Title: The Summer of Sunshine and Margot
Author: Susan Mallery
Rating: 5/5 stars
“The Baxter sisters come from a long line of women with disastrous luck in love. But this summer, Sunshine and Margot will turn disasters into destiny…
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!” (description from Goodreads)
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot was a first for me. I’ve read/listened to most of Mallery’s titles after they’ve been released. Weeks to months after. I have so many of hers to still get to that the new releases get bought, but not devoured right away. Well, for this brand new book I didn’t let myself wait. I pre-ordered the audiobook and downloaded it as soon as it was available. Two days later I had finished it and new what all the hype around it was while the hype is still going on. It’s a great feeling.
I’ve yet to be disappointed with a book from Susan Mallery. I’ve enjoyed some more than others, but they’re all great. That hasn’t changed with Sunshine and Margot’s book. These twins are great characters to read about. While Mallery writes many books revolving around sisters (and close friend relationships), she’s yet to over do it. As seen in this book, the way the relationship works between these sisters differs greatly from other ones I’ve read so far. It’s still a fresh theme.
I also enjoyed all the side characters. There weren’t really any that was pushed in the background or underdeveloped. I especially liked Alec and seeing his changes overtime. Another cool thing was Alec’s house, an old Spanish monastery. It may be partly because I recently finished reading Northanger Abbey, but some of the scenes added a bit of a Gothic atmosphere to this book. Just a hint and that was fun.
It’s a good thing I have a pile of Mallery’s backlist titles to read now that I sped through this one. I’m left wanting to read more and more now, and a new book doesn’t release until later this year.
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About the Author:
With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.
Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived.
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