The Summer of Sunshine and Margot

The Summer of Sunshine and Margot

by Susan Mallery


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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335659972
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 180
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

#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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The Summer of Sunshine and Margot 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
penuser penuser 12 hours ago
#Susan Mallery's woman's fiction books are filled with witty romance, heartwarming heart bonds and family fixable drama..Summer of Sunshine and Margot doesn't disappoint. Being a twin myself, I was captivated to read this "twin story" . Their twinhood bond always remains no matter the distance between them. Even tho one is 8 minutes older, those minutes do make a difference in each one having their own personality, I know..because Im 8 minutes younger than my identical twin sister and we are two seperate women with different ideas and likes and dislikes. Sunshine and Margot , both with broken past lovelifes and abondonment by their mother when very young,they still have hopes and dreams they follow .Raised by their grandmother, they are able to grow up with two seperate careers and independent in their own ways. One a nanny, one a beauty pageant etiquette teacher. .Sunshine,the more outgoing sister,pretty and poised and can attract a man easily...she wants a serious commitment now & dedicates herself to change her past abondonment issues in her nanny jobs ,and not to run away again when a man has used her. She realizes she hurts the children emotionally because she secretly leaves them when she is hurt by a man. She moves in a new house with 8 yr old Conner, son of widower Declan,who he too is trying to resolve his hurt with his not so ex wife,who he forcefully had to remain with because she was dying. Sunshine also returns to college,where she is struggling to pass but wants to succeed and at the same time, She is making sure Connor's daily needs are met , including with his love of ants. Declan sees alot of dedication to his son and enjoying what she does to make Conner happy and he also finding he feels happy too. Sunshine doesnt take the hint from him ; he is falling in love with her and yet he is trying to stay distant and not scare her away. She has become more loyal now and wouldnt dream of hurting Connor when she finds attracted to Declan too. An incident between she and Declan, the phone sex...makes her want to leave....again. Margot. the conservative twin, has her hands full with a new project , to train the free spirited soon to be 60 yr old Bianca ,an occassional movie actress still ,has to fit in a new life....soon marrying diplomat Wesley. Margot feels Wesley should just accept his fiancee as she is, but after seeing Bianca's antics and ways, she will need to be more toned down around her new life once she marries into it. Bianca ends up teaching Margot a few lessons of her own about love when it comes to her son,Alec. They live in the monastry gardens mansion . Alec isnt too happy that his mother hires Margot.Yet he has some hope that his mother can become more polite ,staid & likeable. He expects failure. His mother has money,also flipped investment properties. Margot does research on this family, and is more interested in Alec's life. A scholar who inherits the monastery & turns it into a research center of written ancient works. Its very interesting reading about the monastry gardens in the middle of Pasadena and Susan did a well research of them. I love gardening,so this part of the story was wonderful. Alec finds out a secret about his mother Bianca,and why she is how she is. Perhaps she is the key to helping him discover his own lovelife and not to let it slip away. Margot's decision leaving the mansion, and he realizes how much he misses her. Enjoyed another hit!
Jamiers55 2 days ago
What a story, loved every page!! Sunshine and Margot are twins who go through the ups and downs with love. Each twin different , both trying to focus on their careers and find love. In the end love will find it's way in, once you find yourself. Such a heartfelt , sister story you won't want to end!!!
Evarista 2 days ago
I just loved The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery. Sunshine and Margpt are two sister longing to change their lives. Both sisters have a history of choosing the wrong man and ruining their careers for romance. Neither sister knows that this will be the summer that changes their lives. Margot and Sunshine will have to risk everything to fulfill all their dreams. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Susan Mallery creates wonderful engaging characters that captivate you every time.
Jilleey 2 days ago
With an interesting take on twin/sister story, Susan Mallery shares the stories of Margot and Sunshine and their challenges with life and love. After finishing this story I called my sister and told her she had to immediately read it. Throughout the book I could identify so clearly with so many aspects of both of their lives but those differences were so strong as well and I felt like my sister identify with it all too. A great summer read and as always a book where Mallery draws you in and leaves you wanting to know more about the community to which you are introduced.
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Tsengstock 2 days ago
I loved it! Susan Mallery you did it again! Yet another great story!!
JameyC 2 days ago
A wonderful heartwarming book with one of my favorite topics…Sisters! This book was very entertaining while telling the story of two sisters, although twins, with two totally different personalities and lifestyles, yet still similar in some ways. Susan Mallery always tells a great story but this is absolutely one of my favorites. She really makes her books relatable, and you are totally engrossed in the story from the very beginning. This book is a must read! I really enjoyed reading the stories unfold for both Sunshine and Margot, as well as Bianca, and really, all of them! Great read!!
