The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery, Tanya Ebby (Narrator)
Published June 11th 2019 by Harlequin Audio
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.
About the Book: 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!