The Summer of Sunshine and Margot

The Summer of Sunshine and Margot

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...

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  • DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes:

    Just so you know, I’m feeling especially pouty tonight. If you hang out with me, I’ll whine and be unreasonable.

    “I’m the firstborn. Responsibility is my middle name.” “You’re firstborn by eight minutes.” Margot sighed. “I did love being an only child.”

    From her perspective, there was only one surefire way to get him to back off. She offered a regretful smile and lightly touched his arm. “I would love to only things are a little contagious…”She w

    Favorite Quotes:

    Just so you know, I’m feeling especially pouty tonight. If you hang out with me, I’ll whine and be unreasonable.

    “I’m the firstborn. Responsibility is my middle name.” “You’re firstborn by eight minutes.” Margot sighed. “I did love being an only child.”

    From her perspective, there was only one surefire way to get him to back off. She offered a regretful smile and lightly touched his arm. “I would love to only things are a little contagious…”She waved her fingers toward her crotch. “Down there, if you get my meaning. It’s not horrible but the rash can really burn.” Steven shifted away from her so quickly he nearly lost his balance and fell off his chair.

    We’ve all done things we’re ashamed of. The point is to do better when we know better.

    My Review:

    Margot and Sunshine Baxter were fraternal twins and I adored them and want to be in their circle of friends. Both had started new jobs and had each reached an epiphany over their history of poor choices in their previous relationships with each sister actively striving to improve their lot in that department; if only the past were so easy to leave behind. The characters were beguiling and endearingly quirky with unique yet relevant challenges to accommodate. The storylines were well-crafted, engaging, cleverly amusing, and expertly paced. Ms. Mallery’s wordcraft is well-honed and she certainly knows what she is doing as I have easily fallen into a refreshingly pleasurable state of rapt entertainment with each of her lovely books that I have been lucky enough to peruse.

  • Debbie Oliphant

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I really enjoyed this book and after reading California Girls, I wanted more and this author delivered. I probably could have read this in one sitting had I not required sleep,,,,,,,,,,I just could not put this down.

    Margot and Sunshine are sisters who have depended on eaxh other since their mother abandoned them at a young age. Margot is poised and professional and lives a very controlled lifestyle. Sunshin

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I really enjoyed this book and after reading California Girls, I wanted more and this author delivered. I probably could have read this in one sitting had I not required sleep,,,,,,,,,,I just could not put this down.

    Margot and Sunshine are sisters who have depended on eaxh other since their mother abandoned them at a young age. Margot is poised and professional and lives a very controlled lifestyle. Sunshine is the opposite.

    Margot's business involves helping her clients improve their lives. The story begins with her meeting a high profile client who is engaged to a diplomat. Her client, Bianca, has self-control issues and worries that her new role has a diplomat's wife could hurt the man that she loves. Margot meets Bianca at her son, Alex's home where she is currently staying. Bianca convinces Margot to stay at his large home if she is going to be effective with her work. Margot believes she has bit off more than she can chew as Bianca proves to be her biggest challenge, not to mention Alex is a bit eccentric with his own control issues. But she is also noticing that the more she is around Bianca and Alex, the more she is surrenduring her control which is allowing her to see and feel a different side of her, one that she is starting to enjoy.

    Sunshine has sworn off men as she knows they are her weakness that makes her make poor decisions. She is hired on as a nanny for a widower's son, Connor. Due to the recent death of his mother, she believes this role allow her to keep her vow. Connor's son, Declan, is very busy and while appreciative of Sunshine's role with Connor, he will not cross a line with Sunshine. Sunshine decides to return to school to work on a degree as she believes it is her pathway to "normal" and this is what she truly wants. Her bond with Connor grows and she is realizing that she has feelings for Declan but refuses to act on them as she knows this will push her back to her old life and she has vowed to correct that.

    While the two sisters are dealing with the events in their lives, they find time to stay connected and discuss their recent changes. I really love how the author unveils the many layers of flaws and emotions due to abandonment with Margot and Sunshine. There is pain and the two where a thick armor to protect themselves, but not with each other. The two hold each other accountable and the support and love that they have binds them together.

    Does Margot and Sunshine find forever love? you will have to read, and i assure you, the story is worth it. Loved it.......felt it......and look forward to more!!!

  • Jill McGill

    Susan Mallery has done it again! To this day she is one of my favorite authors - she never dissappoints. Whenever I need a pick me up or feel good book I know exactly where to turn every time!

