Author: Susan Mallery
Fiction: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Tone: Uplifting, heroines to cheer for, a few steamy scenes
Take Away: The story of twin sisters determined to be their best selves, despite their bad luck in love.
How I discovered this title: As a member of Susan Mallery’s review crew, I received an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I enjoyed the story and feel confident recommending it.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot is an uplifting story of two sisters determined to overcome a family curse. The curse, a multi-generational flaw, causes Baxter women to fall in love, but always with the wrong guy.
Despite previous romances which resulted in life altering mistakes, each bravely forges a new path toward her goals. I found myself cheering for Margot to open her heart and rooting for Sunshine to achieve her dreams.
As they pursue their goals, new romances bloom. Yet, each man brings his own relationship baggage into the mix. Will the curse foil their dreams again? Even those familiar with Susan Mallery’s happily-ever-after stories will worry, can these sisters find happiness? No spoilers, but I couldn’t stop reading until I discovered the answer.
I also enjoyed the contrast in the sister’s lifestyles. Sunshine’s summer is spent as a nanny in a typical home complete with meal planning, baking and childcare. Margot’s etiquette coaching assignment takes her to a sprawling estate, a remodeled but historic monastery, complete with housekeeping staff and groundskeepers.
The supporting characters are dramatic and fun-a boy who loves ants, a beautiful and eccentric former actress, a divorcee of questionable character, an acerbic teaching assistant, and several former or want-to-be lovers. Their stories are entertaining and heart touching.
Book club bonus: a reader discussion guide and recipe suggestion are included. Enjoy!