The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by @SusanMallery #WomensFic #BookReview

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!


Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women’s lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Critics, too, have heaped praise on “the new queen of romantic fiction.” (Walmart) Booklist says, “Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling,” and RT Book Reviews puts her “in a class by herself!”

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool’s Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they’re an integral component to a happy life. Visit Susan online at

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My Review

A warm and wonderful story!

Fraternal twins, Margot and Sunshine, have turned thirty and they’re ready to make changes in their lives.

Margot set aside her own career to follow her boyfriend around the world, but no more. She focuses on her job as a etiquette coach and tries to leave the past behind. When her new client is an eccentric movie star with a distracting son who lives in a renovated monastery, her life takes an interesting turn.

Sunshine is tired of her flighty ways. She decides to go to college and pay for the courses by caring for an eight-year-old sweetheart and his irresistible father.

The standout in this book is the sister’s connection and support of each other. Maybe because they were abandoned as children and lived with an elderly grandparent, Margot and Sunshine completely have each other’s backs. It was refreshing to read a heartwarming story without a lot of the chaos that regularly fills the news.

The settings are sublime. Ms. Mallery does a beautiful job drawing the reader into the story– I wanted to visit the monastery and the gardens in the worst way!

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this enjoyable read.

I give The Summer of Sunshine and Margot 4 lovely kisses!

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