Review: The Goodbye Cafe by Mariah Stewart


Release date: March 26, 2019

Publisher: Gallery

Genre: Women’s Fiction


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’ve been a fan of this series from the start and the past few years I’ve always looked forward to the newest book being released in order to catch up with the Hudson family, it’s such a treat. Each book shifts focus to one of the three Hudson sisters and while I’m sure that you probably could read them on their own, it’s such a great trilogy that I would recommend starting with the first book. You also get to know the residents of this sweet small town and part of the charm for me was reading about a group of people that I’ve come to know so well.

It’s finally Allie’s turn to be the star of the show in this book and I’ve been looking forward to finding out more about her and her daughter Nikki since the first book. Once again, I found myself invested in her life and wondering how things would turn out for her in the end. You can’t help yourself from loving the Hudson family, they’re incredibly endearing and just fun to read about. As always Aunt Barney is my favorite, she always have several tricks up her sleeve and this was no exception. Nikki was a close second though, she’s an amazing kid, just quirky and sweet. Stewart has created a warm and memorable cast of characters that will resonate with readers everywhere.

As the sisters draw closer to finishing the renovations of the theater, some of the questions that have went unanswered since the start are finally answered and some secrets are revealed! I absolutely loved how things ended and was totally satisfied on all levels. There were no lingering questions, everything was concluded to my liking and while I adored this one (it’s my favorite of the three) I’m also super sad that it’s over, always the sign of a great book. Highly recommend this series for WF fans and even romance fans, there’s plenty of that sweet, small town romance to make you swoon a little.

The Goodbye Cafe in three words: Charming, Endearing and Easy

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

7 thoughts on “Review: The Goodbye Cafe by Mariah Stewart

  1. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    This series sounds very sweet and perfect for summer! I’m loving that cover – it is very similar to the book “When We Left Cuba” which I am eagerly anticipating this month! Have you read Next Year in Havana? It is the second book in that series 🙂

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