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: 9781488096877
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 94
File size: 1 MB

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. 75 reviews.
MLS3 2 hours 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 2 hours 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 8 hours 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!
Anonymous 2 days ago
I loved the title of the book! Sunshine gives such happy vibes and so does the character of Sunshine. Margot carries the feeling of proper and old fashioned and that can be said about the Margot in this story as well. (That just means the writer did great in naming her characters!!!) We all struggle with our past mistakes and how not to repeat them and we do not want that held against us. Finding the courage to stay the course to overcome them is the goal. Both sisters are so different yet so alike. Both trying to be the best they can be. Most people are doing the same. We may not know their circumstance, but we need to allow them to change and without judgement. I really got lost in the last half of the book camping and enjoyed the unravelling story to its end. Loved it!
Wkg24 2 days ago
I love a book that is relatable; where the characters feel like they could be someone you know, or even have parts of yourself woven into them. The Summer of Sunshine and Margot is such a book. The two main characters are sisters who have made mistakes in the past and are wanting to make sure they don't repeat those mistakes. The relationships are real and relatable. Susan Mallory brings humor, passion and things to make you think into all the books she writes. Definitely a book worth reading!
KatieSEE 2 days ago
Susan Mallery treats us with a fantastic standalone! The Summer of Sunshine and Margot was a great beach read for this summer. You get a great sister story, child finds a new mommy story and 2 fantastic love stories! You will not be disappointed!
KristyannM 2 days ago
A fabulous stand-alone from Susan Mallery! I loved sisters Margot and Sunshine--their relationship with each other, and each of their personal struggles and back stories. There was lots of humor and heart in this story, and some interesting characters that added laughter and drama, like Margot's wild actress client,Bianca, and Sunshine's sweet charge, Connor. All around, just a great story with a satisfying conclusion.
Holly1219 2 days ago
I’ve yet to be disappointed in any of Susan Mallery’s books and this is no exception. This a perfect summer read book. Sunshine and Margot are fraternal twins who have a tough time with love. They are complete opposites but they are always there for each other. Sunshine is amazing with kids and she finds happiness when she becomes a nanny to Connor, the son of her widowed employer. Margot is an etiquette coach trying to help an aging actress, Bianca, fit into a political world. Bianca lives with her son Alec who is a scholar and has little interaction with anyone including his mother. But for some reason Margot intrigues him. Both Margot and Sunshine face the trials and tribulations working for their employees but in the end but find true happiness.
TMccary-Alabama 2 days ago
Margot and Sunshine are twins and nothing alike but are extremely close and both feel like they have the family curse of finding true love. It is fun traveling with them down the road to finding their true love. Bianca had me laughing several times with her antics. Loved it!
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KIJERO 3 days ago
The Baxter sisters are the fourth generation cursed with bad romantic relationships. Determination and the new men in their lives will hopefully change that. What happens to those relationships when the two sister's pasts come back to intrude in their lives? Will the men who're perfect for each sister be able to help to overcome their fear of former relationships so can this be The Summer of Sunshine and Margot? Margot loves her job helping people learn etiquette. She's going to be living in a castle owned by Bianca's son Alec for the summer while she gets the actress ready for her life with her diplomat fiance'. She's just broken up with her boyfriend who she's been seeing off and on since college. She's followed him around the world, to the determent of her own college and professional careers. As she gets to know Bianca and Alec she tries to figure out why Bianca acts out in some public situations. Alec has closed himself off after the break up with his fiance'. Because of the way he grew up he's all about wanting to control his life and environment. Unfortunately, Margot seems to be somewhat of a distraction. As they start spending time together their attraction grows and they reveal their lives to each other. They grow closer and Alec begins to think of nothing but Margot and gets involved with helping his mother's lessons with Margot. A disaster of a dinner party reveals that Margot and Bianca have work to do. Margot's stay gets extended after another disaster at the political event. Alec and Margot start a physical relationship and their feelings get deeper and stronger. When Margot receives an unexpected guest that won't go away. It's up to Alec to get rid of them. When he does it makes him realize that his orderly and controlled live isn't any more and he breaks off the relationship with Margot. She's devastated and goes back to her apartment. Sunshine loves her job and is determined to change her life. As a live-in nanny she has the flexibility of schedule, that she's going to college for the first time. She adores her charge, 8-year old Connor. Trying to break the Baxter curse she's trying to stop love at first sight and leaving at no notice to her employers like she did in the past. Declan is her boss and a widower. He finds himself attracted to Sunshine, but knows its inappropriate to act on it. Since, she's such a great nanny he doesn't want to loose her and wants to respect her changing her life. As they get to know each other the attraction gets stronger. Sunshine even sets Declan up on a date with the mom of a friend of his son. He has sex with the woman but it doesn't help because of how he feels about Sunshine. Meanwhile, Sunshine is struggling to get through her math class and goes for help. She's begun to have feelings for Declan but doesn't want to go back to her old ways. She tries dating a couple of times only to realize that the men are jerks. An injury brings Sunshine and Declan closer together. When Declan goes on a business trip and begins calling to talk to Sunshine it leads to a memorable night for them having phone sex. The Summer of Sunshine and Margot show that the past can be changed when you find the right man and you want that change to happen. Susan Mallery's story of love and change keeps two sisters guessing on whether their pasts can be overcome and give you the love of your life. An emotional and desire packed story that has you rooting for the sisters to overcome their pasts.
