The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery – #TLCBookTours Review

Posted 18 June, 2019 by Heather in Blog, Blog Tour, Book Review, Heather, Heather Book Review / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from the TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery – #TLCBookTours ReviewThe Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery
Published by HQN Books on June 11, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Family, Family Drama, Humor, Love & Romance, Romance, Siblings
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: TLC Book Tours
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4.5 Stars

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!


The more one-off novels by Susan Mallery that I read, the more I fall in love with her writing. I’m definitely enjoying each one without having to become invested in a lengthy series.  Her latest stand alone novel, The Summer of Sunshine and Margot, features 31-year-old fraternal twins Margot and Sunshine, whose bad luck in love has haunted them for all of the dating years. They’ve both sworn off relationships for very different reasons this summer, but both with similar goals: to focus on their careers and better themselves without a man complicating things. The twins are polar opposites in both looks and personalities, but they are thick as thieves since their mother abandoned them when they were young girls, leaving them to be raised by their beauty pageant trainer great-grandmother.

Margot seemingly has everything together on the outside. She’s a professional etiquette coach, and her usual clients are business professionals who need to learn about other cultures and countries where they will be living or doing business. But her latest client is a scandalous older actress who is engaged to a foreign diplomat, and Margot definitely has her work cut out for her as she tries to teach the rebellious Bianca how to act, look, and think to fit into the diplomatic scene. She certainly didn’t expect to live in a remodeled monastery with Bianca and her handsome, smart, and reclusive scholar son Alec. With Bianca proving to be the most difficult client Margot has ever tackled, Alec is an even tougher nut to crack as their attraction grows from afar. Can Alec and Margot let each other in enough for a relationship to bloom?

Sunshine is a bit all over the place compared to her sister. While Margot had one man that flitted in and out of her life, Sunshine would drop everything to be with a guy that showed interest, only to be left with nothing when the relationship quickly fizzled out. It turns out your clients aren’t very appreciate of your disappearing acts when you are a nanny, but recent widower Declan takes a chance on Sunshine when his other picks don’t click with his son. And Sunshine is great with Connor, and Declan is nothing but supportive about Sunshine going back to college while nannying his son. All Sunshine has ever really wanted was a family of her own, and when the little unit she’s formed with Connor and Declan starts to get a bit comfortable, she starts to panic. Could she possibly have it all with Declan and Connor, but how could she when she’s just the nanny and Declan is the boss?



I give The Summer of Sunshine and Margot a 4.5 out of 5.  The relationship between Margot and Sunshine was a big part of the book, and I really enjoyed when they were together. They bantered and held nothing back from each other, as sisters who have no other family to depend on should. The cast of characters is pretty intimate in this book, and I loved how tight-knit and sometimes claustrophobic the relationships felt. Susan Mallery’s writing always pulls me in and makes me feel like I’m reading about friends, and I’m invested in the story pretty early on for each relatable character. This is a great, fun, summer read for romance lovers of all ages.



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About Susan Mallery

#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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Excerpt tour:

Tuesday, May 28th: Sincerely Karen Jo

Wednesday, May 29th: Palmer’s Page Turners

Wednesday, May 29th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Thursday, May 30th: Jathan & Heather

Friday, May 31st: Books and Spoons

Saturday, June 1st: The Lit Bitch

Monday, June 3rd: Audio Killed the Bookmark

Tuesday, June 4th: Bewitched Bookworms

Wednesday, June 5th: Reading Reality

Thursday, June 6th: Romantic Reads and Such

Friday, June 7th: Broken Teepee

Monday, June 10th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy


Instagram tour:

Monday, June 10th: @diaryofaclosetreader

Tuesday, June 11th: @booksandjil

Tuesday, June 11th: @_ebl_inc_

Wednesday, June 12th: @girlandherbooks

Thursday, June 13th: @thebooksellersdaughter

Friday, June 14th: @nerdybooknurse

Friday, June 14th: @radbabesread

Saturday, June 15th: @thesaggingbookshelf

Sunday, June 16th: @ohthebooksshewillread

Monday, June 17th: @pnwbookworm


Review tour:

Monday, June 10th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy

Tuesday, June 11th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Reads

Wednesday, June 12th: Palmer’s Page Turners

Thursday, June 13th: Reading Reality

Monday, June 17th: Pacific Northwest Bookworm

Tuesday, June 18th: Bewitched Bookworms

Wednesday, June 19th: Booked on a Feeling

Thursday, June 20th: Seaside Book Nook

Friday, June 21st: Jathan & Heather

Monday, June 24th: Run Wright

Tuesday, June 25th: @libraryinprogress

Wednesday, June 26th: What is That Book About

Thursday, June 27th: Audio Killed the Bookmark and @beritaudiokilledthebookmark

Friday, June 28th: Novel Gossip and @novelgossip

Monday, July 1st: Amy’s Book-et List

Tuesday, July 2nd: A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, July 3rd: Books & Bindings

Wednesday, July 3rd: Kahakai Kitchen

Friday, July 5th: @booktimistic

Monday, July 8th: Bibliotica

Tuesday, July 9th: Romantic Reads and Such

Wednesday, July 10th: Sincerely Karen Jo

Wednesday, July 10th: Broken Teepee

Thursday, July 11th: Why Girls are Weird

Friday, July 12th: View from the Birdhouse

Monday, July 15th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Tuesday, July 16th: Treestand Book Reviews

Wednesday, July 17th: Book Fidelity

Friday, July 19th: Not in Jersey


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One Response to “The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery – #TLCBookTours Review”

  1. I completely agree, every time I read a book by Susan Mallery I feel like I’m reading about people I know. I always look forward to her newest for my summer reading. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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