Review: The Sugarhouse Blues by Mariah Stewart
Title: The Sugarhouse Blues
Series: The Hudson Sisters, Book #2
Author: Mariah Stewart
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis: 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
My Review: Reading this book was like returning to a favorite small town and meeting up with friends you had been missing. I enjoyed seeing how each character was growing and developing and I loved seeing how the theater was coming along. There is something about Mariah’s writing that connects you deeply to each character and leaves you wanting more as soon as you close the book. Each of the three sisters has there own issues to work through and a future to decide on. This book seemed to focus mostly on Des, so I was left wanting a bit more of Cara and Allie but I’m hopeful that they will have a more staring role in the next book. I found this to be a really great read and though it could be read as a standalone I highly recommend reading the first book!
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.
*I received this book from Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review*