The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery @harlequinbooks #bookreview #fiction

The Summer Getaway : A Novel 

Susan Mallery

On Sale Date: March 15, 2022



$27.99 USD, $34.99 CAD

416 pages


Already a worldwide success in mass market and trade paperback formats, Susan Mallery’s newest hardcover is an emotional, witty, and heartfelt story about a woman who takes a trip to California to figure out her life and get a break from her family…only to be reminded that life–and your children–follow you wherever you go. With a powerful mother/daughter relationship at its core, fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Susan Wiggs, Mary Alice Monroe, and Nancy Thayer will love this book.

Robyn Caldwell’s family is driving her crazy. There’s Harlow, her daughter, who’s engaged to a man she’s only known a short time and is rapidly turning into bridezilla. And her son, Austin, who would rather work with his dad’s family charter boating business than go to college. Her friend, Mindy, who’s playing with fire by contemplating an affair with her tennis instructor. And let’s not forget her ex-husband whose bad behavior has just crossed the line yet again.

Robin needs some time to catch her breath and figure out what her next step should be. So when her beloved aunt Lillian asks her to come to Santa Barbara for an overdue visit, Robyn jumps at the chance. Her aunt Lillian is working on settling her affairs and a distant relative is staying with her that stands to inherit the house. Trouble is the last thing Robyn needs, but she refuses to let her aunt be taken advantage of.

While staying in her aunt’s beautiful, quirky mansion and spending time in the Santa Barbara sunshine with the woman who’s like a mother to her, Robyn will see herself—and the people she loves most—with a bit more clarity. And it will push her to take chances she hadn’t dreamed of before.

But life has a funny way of following you wherever you go. What began as an escape soon becomes an unforgettable adventure…and Robyn is ready to dive in, feet first.


Robyn has just about had enough of her family drama. So, she heads to her Aunt Lillian’s house in Santa Barbara to decide what to do with the rest of her life. But, it is not as simple as that. Everyone in the family drifts her way. First it’s her kids, then it’s her ex-husband, then her ex-boyfriend…and it goes on and on.

I loved Robyn…oh and Mason…you need to read this to find out about him! He is the best strong, silent type! Plus, Aunt Lillian’s house in Santa Barbara is a treasure trove and a unique place! I so want to find this house and explore.

This is such a refreshing and wonderful read. It has so many elements. It is about learning about yourself, growing up, managing life and making good and bad decisions and it’s about family! I am still thinking about these characters and their decisions. This is a story which will give you all the feels!

Need a great story to take you away…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.


SUSAN MALLERY is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship and romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations,” and readers seem to agree—forty million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.

Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She’s passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two Ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as Mom.


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2 Responses to The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery @harlequinbooks #bookreview #fiction

  1. Love the cover….great review and post.

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