Susan Mallery’s ‘The Summer of Sunshine and Margot’ is a Journey of Self Discovery [REVIEW]

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Two California girls must forge new paths if they are to ever find happiness in Susan Mallery’s latest novel. (Photo courtesy Pexels)

Two sisters. A legacy of heartbreak. Will they ever be able to break the cycle and seize the life they want? Find out in Susan Mallery’s provocative new novel, The Summer of Sunshine and Margot.



Sunshine and Margot are two sisters on very different paths. Raised by their great-grandmother, each of them yearns for love and family, but so far their dreams have gone unfulfilled. Yet now their unique family dynamic is pushing both of them to examine their lives and make some much-needed changes.

Margot, an etiquette coach, takes on a new client: movie legend Bianca Wray, a woman whose social graces need polished so she doesn’t disgrace her foreign diplomat fiance. However, Bianca is proving to be more of a challenge than Margot initially thought, and suddenly she is left wondering if she is really up to the task.

Meanwhile, Sunshine works as a nanny, bouncing from one family to another in her pursuit of true love, never staying long at any one post. In her wake she leaves a trail of chaos and confusion. When she finally realizes that the love she’s been chasing is nothing but simple infatuation, she decides to break her pattern and become a responsible adult, and to do so she must return to college and finish her degree.

With The Summer of Sunshine and Margot, Mallery creates two very authentic characters who are both relatable and deeply flawed. Yet it is their complexity which endears them to us and will have readers cheering them on as they pursue their goals.

In relating their tale, the author questions everything the two sisters believe and feel, and thus raises the ever important question: How do we make sense of our past while simultaneously making strides in the present? It is a conundrum with an elusive, but ultimately satisfying answer, one which reminds us that if we are properly motivated to make changes in our lives, anything is possible.

So relax, let Mallery take the wheel, and enjoy the view because The Summer of Sunshine and Margot is a delightful journey you won’t soon forget.

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Number one New York Times 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 or like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

By Susan Mallery
368 pp. HQN. $26.99

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About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

4 Responses to Susan Mallery’s ‘The Summer of Sunshine and Margot’ is a Journey of Self Discovery [REVIEW]

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  3. Sara Strand says:

    I can completely relate to this story line so I’m excited to read this one myself. Thank you for being a part of this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

  4. Pingback: Susan Mallery, author of THE SUMMER OF SUNSHINE AND MARGOT, on tour June 2019 | TLC Book Tours

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