get to know more about each sister and Barney, the aunt. I didn’t want to put this book down. I received a copy of this book fromGallery books for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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  • Bea Charmed
    January 1, 1970
    Lowkey romance, sweet family story. Nice to see Allie owning up to her flaws. Review to come.
  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I've been waiting for this book since the 1st one ended, and it didn't disappoint!It's not every series you read, or even every book, where you just so wholeheartedly connect. You connect to the characters, you connect to the place, you connect to how it feels, how it wants you to feel. This book did all that for me.It picks up where the last one left off. Long story short, 3 women discovered they shared the same father, but only discovered this after he died. 2 of the women, Des and Allie, shar I've been waiting for this book since the 1st one ended, and it didn't disappoint!It's not every series you read, or even every book, where you just so wholeheartedly connect. You connect to the characters, you connect to the place, you connect to how it feels, how it wants you to feel. This book did all that for me.It picks up where the last one left off. Long story short, 3 women discovered they shared the same father, but only discovered this after he died. 2 of the women, Des and Allie, shared a superstar mother and grew up together (dad was a Hollywood agent) and then Cara lived on the other side of the country. To receive their father's inheritance, they must renovate an old theater in their father's hometown together. Cara and Joe are going strong and she's decided that she'll stay in Hidden Falls after their job is complete. This installment revolves more so around Des and Allie, their lives, their pasts, and their dynamics with each other. While this book can easily be read as a stand alone, I want you to read the first one too. Meanwhile, I'll be impatiently awaiting the final book.Thank you Netgalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    **I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**If you read the first book in this series, The Last Chance Matinee, you may know already that this book isn’t going to end with a neat bow tied around it and everything resolved. The Hudson Sisters series is almost like a saga. The first book was mostly about Cara, but the reader gets a lot of back story and also learns a lot about sisters Des and Allie. W **I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**If you read the first book in this series, The Last Chance Matinee, you may know already that this book isn’t going to end with a neat bow tied around it and everything resolved. The Hudson Sisters series is almost like a saga. The first book was mostly about Cara, but the reader gets a lot of back story and also learns a lot about sisters Des and Allie. Well, this story mostly focuses on Des with more pieces of Allie’s story getting filled in. Although, I have to say, this one is much more focused on the one sister than the first book was.I have to preface the remainder of this review by saying that I think the book should only be read if you have read The Last Chance Matinee. I have read a few reviews of those that haven’t read the first book and still enjoyed this story. But since I know the depth and idiosyncrasies of the relationships involved that you’ll be missing if you skip ahead to this one, I strongly urge you to read these books in order.Des was my favorite of the sisters from the very beginning. I can’t tell you exactly why. Maybe because I can relate to the misunderstood middle child…even though she had no idea she was a middle child until recently. I also quickly fell in love with Seth from the first book so it was wonderful to follow the path Des and Seth take to finding what they really want. You can’t help but to root for these two. And honestly, is there anything Seth can’t do? Mayor, veteran, farmer, photographer, etc., etc. He’s truly a jack of all trades!Although this story is mostly about Des, I can’t help but be intrigued by Allie. I by turns loathe her and want to give her a hug. The chip on the woman’s shoulder is bigger than the sun. I am chomping at the bit wondering what went down between her and Ben on the 4th of July and cannot wait to read the next story, which I’m sure will focus more on her. The other plus to Allie is her daughter. Nikki is so much fun and the way her mom feels about her helps to humanize Allie.This book was a bit slower for me than the first book, but it was still amazing. I can’t help but think the first book was more rounded since, of course, the author had to give us more info on everyone to set the groundwork. I only hope the next book is either not the last book, or it’s a bit longer to give us a true ending to the Cara/Joe and Des/Seth stories. While I understand why these individual books are not neatly wrapped up at the end, I hope for the series to be wrapped up to the extent there are no danglers left over.https://allingoodtimeblog.wordpress.c...
