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Review: The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery

Review: The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery

Summary: 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!


One of Susan Mallery’s best qualities is how when you grab one of her books, you just keep reading and forget time. The Summer of Sunshine and Margot definitely doesn’t disappoint. These two sisters will keep you flipping the pages wanting to see where life takes them. Trying to make their lives better, their story gives us all the elements that makes Susan’s book swoonworthy. 

We are introduced to Margot and Sunshine. These ladies have been through a lot, but what has been consistent, is their love for each other. At different places in their lives, they’ve had their fair share of disappointments, especially in the love department. Little did they know that life happens when it’s supposed to and how fate had something in store.

Margot is the more reserved sister. An etiquette coach, she lands a job working for a former movie star, Bianca, who is a lot to handle. Quirky and out of control at times, she is seeking her help to make her more social acceptable to her dignitary boyfriend. Little does she know that

Bianca has an ulterior motive for her. Her recluse and conservative son has sworn off love. Actually the last thing on his mind or wants is a relationship but when Margot comes into their lives, could this be fate meant to be?

Sunshine, definitely lives up to her name. Wanting to change her ways of running away from life and not to mention attaching herself to the wrong men, she really wants to have a real life. She wants a future, a real relationship and for once be respected as a person. Insecure but optimistic, she lands a position as a nanny with a widow and his son. A great guy who recently lost his wife and a charismatic son that is the center of his world. They hit off great. Actually, the ideal situation that seems meant to be. Seems perfect right?

As Sunshine gets adjusted and attached to her new situation, the past keeps creeping in on her clashed with her current feelings in turmoil. In her past, she would have a job, fall in love with the guy and leave. Not wanting to keep making the same mistakes, she wants to make this work. Not wanting to mix business with her personal life, she finds herself at a crossroads in life unsure of which direction to go. Little does she know that sometimes when you least expect it, what’s meant to be can be right in front of you.

The Summer of Sunshine and Margot brings all that we love in a great story by Susan Mallery. As much as these girls were enjoyable to read, the relationship between Bianca and Alec is worth noting as well. We get family drama, romance, wit that will make this wonderful. There’s much more to this book but I want you to enjoy all that it brings. I’m going to recommend adding this to your TBR.

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