Little_Jols 3 days ago
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot has great characters, a serious Margot, child loving Sunshine, slightly secretive Alec, closed off Declan, crazy make you look Bianca; all whose lives will change with their interactions with each other. Margot and Sunshine are great sisters that don't always get along, but are there for each other in their quest for changing what they thing is a relationship curse. They learn a lot about them selves and what they can do. I really love how it was written, it flowed so nicely between each POV of the characters and the situations that it feels as if the characters can walk out of the book. Susan Mallery has a way of writing that draws you in from the first page to the last.
ngubandgeek 3 days ago
This book revolves around twins Margot and Sunshine. This is part of Mallery’s women’s fiction, and I thought it was a great addition. I enjoyed the relationship between Margot and Sunshine and how they relied on each other through everything that happened during the story. Let’s start with Margot – she’s an etiquette coach and moves into this beautiful converted monastery to work with an actress who is working on her decorum before marrying an ambassador (she is a bit, let’s call it unconventional). She has always been a planner and the responsible twin so to speak. Enter Alex, the actress’ son who equates emotions/feelings with being out-of-control thanks to his mom’s example. As Margot continues working with Bianca (actress), she and Alex end up spending more time together…but there are consequences for that (no spoiling here). Sunshine, on the other hand, has always gone where the wind---or the guy---takes her. As we enter her world, she is focusing on herself and taking a break from men. She is a nanny to a little boy, Connor, who has lost his mother and she starts back to college. She is determined to do her job and ensure that she doesn’t up and leave in the middle of the night (as she had with prior positions). Complicating her resolve is Declan, Connor’s dad. She and Declan are attracted to each other, but determined not to give in to the attraction in light of Connor’s attachment to Sunshine. Great story of family and sisterhood. I love how I can always relate to the characters, whether it be as they suffer through a spin class (I felt the suffering) to navigating their respective professional worlds. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
jboger05 3 days ago
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot is a fabulous summer read. I was unable to put this book down. Susan Mallery does an impeccable job seamlessly weaving the story of the two sisters lives. Sunshine and Margot are as different as two sisters can be in both looks and personalities. And yet I fell in love with both characters. As Margot tries desperately to help her most challenging client, Bianca, while keeping her personal life from being derailed. Sunshine tries to grow up and start acting like a responsible adult by growing some roots. Both sisters triumph over their many challenges bringing them closer as they grow to love and respect themselves more. An inspiring and empowering read.
Anonymous 3 days ago
You will enjoy the trials and tribulations of the twins life changes. Another hard to put down book by Susan
Sheremy2627 3 days ago
A perfect summer read! Sunshine and Margot may be twins, but they have vastly different life experiences. Margot is a career woman who keep falling for the same bad for her guy. Margot is a relationship drifter who has followed many guys. Both women want to change their approach to relationships. This story follow the two sisters as they each embark on a new chapter. This story has everything you might expect from Susan Mallory: fun, witty characters; sweet, poignant moments; and even some steamy romance.
kaitlynspet 3 days ago
Susan Mallery's The Summer of Sunshine and Margot was a feel-good book. Two sisters find themselves wanting to change past relationship mistakes. Both begin new positions and find themselves dealing with a lot more than they bargained. I would definitely recommend.
mathteach78 4 days ago
Don’t miss Susan Mallery’s "The Summer of Sunshine and Margot" What do you get when you write a story about two fraternal twins who are nothing alike except they both have failed in the love department? If you are Susan Mallery, you have another wonderful novel! Sunshine and Margot are the twins. They have entirely different types of professions, yet both have encountered losers in their past love affairs and have vowed to change their lifestyles this time around. Margot gets hired to help an older movie star change her habits so she can marry a diplomat from another country. Sunshine has been hired to be a nanny for a wonderful little boy who loves ants. Both ladies’ lives take unexpected turns that leave you wanting more. Thank you Susan Mallery for another wonderful, well written book!