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from NetGalley to read and review. It is the second book in the Hudson Sisters series. I had requested the first book last year but was not lucky enough to get it. Thus, I sort of came into the story “in medias res”. After trying to read and understand this book, I can only say that you need to have read the first one to really understand and enjoy this one. It really is not a good stand-alone book, though, for some, I guess it can be read as one, if you do not mind being co I received this book from NetGalley to read and review. It is the second book in the Hudson Sisters series. I had requested the first book last year but was not lucky enough to get it. Thus, I sort of came into the story “in medias res”. After trying to read and understand this book, I can only say that you need to have read the first one to really understand and enjoy this one. It really is not a good stand-alone book, though, for some, I guess it can be read as one, if you do not mind being confused and/or in the dark as you read.In this book, the three Hudson sisters are working to restore the old Art Deco theater in Hidden Falls, Pennsylvania. They are restoring the theater as a requirement to inherit their father’s estate. The theater has been closed and is both boarded up and run down, so there is a lot of work to do. The sisters must also live in their father’s family home while restoring the theater and cannot leave. If anyone leaves, the estate will be donated to charity. Since each sister needs the money, they are all reluctant to leave it behind. Thus, they are involved in the joint effort to restore the theater and to live together in the home–along with another well-kept secret, his sister Barney, who lives in the home. Barney, for her part, is kind, loving and generous welcoming the sisters with open arms. The story follows the sisters as they work together, with Barney, to restore the theater, ever short of needed restoration money and ever facing obstacles to the restoration. The sisters and Barney also each have their own idiosyncrasies and secrets, which play out as the story and restoration proceeds through thick and thin, good and bad.The book was interesting but a bit confusing to me. The author portrayed the sisters and their aunt well, but so much had been covered in the first book, with little back story in this one, that I had difficulty figuring out who was who and what was what, and still keep up with and enjoy the story. I definitely would advise any reader to read the first book before this one, to better understand, appreciate and enjoy this one. As I said, I got this one from NetGalley to read and review but had not read the first. I will now go to get it from the library, and, after reading that one will try this one again. I think I will appreciate it more, as I have read most of what the author wrote and thoroughly enjoyed every book.
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  • Lovey Dovey Books
    January 1, 1970
    Published on Lovey Dovey BooksMariah Stewart returns to the Sugarhouse Theater restoration in Hidden Falls with Allie, Des, and Cara. The three sisters have been working together to restore a piece of their family's history while also getting to know each other and the truth about their father's past. The Sugarhouse Blues dives deeper into their family history while also expanding the connection the sisters have with the community.The story picks up quickly from where readers were left in The La Published on Lovey Dovey BooksMariah Stewart returns to the Sugarhouse Theater restoration in Hidden Falls with Allie, Des, and Cara. The three sisters have been working together to restore a piece of their family's history while also getting to know each other and the truth about their father's past. The Sugarhouse Blues dives deeper into their family history while also expanding the connection the sisters have with the community.The story picks up quickly from where readers were left in The Last Chance Matinee. Work on the theater is progressing, but Des realizes that more money will be needed to properly complete the project and save them from unexpected issues. While all the sisters play major roles in the book, this story singles out Des to explore her thoughts on the project and whether she'd be willing to leave her old life behind for a permanent stay in Hidden Falls. I really enjoy the way the story flows because it's not just about the Hudson sisters honoring their father's will. Mariah Stewart digs deep into the hearts of these characters to make them vulnerable and rise to the occasion despite their fears and past disappointments. They're so real you can feel their hurt and the joys that come from finding something, or someone, that helps them heal.I've enjoyed these first two stories so far, but I honestly think the next one will be the best. Allie's been somewhat in the background as Cara and Des find their rhythm in town and draw closer to their aunt Barney, but she seems like someone with a problem that's more serious than not knowing what her future holds, or whether she can find a better man than her ex. So far she's hidden behind a mask and hasn't really connected with other people like her sisters have. Whatever comes next will be just as filled with exciting new aspects of the theater restoration and more drama to bring the Hudson sisters closer than ever before!*ARC provided in consideration for review*
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  • Jennifer Ritter
    January 1, 1970
    The Sugarhouse Blues is the second novel in Mariah Stewart’s Hudson Sisters series. The first book, The Last Chance Matinee, brought the three sisters to the bucolic town of Hidden Falls, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the Poconos. We learned some of the girls’ backstory, met their dear Aunt Barney and many of the local residents, and began the incredible task of restoring the historic Sugarland Theater. The first book also put a greater focus on Cara, the east coast sister. Cara is a take charge The Sugarhouse Blues is the second novel in Mariah Stewart’s Hudson Sisters series. The first book, The Last Chance Matinee, brought the three sisters to the bucolic town of Hidden Falls, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the Poconos. We learned some of the girls’ backstory, met their dear Aunt Barney and many of the local residents, and began the incredible task of restoring the historic Sugarland Theater. The first book also put a greater focus on Cara, the east coast sister. Cara is a take charge kind of lady and she has taken on the task of overseeing the project along with her new love, contractor Joe Darnowski. In this book, the focus is shifted to younger of the west coast sisters, Des. Des has taken on the task of overseeing the finances. She has a knack for wisely managing money as demonstrated by the way she invested and lived from the monies she earned as a child actress. Des seems to find herself often in the company of Hidden Falls major and organic farmer Seth MacLeod. MacLeod, a military veteran complete with shaved head and tattoos, is a nice guy, but Des professes he just isn’t her type preferring the more Ivy League style of grant writer Greg Weller. That is until she spends time with each, finding that perhaps the mayor is exactly her type.Again, Ms. Stewart has woven a rich tapestry of characters and their stories. The many subplots add to the complex weave with so much occurring simultaneously, just as in reality. I loved this story, these people, and anxiously await the next part of their saga. I do recommend this book!