Anonymous 2 days ago
Susan Mallery brings us two sisters who were not looking for love, but as each of their stories unravel they end up finding their one true loves. They had their ups and downs, but in the end they lived happily ever after.
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mvig6036 3 days ago
Another wonderful read by Susan Mallory!! This is a book about fraternal twins Sunshine and Margot. They take us on a wonderful journey as they try to find their happiness. The author has a way of writing that never fails to pull me into my characters lives and take me with them on their journey. This is a great anything read and I highly recommend it.
cthill 3 days ago
As always, Susan Mallery writes a great story about love amd life. I love her books and she never disappoints. Sunshine and Margot have always been close and only had each other. This Summer they may just find love!
Wendy6 3 days ago
I loved The Summer of Sunshine and Margot- which is not surprising as I have a tendency to love all of Susan Mallory’s books. Being a fraternal twin myself, I particularly enjoyed that the characters were twins. This is a wonderful book to take to the beach, to the mountains, or just to the backyard pool. A great summer read!
Cgrono 3 days ago
This book is not only a good beach read but an anytime read. Twin sisters Margot and Sunshine are very different in looks, careers, and their quest for a love. They take us on their love journey. I am envious of their loving and understanding relationship. The humor that the author, Susan Mallery, displays in her writing adds to the story and makes the characters more human. I grow much attached to the characters and I am never disappointed when I read her stories. Enjoy another good read by Susan Mallery!
Anonymous 3 days ago
Margot Baxter is the buttoned-up, intelligent sister with a great professional life, but her personal life needs some help. She is hung up on a man who flits in and out of her life and is determined to stay away from him. She moves into a home, once an old monastery in Pasadena to work with her client Bianca Wray, a famous actress who finally falls in love and wants to learn how to fit in for her diplomat fiancé. The home belongs to Bianca’s son Alex Mcnicol, a collector and translator of ancient writings. Two closed off people Alex and Margot form a friendship and enjoy the other’s company. The other sister is Sunshine. Rescued by her sister after being abandoned in London on her latest run off with a guy adventure, Sunshine is ready to begin a new chapter in her life looking for real love. She takes a job as a nanny and also decides to attend college beginning with a math class. I loved her relationship with Connor, her little charge. It was open, warm and creative. Connor’s father Declan and Sunshine are soon attracted to one another, but both hide their feelings as each felt it was inappropriate due to the nanny circumstances. These three were so good together. It was a very satisfying story and I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
rphdarla 3 days ago
Cute story of fraternal twin sisters who were raised by their grandmother, trying to move on with their lives and move past the Baxter Family curse of making unwise choices in the love/life department. Sunshiine and Margot, are likeable characters and the men they end up meeting, Declan and Alec, are charming in their own way. I could not truly relate to Margot or Alec or his mother Bianca, but saw much of myself in Sunshine and even Declan and his son Connor. So much so that I at times wished the story was just about Sunshine. Another novel where the reader is switched back and forth between the two main characters situations. This could have easily been two separate novels, with more indepth look at each character. Regardless, I very much enjoyed the story and would recommend to anyone that reads the romanace genre. I have been following Susan Mallery for many years and read every new release. I love the beautiful covers on all of her Hardcover releases, but with the price of a hardcover novel these days, I can understand the difficulty it may cause for some to afford to purchase.
Anonymous 4 days ago
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot is a delightful read. Susan Mallory has brought to life two delightful twins who are searching, and fine, true love during one summer! An excellent book for reading on the beach or by the pool.
JustNicole 5 days ago
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot is a two-for-one story! Author Susan Mallery gives us the story of sisters Sunshine and Margot Baxter for the summer. Margot applies for a position as an etiquette coach for an impulsive actress, preparing to marry a diplomat, but has to interview and live in her son Alec’s home. Sunshine is a nanny for Declan’s son Conner…forbidden relationship? This story was told in first person POV of mostly Margot and Sunshine, but also of Alec and Declan as well. I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Susan Mallery is a wonderful storyteller, and I loved the descriptive moments in this book. I loved the story of Sunshine and Declan and how the interaction was between Sunshine and Conner. I loved the HEA’s and how the story ended. 4 stars from me.
