The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Susan Mallery always writes an interesting, engaging story, and "The Summer of Sunshine and Margot" was no exception.
First, I really liked the relationship between the book's main characters, sisters Sunshine and Margot. They were completely different both physically and emotionally, yet still supported each other through thick and thin without trying to change each other. Further, there seemed to be minimal jealousy between them in spite of Sunshine's effortlessness with men and Margot's career success. It was lovely to see such a positive example of a female relationship depicted on the page.
Bianca, Alec's mother and Margot's celebrity client, was also a really interesting character. She came across as flighty at first, but there was a lot more depth and sweetness to her than was immediately apparent. Bianca's flamboyant personality made a nice contrast to Margot and Alec's seemingly conservative natures, and ultimately I think she helped them grow closer in spite of their efforts to resist her matchmaking.
I enjoyed the progression of both of the primary romantic relationships as well. Alec and Margot were a really good match because they helped each other come out of their shells. Sunshine and Declan also seemed like a good match. Sunshine finally found someone who saw her for the special person she was inside, not just for her sexy exterior, and Declan found a loving woman who wouldn't take him or his son for granted as his late wife seemed to do. It was great to watch Sunshine slowly gain confidence through her studies and her burgeoning relationship with Declan and his son.
Overall, I really liked this book and look forward to Ms. Mallery's next publication.
*ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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