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    The Hudson sisters were annoyed at the terms of their father’s will, requiring them to come to his hometown and restore the grand old movie theatre originally purchased and operated by his father. Allie, Des, and their half-sister Cara moved in with their aunt Barney, who was delighted to have her long-lost nieces with her. The women had a budget of one million dollars to complete their restoration, and after the roof leak that caused damage to the beautifully painted ceiling, they felt they wou The Hudson sisters were annoyed at the terms of their father’s will, requiring them to come to his hometown and restore the grand old movie theatre originally purchased and operated by his father. Allie, Des, and their half-sister Cara moved in with their aunt Barney, who was delighted to have her long-lost nieces with her. The women had a budget of one million dollars to complete their restoration, and after the roof leak that caused damage to the beautifully painted ceiling, they felt they would never complete their mission. Although this is the second in a series, I was able to pick up the storyline quickly, and I never felt I was missing anything. I loved the way the sisters began to put aside their personal differences and work together on the daunting project called The Sugarhouse. Allie’s bitter divorce and forced separation from her teenaged daughter, Cara’s divorce and the death of her mother, and child actress Des’s self-imposed exile in Montana operating a dog rescue facility all make the Hudson women realistic and likeable characters. Mariah Stewart’s skill at storytelling kept me thoroughly engaged, and now I need to read the first book! My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, who provided this title in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jeanne Grace
    January 1, 1970
    I received an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley for my unbiased opinion of the book. As Cara, Allie and Des work harder at becoming a family with Aunt Barney as referee, things start getting done. After a few setbacks in the reconstruction of the theater things slowly start inching forward. Now starting to realize the million dollars their father left them to kickstart the renovations is disappearing at a fast rate. When they find some abandoned dogs that have decided to make their home inside I received an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley for my unbiased opinion of the book. As Cara, Allie and Des work harder at becoming a family with Aunt Barney as referee, things start getting done. After a few setbacks in the reconstruction of the theater things slowly start inching forward. Now starting to realize the million dollars their father left them to kickstart the renovations is disappearing at a fast rate. When they find some abandoned dogs that have decided to make their home inside the theater, Des who has a history of rescuing animals manages to lure all three dogs out of the building. Des takes them to the vet to get checked out realizes the town is in desperate need for an animal shelter and should not fall on the police chief to find homes for all the abandoned animals. While getting push back at the town meeting the mayor Seth the bald heavily tattooed man that she cannot decide if she's attracted steps in to back her along with her Aunt Barney who used to run the family-owned bank in town. Thinking he is a farmer with a degree and not a lot going for him she has a few surprises in store for her when she tries and dates "her type". This is a great second book in the Hudson sisters series!!!! When is book three coming out????
