Book Review: The Goodbye Cafe by Mariah Stewart

Posted 27 March, 2019 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in 2019 Reads, Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Book Review: The Goodbye Cafe by Mariah Stewart
Title: The Goodbye Café
Author: Mariah Stewart
Published by Gallery Books
Series: The Hudson Sisters #3
Date Published: 26 March, 2019
Pages: 416
Genres: Women's Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Gallery Books
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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 her family be enough to draw her back to the place where the Hudson roots grow so deep?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author/Gallery Books and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.


I haven’t read a Stewart book in some time. With her work, sometimes, it’s a hit or miss with me. She’s either got a really amazing book, or one that doesn’t captivate me. This one, her third in The Hudson Sisters trilogy, is easily read as a stand alone and absolutely captivated me. I loved the detail Stewart added to the story, I loved the characters, the plot line, all of it captivated me so this was a hit for sure.

I loved how Stewart blended these sisters together. They are new to each others lives, having to live together because of their late father’s will. Seeing them together, watching them work through differences was awesome.

Allie is a woman I could relate to, having been through a divorce myself and raising children. I could feel her pain, her walls that were up around her heart were my own. I loved watching her come to terms with her new life, and with her decision to stay in Pennsylvania, or back to California where her old life awaited her. Seeing her form new bonds, watching her blossom into who she’s truly meant to be, was a refreshing time for me.

This is a chick lit read that I recommend to all. It’s four stars worthy and two thumbs up from this reader. From laughter, to tears, to smiles and finding one’s true self, this book will keep you up late into the night reading.

About Mariah Stewart

Mariah Stewart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty-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 of the Golden Leaf Award presented by the New Jersey Romance Writers, Stewart was recently awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award (which placed her in their Hall of Fame along with former recipients Nora Roberts and Mary Jo Putney — very excellent company, indeed!)

She considers herself one lucky son of a gun to have landed the best job in the world: getting paid for making up stories. At home. In sweats and J. Crew flip flops. Could life be sweeter?

A native of Hightstown, NJ, Stewart is a member of Novelists, Inc, Thriller Writers International, Sisters in Crime, PASIC, the Romance Writers of America, the New Jersey Romance Writers, the Valley Forge Romance Writers, and the Washington Romance Writers. She lives with her husband and their two dogs — a geriatric golden retriever and a rambunctious rescue retriever mix — amidst the rolling hills of Chester County, PA where she savors country life, tends her gardens, and tries to avoid running the Amish buggies off the road with her SUV.

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