Book Review – The Goodbye Café
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*Disclaimer – I received a copy of this eBook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Description from the publisher :
From Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Chesapeake Diaries series, comes the next book in her popular Hudson Sisters series, which follows a trio of reluctant sisters who set out to fulfill their father’s dying wish and discover themselves in the process in this “sweet reminder of the importance of family” (First for Women).
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?
My review :
This was such a charming gem of a book. Although it is part of a trilogy, it read nicely as a stand alone novel. (I haven’t read the other 2 novels at this point.)
This book gives such a great description of how it is living in a small town. I’d always thought that sort of fairy tale, everyone-knows-everyone-else was a myth – until I moved to a small town myself.
The Hudson family is tight knit and fiercely loyal. Each of the sisters has a story of heartbreak and redemption. We mostly get to know Allie and her daughter Nikki through the course of this book. Allie wants what is best for her daughter, who is going through some drama with the girls back home.
In the process of renovating their old family theater, each of the three sisters (Des, Cara and Allie) each have their own a-ha moment that lures them back to the small town, whether they like it or not.
I enjoyed this book through each chapter, and getting to know each of the women better. I would recommend this book.