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  • Linniegayl
    January 1, 1970
    If you're looking for a story that's all neatly wrapped up at the end, this isn't the case here. However, I enjoyed this second in the Hudson Sisters series, featuring Des, the former child actress. The other two sisters (Cara from book one and Allie to be the lead in book 3) feature prominently, as does their Aunt Barney.As the book opens, the theater the sisters are tasked with restoring through their father's will has sustained major damage during a storm. The sisters struggle to find ways to If you're looking for a story that's all neatly wrapped up at the end, this isn't the case here. However, I enjoyed this second in the Hudson Sisters series, featuring Des, the former child actress. The other two sisters (Cara from book one and Allie to be the lead in book 3) feature prominently, as does their Aunt Barney.As the book opens, the theater the sisters are tasked with restoring through their father's will has sustained major damage during a storm. The sisters struggle to find ways to recover from the damage (and not spend every cent they have set aside to restore the theater).While Des resists through much of the book, it's the town's mayor -- Seth -- that she's really attracted to, rather than her usual preppy types. Des struggles to keep their relationship on a friends-only basis (this highly social,tattoed, motorcycle-riding mayor just doesn't make Des feel safe). By the end of the book the three sisters have gotten closer, which I enjoyed. The ending offers more of a potential HEA for Des (as well as Cara), than having everything locked up tightly...which actually is more realistic for the situation.I look forward to book 3 next spring, and would give this a B.
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  • Joann
    January 1, 1970
    Okay this is the 2nd book in The Hudson sister series, and I really do want to read the first one, however you get to know the main characters very well in this book.Fritz Hudson left a will in which his 3 daughters must return to Hidden Falls,PA to restore the family theater-Sugarhouse. Cara, Allie and Desdemona all meet at the family house with their Aunt Barney-who happens to drive a terrific classic caddy-Lucille!! The girls all become involved with the restoration as well as discovering lot Okay this is the 2nd book in The Hudson sister series, and I really do want to read the first one, however you get to know the main characters very well in this book.Fritz Hudson left a will in which his 3 daughters must return to Hidden Falls,PA to restore the family theater-Sugarhouse. Cara, Allie and Desdemona all meet at the family house with their Aunt Barney-who happens to drive a terrific classic caddy-Lucille!! The girls all become involved with the restoration as well as discovering lots of different things about themselves, and their father.I haven't read such a charming story in quite some time.What was my highlight for this read? Seth-you definitely must read about this man!! Lowpoint: Des gets annoying on occasion.The ending brought tears to my eyes-so you know I am definitely going to get the other books in this series-I want to read the first one for more history, and the third one cause I want to see what happens next!!I won an ARC of this, however it came out on May 15th, so you are able to purchase at any book store!!
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  • MAB LongBeach
    January 1, 1970
    Fritz Hudson left his three daughters a fortune, on condition that they return to his hometown and refurbish the family theater, the Sugarhouse. Allie and Des were never close, and half-sister Cara comes as a complete surprise to them, so they have relationships to renovate as well. In the few months since his death, they have made good progress, both on the theater and on becoming true sisters. But the money he set aside for the theater is not enough, and they find themselves having to scramble Fritz Hudson left his three daughters a fortune, on condition that they return to his hometown and refurbish the family theater, the Sugarhouse. Allie and Des were never close, and half-sister Cara comes as a complete surprise to them, so they have relationships to renovate as well. In the few months since his death, they have made good progress, both on the theater and on becoming true sisters. But the money he set aside for the theater is not enough, and they find themselves having to scramble.Middle sister Des is the viewpoint character in this second volume. As she works to save the project, she also finds herself growing closer to the town mayor, although Seth is very much not her type. In addition, she misses her home in distant Montana and the dog rescue work that she did there.Despite the romance, this is not quite a romance novel. The focus is more on the sisters and their relationships with each other, their newly found aunt, and themselves.Well written, with appealing characters. Recommended.
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  • Danielle Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I really enjoyed reading this book! It is my first book by this author and I loved it! The Sugarhouse Blues is charming and well written and the characters feel like good friends. There were a few times I just wanted to dive into the conversations. Definitely pick this book up! The Sugarhouse Blues is a sweet small town romance that will leave you wanting more of the sisters the story is about!After meeting an aunt that was kept secret from them by Fritz, Three estranged sisters brought tog Wow! I really enjoyed reading this book! It is my first book by this author and I loved it! The Sugarhouse Blues is charming and well written and the characters feel like good friends. There were a few times I just wanted to dive into the conversations. Definitely pick this book up! The Sugarhouse Blues is a sweet small town romance that will leave you wanting more of the sisters the story is about!After meeting an aunt that was kept secret from them by Fritz, Three estranged sisters brought together through their father’s last wishes begin renovations funded by a trust set aside by their father. When a smooth operation hits a few snags, it is clear the process is going to be more tedious and time consuming than the sisters originally thought. As they spend more time together, the sisters begin to grow closer and find their strengths alone as well as with one another. *I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest spoiler-free review*
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