gdsnv 5 days ago
I loved The Summer of Sunshine & Margot! It was all that I expected it to be. I want to write about what I enjoyed in this book and why. There are four main characters in the story, two of which are the sisters: Margot and Sunshine Baxter. Their relationship had to be the best part of the story for me. They had a special, close relationship but it wasn’t sickly sweet. In fact, it had a LOT of snark – which I totally love. They are very different, fraternal twins, but there is a very close bond between them. It was especially funny when the called each other on their respective B.S. Sometimes it made me snort-laugh. Thru it all, though, they are always there for one another with a very strong bond of love. As for the two sisters, I can sort of identify with parts of each of their characters. I loved both of them in very different ways. Margot was more buttoned-up than Sunshine however she was living life the best way she thought she could. I liked that she felt deeply, even when that emotion was hard for her. And Sunshine. To me, she felt she was broken somehow, but I loved her highs and lows equally. She just seemed so real to me. Then there are the two men in their lives: Alec Mcnicol for Margo and Declan Dubois for Sunshine. The budding relationship between these two gents and the sisters, is better told by the author but I can tell you that Alec was…closed off might be a good term. He’s the son of Margot’s client, Bianca Wray, who as a secondary character is wayyyyyyyyyyyy strong, both in her persona and character in this story. Again, no spoilers, and I couldn’t do it justice but Alec and his mother have “stuff” to work through before Margo can make headway with either of them. Too simple an explanation but Margot’s and Alec’s story is deeply touching, maddening, and wonderful at the same time. And Declan… He comes with an adorable little boy named Connor, Sunshine’s charge (as his nanny). For Declan’s character, he may have spent much time in his own head but I think he went through all the “things” you’d think he should, and would, if you were in his position. He and Sunshine also have not only touching moments but some pretty snarky ones, too. Loved their story. And Connor? I would adopt this little boy in a heartbeat. As the secondary character in Sunshine’s story, he usually stole the show whenever he appeared on the page. Loved him! Thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend, even if it did come with too many ants for my taste. (You’ll get the reference when you read the story.)
Anonymous 5 days ago
Another solid Susan Mallory read. Great for summer and the beach!
Targa12 5 days ago
This book is a nice beach read. Fraternal twin sisters Margot and Sunshine are both at a place in their lives where they want put their past mistakes behind them. There is solid love between them and that carries through the book. Susan Mallery’s wit comes through in all the interactions between the characters. This one is not my favorite of her books but still a pleasant read.
Firebird28 5 days ago
Beautifully written book about two sisters - fraternal twins - and their personal journeys. Margot and Sunshine are fraternal twins and have quite different personalities and in their outlooks on life. The book explores them, the people they work for (directly and indirectly), how everyone grows within those interactions, and how their perceptions change as new information adds to their knowledge. I've read some of Ms. Mallery's other books and there is usually a little something that doesn't quite gel for me reading them. I am happy to say that this book is not one of those times. Look forward to reading my next Susan Mallery book.
sharlp 5 days ago
Such a great summer read! The story of twin sisters both working towards something better in their jobs and their relationships (or lack of!) Really enjoyed the characters especially the sometimes outrageous Bianca. Wish I could read more about these sisters! Another great story by Susan Mallery.
MLS3 5 days ago
I really enjoyed this book; very interesting characters. The story moves a little slow, but that allows you to really get to know Sunshine & Margot, fraternal twins with a family history of poor decisions when it comes to love, and a desire to change that history. I really loved their strong support of each other and how they tried to get passed their family curse. The sisters were such unique characters, almost opposites, but always there for each other. The heroes of the story, Declan & Alec, were both very interesting characters. They complemented Sunshine and Margot so well. And extended family, Connor and Bianca, made you smile, especially Connor and his obsession for ants and his ant farm. This is just a really great story about family, being yourself, & believing in yourself. Although it does seem to move a little slowly, it was still a page turner; I didn't want to put the book down. It was a great book.
FayeA 5 days ago
Another good book from Susan Mallery. I loved Margot and Sunshine’s story. I was a little slow to like Margot, but I liked Sunshine immediately. It was fun to read about the internal struggles they have with life and how they resolve them. I thought it was very interesting to write a book that involved an etiquette coach, there must have been many hours of research involved to develop that storyline. Easy, fun book that I would definitely read again.
1parkerd 6 days ago
Susan Mallery never lets me down. When I saw this was about sisters, I was afraid it would be fighting and not getting along with each other. But these sisters love each other and enjoy spending time together. Although they are different, one going thru lots of relationships and one stuck on one person, they both long for a normal, loving life. Sunshine is a nanny and loves children and Margot tries to help people be their best. She gets a real winner in Binaca. She is the kind of person you love to be around, but not be responsible for. She had me giggling. Read this book!