GratefulGrandma 4 days ago
Susan Mallery has written a delightful story in The Summer of Sunshine and Margot. She has written a story about starting over, romance, finding yourself, overcoming bad decisions and wrapped it all up with wonderful characters. Fraternal twins, Sunshine and Margot Baxter are very different but are both trying to make better choices and find happiness. Sunshine is a free spirit, who has had a hard time sticking with a job. She often leaves whatever she is doing to follow a man she thinks she is in love with. At present, she is working as a nanny and going back to school. Margot is very professional and works as an etiquette coach. She has wasted five years of her life with a guy that she has allowed back into her life over and over again. She is ready to move on from him and has committed to making better choices. I loved these two ladies. Circumstances in their past molded the girls into the women they have become, yet they hope they can be more. They think there is a curse on Baxter women to never find true love, this book proves that wrong. They have such an amazing relationship and both want the best for the other. They are best friends as well as sisters. I also loved the secondary characters in the story, from young Patrick to Margot's client Bianca and the two male interests, Declan and Alec, they were all wonderfully written and developed. They added some humor and lightness to the story. Overall, the characters are real and relatable. Their problems, issues and insecurities are also realistic. I loved the flow and pacing of the story. I listened to this one throughout the day finishing it before I went to bed for the night, wanting to find out how it would end. I listened to the audio book and was very impressed. It is no wonder as the narrator, Tanya Eby has narrated over 650 books. The voices she gave the characters allowed me to picture them as this story was performed. The slightly breathy Summer and the more sophisticated sounding Margot were perfect. The male voices were easily recognizable and even young Patrick had his own voice. A totally enjoyable experience for me. I will definitely watch for more books narrated by Tanya Eby. Thank-you Harlequin Audio for my copy of the audiobook upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
blonde_betty 4 days ago
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery is is a nice summer read – not too heavy but an engaging story with positive and supportive family relationships. The interaction between Sunshine and her charge Conner is heartwarming. The characters are warm and relatable. It did seem that both girls were inclined to fall for the men they were working for rather quickly. Recommended for light reading. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
sbart84 4 days ago
The perfect beach for this summer. Fraternal twins different on the outside but so much the same on the inside. Finding love for the Baxter's has always been disastrous but this summer Sunshine and Margot will finally find their HEA when least expected. Loved Sunshine, this summer she is going to be a nanny for a single dad and go back to college. She has had a hard time keeping a job in the past because she will follow her heart with a new love but this time she is not going to be tempted by single dad, Declan. Declan is looking for just a fun romp, where Sunshine wants to the forever finally. Loved how they came together. Loved Declan's son, Connor! Margot, has a new job as an etiquette couch to Bianca. Margot has her job cut out teaching Bianca while living in her home, which was once a monastery. Margot loves to explore, where she meets Bianca's son, Alec. Alec is very much a loner, but soon the chemistry between them is undeniable. Susan Mallery has written a wonderful book full of emotions, family drama and sisterly love. I highly recommend.
KristiL370 4 days ago
The thing that I like about a Susan Mallery book is that the characters are believable, emotional, and flawed. You aren't reading a book that has a happy rich girl that meets a happy rich boy and they live happily ever after....ok, to be fair, most of hers have happily ever after, but only after you find out what made them who they are. The Summer of Sunshine and Margot was no different. All of the main characters had issues from their past and weren't perfect, but they are perfectly interesting and wonderful to read about. Even Bianca pulled you in and made you want to cheer her on. My only wish is that we had a little more of Bianca and Wesley! Such a great book for a gloomy, rainy summer day or a sunny day lounging on the beach - well worth the read!
Alaskangal 4 days ago
Susan Mallery always brings her wonderful characters to Life. Highly recommend you read while at the beach or on your deck with a glass of tea! Enjoy.
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MalkaShayna 4 days ago
I can't recall a single Susan Mallory book that I have not enjoyed reading, and this one is no exception. Plus it is a stand alone, so the reader doesn't have to struggle to remember the characters from previous books. However, there is a pattern found in many of the books: the Hero, though sometimes the heroine, does not believe in love or fears it because of a traumatic past experience. The couple begin an affair(?), going in knowing that it can not lead to anything. However, eventually one will blurt out that she (he) loves the other and the other runs off in panic. Both are miserable apart, until a friend figuratively slaps the idiot on the side of his head and he realizes that he is in love and this is the real deal and has some groveling to do before HEA. This book is about fraternal twins, Margot and Summer Baxter, who believe there is a Baxter curse against love. Their mother had abandoned them, and her mother had done the same. They were raised by their great grandmother, who was a beauty queen coach. both have made bad choices in their lives becasue of men. Sunshine did not know what she wanted to do with her life, but loving children she became a nanny. However, searching for love and belonging, she would take off with a man, who would eventually abandon her. Margot, did the college route, but then got involve with Dietrich , who would string her along and then leave. Both women have decided this summer that they are going to change and make better choices. Summer is working for a widower, Declan and his son, Conner , who she adores, but she is also going to college and has vowed not to be "that girl" anymore. Margot has become an etiquette coach, and her current client is Bianca, an infamous actress and personality, who is engaged to a diplomat and wants to learn how to curb her sometimes over the top behavior. She is currently staying with her son, Alec, a scholar, who lives in a magnificent former remodeled monastery, which he had inherited. He is also terrified of becoming his mother, so has locked himself away from any emotional entanglements. Both Alec and Declan have been betrayed by women they believed loved them. But as they are thrown together in the same houses, both Declan and Summer and Margot and Alec will become friends, followed by admiration and love. Is anyone brave enough to communicate their real feelings? Spoiler: Bianca is the one who knocks some sense into her son.