The Summer of Sunshine and Margot

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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!

Don't miss The Happiness Plan, a new novel coming from #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery where three women experience hope, heartache, and the power of friendship as they search for true happiness!

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Cathy Geha
June 9, 2019
The Summer of Sunshine & Margot by Susan Mallery There are three couples that find happily ever afters in this story. One is an older beautiful actress with a backstory that causes her to act in ways she fears may not work in the life of the diplomat she loves and plans to marry. She is gorgeous, a bit outrageous and generous. Bianca feels she needs help to fit in and hires Morgot Baxter to coach her. The other two women are fraternal twins that also have backstories that impact their ability to be in a relationship that is lasting and good for them. Margot and her sister Sunshine were interesting to read about. Margot is the serene organized sleek sister who helps others in a more sophisticated way while Sunshine seems more outgoing casual and outgoing with a big heart that seems to click well with the children she is nanny for. All three women will become more aware of themselves and also of what they want in life and in so doing will find a way to their HEA with men who well suit them. The men...well...there is Wesley the diplomat who sees Bianca and loves every aspect of her – irreverent or not. He SEES her and loves her as she is. Alec, Bianca’s son, is a reserved controlled scholar who likes routine and order in his life – until he makes some realizations that move him in a new direction. Declan Dubois: widow, parent of 8 year old Connor and landscape architect is dealing with more than the loss of his wife as he comes to terms with what he wants and needs in his future. Once he figures out what that is it will make his life so much better. What I liked: * The writing was well done as was the plotting of the story * The love the sisters had for one another * The feelings explored by the characters and the insights they gained * The happy endings for the three couples * That were hints and tips to those who might find themselves in similar situations – they might benefit from what the characters learned What I didn’t like/questioned: * I found it difficult to believe that Sunshine would be objectified/treated as she was all the time by random men...have never seen this in real life. * The way the math TA was presented...would a TA really behave like that and be allowed to continue behaving like that within a university setting? * I felt that story could have been pared down to make it tighter and a bit less wordy. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more books by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin-Mira for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
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Pennie Morgan
June 11, 2019
This was a fun and sometimes funky story with sisters who appear to be total opposites but when you get right to the heart of it they are just looking for what we all are, someone to love and to be loved at the end. Margot is an etiquette specialist and her latest conquest is an aging movie star who is engaged to a diplomat but with her impulsive ways she needs some help to learn how to act. Oh, Margot soon wonders if she has met her match, especially when they land at the star's son's home and he is NOT like his mother. This was fun to watch develop :) Then we have Sunshine who has always been impulsive and now has sworn off men and decided to finish college but with her new job as a nanny of the young son of a newly widowed man she soon finds herself the center of his attentions. The best part of this book was the interaction between Margot and Sunshine! Sisters who have always had to rely on each other after their mother abandoned them and then were abandoned by their grandmother. They challenge each other and support each other. So, so good. Definitely a great summer read! **Received this book for review**
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Perrin Larton
June 21, 2019
Two sisters. Fraternal twins. They're looking for forever, but keep getting sidetracked by men who don't appreciate them. Sunshine is the 'live for now' twin. She can't seem to make up her mind about a career or a man. She's hurt people because she seems to see a shiny ball in the distance and keeps running after it without thinking of the consequences. She's not going to go man crazy any longer and has found a great position as a nanny that lets her think about school and doing what she needs to do rather than what she's done in the past. She is finally thinking about her long term goals, rather than her long night goals. Margot is the 'stodgy, stick in the mud' twin. She knows what she wants to do and does it. She has a career, but has missed out on her dream job because she too went running after a man who she thought was her forever love. She's come to her senses, and is now an etiquette coach who has begun a job with a former Hollywood star who didn't always succeed when needing to make good decisions. The star is engaged to a diplomat who needs a spouse to be decorous, and her son has stepped in to help his mom become more settled! On first glance, Sunshine and Margot seem to be miles apart in attitude. Raised by their grandmother who ran a school for beauty pageant contestants, the one who may have become their grandmother's shining star, didn't want to, and the one who wanted to, didn't have the aptitude. The 'Baxter Curse' of difficulty in relationships of the heart seems to follow them both around. Will they be able to overcome their background and find forever love? Can they put their pasts behind them and look to a fulfilling future? Should they put their hearts on the line? I loved this book.
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#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives—family, friendship, romance. She's known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages. Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at

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