    This is a moving novel about Sunshine and Margot Baxter, fraternal twins, who have come a long way since their mother left them when they were very young. These two sisters are so very different, but there is one thing that they are both searching for... true love! Sunshine and Margot have such a strong bo

    Susan Mallery has done it again! To this day she is one of my favorite authors - she never dissappoints. Whenever I need a pick me up or feel good book I know exactly where to turn every time!

    This is a moving novel about Sunshine and Margot Baxter, fraternal twins, who have come a long way since their mother left them when they were very young. These two sisters are so very different, but there is one thing that they are both searching for... true love! Sunshine and Margot have such a strong bond that you just can't help rooting for them to succeed!

    Susan Mallery is a fantastic storyteller who can make you feel like you are right in the setting of the story - there's definitely a reason she stays at the top. This was a fast read with relatable characters, romance, humor, and family drama. Highly Recommend!

    *Many thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: Sunshine Baxter was done with love at first sight. D.O.N.E. More times than she could count, she'd looked into a pair of - insert any color here - eyes and immediately given her heart. The relationships had all ended in disaster and she'd hated herself for being so incredibly stupid over and over again, so she decided she was finished with the falling in love concept. Over it. Moving on.

    Except...

    ABOUT THIS BOOK: The Baxter sisters come from a long line of women w

    EXCERPT: Sunshine Baxter was done with love at first sight. D.O.N.E. More times than she could count, she'd looked into a pair of - insert any color here - eyes and immediately given her heart. The relationships had all ended in disaster and she'd hated herself for being so incredibly stupid over and over again, so she decided she was finished with the falling in love concept. Over it. Moving on.

    Except...

    ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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.

    MY THOUGHTS: I have never been a great reader of romance, but Mallery has a way of writing that grabs at my heartstrings and totally involves me in the lives of her characters. She writes with grace, humor, and a certain realism that stops well short of cynical. In other words, her books are a pure delight, and The Summer of Sunshine and Margot is no exception.

    There are no great surprises, but reading a book by Susan Mallery is a wonderful journey in itself. Her characters are so very real, experiencing the highs and lows of life that so many of us are so very familiar with. Her characters could be us, or our friends, and by the time I had finished this book, I didn't want to say goodbye to my new friends.

    I adored the character of Bianca, headstrong, and yet so very insecure. And I did wonder why Sunshine and Bianca's mother would call one daughter Sunshine and the other Margot....but I'm afraid that is one question that will remain unanswered.

    A delightful read.

    ****.5

    THE AUTHOR: #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. She's best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages.

    Critics have dubbed Mallery "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!" It's no wonder that her books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list.

    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 Washington state 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.

    DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harlequin - Mira (US & Canada) via NetGalley for providing a digital copy of The Summer of Sunshine & Margot by Susan Mallery for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinion.

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  • Obsidian

    Well that was actually a good read compared to the other two books I finished this weekend. There were some weak subplots going on, but I did love the two sisters (Sunshine and Margot) relationship. For once we didn't get very little scenes with people who are related. These two depend on each other and love each other. The romantic interests were okay, I do have to call BS on Sunshine's though, there'

    Well that was actually a good read compared to the other two books I finished this weekend. There were some weak subplots going on, but I did love the two sisters (Sunshine and Margot) relationship. For once we didn't get very little scenes with people who are related. These two depend on each other and love each other. The romantic interests were okay, I do have to call BS on Sunshine's though, there's a lot there that made me squirmy and I really wish that romance authors would stop with the boss/employee relationship. I read Ask A Manager too much because all I could think was the sexual harassment claims that can come in.

    Sunshine is back trying to nanny again after finally ridding herself of the last guy she dated. She is determined to go back to college and get her degree in child psychology. Her new job has her being a nanny to a newly widowed father (Declan) of a young boy. Sunshine is determined to try to date "good" guys this time, but keeps finding more and more men are only attracted to her body. She also realizes that she may be falling for her boss.

    Margot is an etiquette coach. She gets hired to transform an aging movie star (Bianca) who has plans to marry a diplomat and live abroad. She realizes this job may be tougher than she thought and she starts thinking about her client's son Alec.

    Mallery does a good job with giving a solid backstory to Sunshine and Margot. There mother ran off and left them as did their grandmother. The great grandmother raised them and had dreams of one of them becoming Miss America one day. I don't even know what to say about all of that. I can't imagine having that as a goal for my great grand kids. Anyway, both women have scars due to their mother abandoning them and their lack of solid relationships. Both sisters end up picking losers and or people who just use and throw them away.

