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I was asked to review this book by NetGalley and received a free copy to read.  The review did not have to be positive, so all the opinions expressed in this post are my very own.

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.


I enjoyed reading The Summer Getaway. Other reviews I read talked about the "family drama" in the book, but for me, this is an honest account of what life looks like post-divorce. Robyn has an awakening when she realizes that she has to move from the family home after her youngest son graduates from high school. The drama in my opinion has more to do with a somewhat spoiled older daughter who feels that mom is trying to "ruin her life" when the house goes on the market, right before her dream wedding.

The book picks up speed and becomes very interesting when Robyn goes to visit an aunt in California. Here's where Robyn's character blooms, the aunt is a delight and she meets a man who is honest and kind.

The book is filled with humor, the characters are well developed, the plot is realistic. This is the plan for a good beach read, and this book hits all the marks. It's heartwarming and hopeful, something we all need more of during this crazy time.


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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Author website: https://www.susanmallery.com/


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Would you like to comment?

  1. This sounds like a very interesting read, I bet my daughter would really enjoy this book. She's an avid reader, I will have to share this topic with her.

  2. What a great book recommendation! Thanks for sharing this today, what a great author!

  3. It sounds like a great summer read! I'll have to add it to my list!

  4. This sounds like a great book to read. I always enjoy reading a book when I need a break from everything that is going on. I will be putting this on my book list.

  5. A perfect book for summer reading. I need to check this book out.

  6. This looks like a good read. I love that the plot is realistic. Thanks for the honest review!

  7. This sounds like a great book. It would be ideal to read over the summer when I go on holiday. I'd love a break away from the family too. That would be a relaxing break!

  8. Richelle Milar10:38 AM

    This looks like a really perfect and amazing book to read. Thanks for sharing this with us

  9. This sounds like a really good read. I like that it has a mother/daughter relationship at its core.

  10. This sounds like an awesome read. Just the kind of book i would love to enjoy.

  11. Anonymous7:25 AM

    I am glad she went to take care of her aunt. Sounds like a character I can rally behind. -Rosey

  12. I like that she went to take care of her aunt. Sounds like a character I can rally behind.

  13. Looks like another good book! Recently, I've been busy and can hardly read a book but will find time reading such good book as this.

  14. I like to think about summer, and the best way to be in that spirit is to read a book.


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