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The Summer of Sunshine and Margot Paperback – March 24, 2020
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As an etiquette coach, Margot teaches her clients to fit in. But she’s never faced a client like Bianca, an aging movie star who gained fame—and notoriety—through a campaign of shock and awe. Schooling Bianca on the fine art of behaving like a proper diplomat’s wife requires intensive lessons, forcing Margot to move into the monastery turned mansion owned by the actress’s intensely private son. Like his incredible home, Alec’s stony exterior hides secret depths Margot would love to explore. But will he trust her enough to let her in?
Sunshine has always been the good-time sister, abandoning jobs to chase after guys who used her, then threw her away. No more. She refuses to be “that girl” again. This time, she’ll finish college, dedicate herself to her job as a nanny, and she 100 percent will not screw up her life again by falling for the wrong guy. Especially not the tempting single dad who also happens to be her boss.
Master storyteller Susan Mallery weaves threads of family drama, humor, romance and a wish-you-were-there setting into one of the most satisfying books of the year!
Don't miss The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery where one woman discovers the beauty in chaos in a poignant and heartwarming story about the threads that hold family together.
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"Mallery (California Girls) combines heat and sweet in a delicious tale destined for beach blankets."—Publishers Weekly
"perfect for a summer read."—Booklist
"Susan Mallery never disappoints."—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Mallery blends the friend-and-family relationships and self-actualization focus common to women's fiction [with the] happy ending of a contemporary romance, making this an excellent summer read for fans of both genres."—Booklist on Secrets of the Tulip Sisters
"Mallery creates a cute and charming world in Tulpen Crossing, and her three main characters are immensely likable and sympathetic."—Kirkus Reviews on Secrets of the Tulip Sisters
"For romance fans and admirers of fresh women's fiction."—Library Journal on Secrets of the Tulip Sisters
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"Heartfelt, funny, and utterly charming all the way through!"Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author on Daughters of the Bride
About the Author
- Publisher : HQN; First Time Trade edition (March 24, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1335080473
- ISBN-13 : 978-1335080479
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.26 x 0.97 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #719,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As for the two sisters, I can sort of identify with parts of each of their characters. I loved both of them in very different ways. Margot was more buttoned-up than Sunshine however she was living life the best way she thought she could. I liked that she felt deeply, even when that emotion was hard for her. And Sunshine. To me, she felt she was broken somehow, but I loved her highs and lows equally. She just seemed so real to me.
Then there are the two men in their lives: Alec Mcnicol for Margo and Declan Dubois for Sunshine. The budding relationship between these two gents and the sisters, is better told by the author but I can tell you that Alec was…closed off might be a good term. He’s the son of Margot’s client, Bianca Wray, who as a secondary character is wayyyyyyyyyyyy strong, both in her persona and character in this story. Again, no spoilers, and I couldn’t do it justice but Alec and his mother have “stuff” to work through before Margo can make headway with either of them. Too simple an explanation but Margot’s and Alec’s story is deeply touching, maddening, and wonderful at the same time. And Declan… He comes with an adorable little boy named Connor, Sunshine’s charge (as his nanny). For Declan’s character, he may have spent much time in his own head but I think he went through all the “things” you’d think he should, and would, if you were in his position. He and Sunshine also have not only touching moments but some pretty snarky ones, too. Loved their story. And Connor? I would adopt this little boy in a heartbeat. As the secondary character in Sunshine’s story, he usually stole the show whenever he appeared on the page. Loved him!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend, even if it did come with too many ants for my taste. (You’ll get the reference when you read the story.)
Margot keeps running into barriers to succeeding with her former actress client and the all-too-quiet Alec isn't helping, particularly after he succeeds in bedding Margot. Declan isn't off the hook, either, although he's more subtle about his desires, not wanting to destroy the wonderful relationship his son has developed with Sunshine.
Both the trouble and the resolution for these two sisters is true love, but do they have the courage to reach out and grab it after so many years of picking the wrong men for all the wrong reasons? A terrific read no matter the weather outside.