    I enjoyed all of the dialogue with Sunshine and Margot. It reminds me of similar conversations with my sister and best friends.

    I do have to say though that the twin plots didn't hold up much though. Margot and her job with Bianca starting boring me after a while. And when you realize why Bianca is acting the way she is it felt like a reach and too similar to Stephen King's Carrie backstory. Sunshine's plot with her going to school and trying with math was good though. I liked that she was focused on getting a good grade and did laugh at her math tutor going get a therapist, I am not here to listen to your problems.

    The love interests were okay. Alec fitting the nerdy but secretly sexy type. Declan though bugged me a lot. We get a whole backstory on what was going on with his marriage. I still say that Mallery included it though so her readers didn't boo his butt for thinking sexy thoughts about his nanny.

    The writing was very good and the flow was great. I have pinged Maller's other series before due to there being a plethora of characters and very little to tie them together. For once Mallery makes a book about sisters and stays fixed on them. I definitely liked this one better than "The Tulip Sisters."

    The ending felt rushed with Sunshine's story, but I liked how Margot's ended.

  • Madison Warner Fairbanks

    The Summer of Sunshine & Margot by Susan Mallory

    A touching novel about two sisters whose goals are to make their lives better. As they do their best at their respective jobs, each must learn to care for the new men in their lives.

    It’s a beautiful and heart appealing story of the sister duo falling in love. Sunshine and Margot are so different. Their connection and support to each other is lovely and the best kind of sister relationship to have.

    An excerpt that describes Alec. A

    The Summer of Sunshine & Margot by Susan Mallory

    A touching novel about two sisters whose goals are to make their lives better. As they do their best at their respective jobs, each must learn to care for the new men in their lives.

    It’s a beautiful and heart appealing story of the sister duo falling in love. Sunshine and Margot are so different. Their connection and support to each other is lovely and the best kind of sister relationship to have.

    An excerpt that describes Alec. A sentiment I can totally understand.

    “Alec Mcnicol did not like having people stay in this house. When visiting scholars came to study any of the ancient text, they worked in one of the archive rooms during the day, then retreated to hotel at night. The same with the household staff. Edna Stojicic, his very sensible housekeeper, brought a team of cleaners to tend to the large building and work her magic in the kitchen before disappearing long before 5:00 PM. There were weeks he never saw her at all. The gardeners rarely needed to speak to him and he communicated with Borys, the full-time woodworker/handyman the old Spanish building required, via text.

    On a good day, Alec on no one, spoke to no one, and that was how he preferred things. He loved his life just as it was. His routine was predictable and that made him happy. Only now he was not only dealing with his mother, there was a stranger contend with.”

    I received an early copy of this book at a conference.

  • Berit☀️✨

    sᴜɴ. sᴀɴᴅ. ʙᴏᴏᴋ ɪɴ ʜᴀɴᴅ.

    Susan Mallery has constructed a sunny lighthearted story perfect for the summertime. Two sisters, two men,two complicated romances. Margot and Sunshine are sisters with very different personalities, but very similar dreams. Margot is the serious sister, the planner. She is working as an etiquette coach when she meets Alec, The buttoned up son of her free spirited client Bianka. Sunshine is the wild sister. Always making the wrong decisions, always falling for the wrong

    sᴜɴ. sᴀɴᴅ. ʙᴏᴏᴋ ɪɴ ʜᴀɴᴅ.

    Susan Mallery has constructed a sunny lighthearted story perfect for the summertime. Two sisters, two men,two complicated romances. Margot and Sunshine are sisters with very different personalities, but very similar dreams. Margot is the serious sister, the planner. She is working as an etiquette coach when she meets Alec, The buttoned up son of her free spirited client Bianka. Sunshine is the wild sister. Always making the wrong decisions, always falling for the wrong man. Determined to get her life on the right track Sunshine fights her feelings as she begins to fall for The man she is working for. Oh life is so complicated, especially when it comes to matters of the heart! Can two sisters with a history of making the wrong decisions actually find real love? Predictable? Yes. But with romance it is more about the journey and the characters and Miss Mallery is a queen when it comes to writing stories that melt your heart! If you love the love, this is a MUST summer read!

    🎧🎧🎧 Tanya Eby always gives her everything to the book she narrates. Her passion for narrating really shines through. She always does a remarkable job and this book was no exception! She definitely brought Sunshine and Margot to life through her narration of this book!

