When famed Hollywood agent Fritz Hudson passes away, two families get the surprise of their lives…Fritz had a west coast wife and two daughters, Des and Allie, and an east coast wife and one daughter, Cara. Both wives have predeceased him, but the two sets of daughters have no idea the other exists. Until the reading of their father’s will. To inherit his sizeable estate, the three women must move to Hidden Falls in the Poconos area of Pennsylvania and renovate the old theatre that was once the heart of the town. All go, all stay and see it through…or no one inherits.

This is the first book in a new series, giving the sisters future opportunities for plenty of adventures during the lengthy process of revitalizing the building. As they navigate getting to know one another and decide project responsibilities, they meet their aunt and the Hidden Falls locals. When Allie’s daughter Nikki joins them and falls in love with the town and the project, the stage is set for some fireworks between Allie and her ex in coming stories. Des, who rescues and fosters unwanted dogs, must find a way to help the local canine population when they find three strays living in their theatre. And Cara must decide if she can let go of the pain of her husband leaving her for one of her good friends.

If you want a pleasant read, The Last Chance Matinee is a good afternoon’s entertainment and the start of an intriguing series.

4 stars