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The Sugarhouse Blues

(The Hudson Sisters #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  975 ratings  ·  191 reviews
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 acc ...more
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Published May 15th 2018 by Gallery Books
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
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
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Nothing says time to move on like having your husband file for divorce so he can marry one of your best friends.

“Ordinarily, I’d have a retort for that, but right now, I’m all out of snark.” “Allie, your snark well has never run dry.” “Well, it did today, Des. I used it all up on Clint.” Allie grinned. “But it was snark well spent, believe me.'

It’s not a big deal, Allie. He’s a good kid… Allie, you act like the guy came in here with punk green hair smoking a joint and grabbing he
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 ...more
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
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
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Kris - My Novelesque Life
(The Hudson Sisters: #2)
Written by Mariah Stewart
MAY 15, 2018; Gallery Books (400 Pages)
Genre: series, fiction, contemporary, small town, family drama, romance


I 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
Chris Conley
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
CD {Boulder Blvd}
This was a little better than the first book, but it is definitely not a standout read. 2.5 stars rounded up. I think the best way to read this series would be to wait until all three books are complete and binge read all three. I definitely regret reading the first two now and needing to wait until next year for any completion to a story. As I said in book #1, I feel like I'm reading a cliffhanger but there's not tension or drama that produces a "cliff". The stories just end in the middle of th ...more
Chatting About
I really enjoyed this story. The Hudson sisters are understanding each other better, and growing closer to each other. This is kind of Des’s story. Her relationship with Seth moves forward. Great series to read!

May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I would classify this as Women's fiction each of the sister's develops a relationship but the romance is served on the side as the focus is on the theater and the personal growth and familial ties of these three estranged sisters and their Aunt.

The overall premise of the story stems from conditions made in their late father's will. In order to receive their inheritance, the three sisters must reside in their Aunt's Victorian home as they restore the family-owned theater. They've been given
The Blonde Bookworm
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 ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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.
Janet Robel
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming story of sisterhood. I haven't read the first book, but was able to jump right in with this. I love the way everything was set up in here. While the sisters may be restoring an old theater their father left them, this is character driven. It's all the women under one roof and how their lives intertwine that capture the reader's attention.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Diane Perry
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Linda Zagon
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review of “The Sugarhouse Blues” by Mariah Stewart Gallery Books. Publishing Date May 15, 2018

I 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
Thanks to Goodreads and Gallery Books.

What a cute book. I'd call it chick lit.

I've read many books about sisters and this one was really good. Three sisters (one by another mother which was the 1st in the series) which I didn't read) all come together in a little town in PA to restore their family theater and live in a house with their aunt according to a stipulation in their father's will.

There's Des (the main character in this 2nd book of the series) who was a childhood actress and lives in
Diane Saul
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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 ...more
Thelma Fountain
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 ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won, reviewed, own
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
Margaret Dombrowski
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love how this series is turning out. I was glad that Des had her "aha moment" about her feelings and assumptions about Seth. It was time for self reflection as well, after her reaction to Allie doing the painting. Honestly, I was surprised by Des' reaction, but then again after what they went through in their childhood....made sense.

I am of the opinion the last (? will it be the last ?) story of Sugarhouse Blues that will highlight Allie's story will be nothing short of shocking attitude and
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the cover! So inviting.
This is the second book in the series and even better than the first one. A heartwarming story with a wonderful cast of characters that all work so well together. They draw you into the story and you feel like you are one of them.
My only regret is that I am going have to wait until the spring of 2019 to see what happens next when the 3rd book is released.
Virginia Winfield
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.
Mahoghani 23
I enjoy reading her books. They're easy going, dealing with issues other than crime, murder, sex and so forth. They leave something to the imagination plus provide descriptive information that catches the reader's interest and adds a desire to complete the series.
Amy Hayes
The second in this trilogy and it was another good one. I love learning more about these 3 sisters in each book and how the story still revolves around them fixing up an old movie theater and the adorable town they are in.
Lowkey romance, sweet family story. Nice to see Allie owning up to her flaws. Review to come.
Very much enjoyed this second instalment and so well narrated too. It is now perfectly set up to complete this trilogy with Ally and Ben set to go and Ally about to take her abilities and contribute to the renovation of the theatre.
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Mariah Stewart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of forty-one novels and three novellas and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. She is a RITA finalist in romantic suspense and the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO Award for excellence in women's fiction, and a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. A three-time winner ...more

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