    *** Big thanks to HQN and Harper Audio for my copy of this book ***

  • Fareya

    by Susan Mallery is an ideal example of what I love in a light summer contemporary fiction – charming characters, plenty of humor, family drama, just the right amount of romance and most importantly a satisfying and happy ending. The author certainly knows how to tell a story and with easily flowing simple words she manages to keep her readers engaged, leaving them completely content towards the end.

    The plot revolves around two fraternal twin sisters Sunsh

    by Susan Mallery is an ideal example of what I love in a light summer contemporary fiction – charming characters, plenty of humor, family drama, just the right amount of romance and most importantly a satisfying and happy ending. The author certainly knows how to tell a story and with easily flowing simple words she manages to keep her readers engaged, leaving them completely content towards the end.

    The plot revolves around two fraternal twin sisters Sunshine and Margot who are poles apart in both looks and temperament but share a deep sibling bond. Margot is the practical sister, prim, proper and with a no nonsense attitude, she excels at her job as an etiquette coach. But her most recent client Bianca, baffles her. Bianca is an aging movie star who has had a glamorous and very scandalous youth. Now that she’s marrying a European diplomat she needs Margot to coach her to follow the rules of decorum in order to move among the political elite and be the dignified wife. Teaching Bianca self-control and the proprieties of aristocracy is much more demanding than anything Margot has ever handled before, but what’s even more challenging is trying not to fall for Bianca’s eccentric yet gorgeous son Alec.

    Sunshine on the other hand is a dreamer and a romantic to the extent of being gullible. She has abandoned her life and job one too many times chasing after guys only to be dumped mercilessly every time. Now at thirty one, she’s had enough and hence has decided to be in control of her life. She enrolls herself in college to get a degree in child psychology, meanwhile working as a nanny for a sweet eight year old boy, Connor. Now if only she could keep her heart safe from the tempting single dad Declan, her boss aka Connor’s dad!

    The plot isn’t elaborate as you can tell, but I believe it doesn’t need to be for stories like this. The focus is on sibling relationship, human connection, overcoming the pain in past and moving on, in giving life a second chance and thereby getting one ourselves. The characters were all relatable and realistic, flawed in their quirks and vulnerabilities and very human, as were the backstories associated with the two sisters and their respective love interests. Bianca, was an exception though, I wouldn’t really say she was relatable per se, but nonetheless a delight to read about. The romance is a sweet one, but it does get steamy towards the end. The conclusion was well done, not rushed, not totally unbelievable even if a bit cheesy, but I was satisfied. Although I would have loved an epilogue with a wedding maybe!

    Yes, the story is predictable but it doesn’t make it any less endearing. I am all for intense literary reads, but sometimes, particularly in summer I long for a simple, sweet, predictable yet extremely satisfying story, exactly like this one which is just so good for the soul.

    I’ll recommend it if you’re on the lookout for a light breezy heartwarming story that’ll be perfect to flip through on a long hot summer afternoon, especially if combined with a tall glass of iced tea.

  • Amy

    I’m always a fan of stories about sisters and if they’re twin sisters, I’m even more interested. I’ve read quite a few books by Susan Mallery about sisters and this one may be my new favorite, she has a true gift for writing about sibling relationships in a really realistic and authentic way and the family dynamics between Sunshine and Margot were both interesting and also sweet, a perfect combination for a summer read.

    Like many siblings, Sunshine and Margot are polar opposites both

    I’m always a fan of stories about sisters and if they’re twin sisters, I’m even more interested. I’ve read quite a few books by Susan Mallery about sisters and this one may be my new favorite, she has a true gift for writing about sibling relationships in a really realistic and authentic way and the family dynamics between Sunshine and Margot were both interesting and also sweet, a perfect combination for a summer read.

    Like many siblings, Sunshine and Margot are polar opposites both in their appearance but also in their personalities. Sunshine is carefree and vivacious and has been known to abandon everything on a whim. Margot is more serious and reserved, she thrives on structure and a routine and takes her professional life very seriously. What they do have in common is their rotten luck with men, they say the Baxter family is cursed, but over the course of the story they both meet men who may end that string of bad luck for good. I loved both of these women, they’re far from perfect, therefore making them easy to relate to. They both undergo some pretty heavy character development by the end and it was really nice to see them grow and mature by the end.

    True to form, this book had a little bit of everything, there was romance (and things do get pretty spicy 🔥), humor, and family drama, basically everything that I love in a book! Definitely recommended by me, especially to anyone looking for a book full of lovable, relatable characters.

    The Summer of Sunshine and Margot in three words: Delightful, Genuine and Sweet.

  • Mellie Antoinette

    Just ... ugh. The best thing about this ... was the title.

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