The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery
HQN Books (March 15, 2022)
Single mom Robyn Caldwell needs a new plan for her future. She has always put her family first. Now, with her kids grown, she yearns for a change. But what can she do when her daughter has become the most demanding bride ever, her son won’t even consider college, her best friend is on the brink of marital disaster and her ex is making a monumentally bad decision that could ruin everything?
Take a vacation, of course. Press reset. When her great-aunt Lillian invites her to Santa Barbara for the summer, Robyn hops on the first plane to sunny California.
But it’s hard to get away when you’re the heart of the family. One by one, everyone she loves follows her across the country. Somehow, their baggage doesn’t feel as heavy in the sun-drenched, mishmash mansion. The more time Robyn spends with free-spirited Lillian, the more possibilities she sees—for dreams, love, family. She can have everything she ever wanted, if only she can muster the courage to take a chance on herself.
The Summer Getaway deals with healing, family, and love. Robyn, who is the center of her family, realizes that she had given up so much of herself in her marriage. Now divorced, she had no plan, no income, and she saw her life as a mess. She needed a break and heads to her great aunts in California. There she finds herself and a new love. ALL her family and friends end up at the house. It’s a story full of family drama. The characters were varied, and each held their own. I loved that everyone in the story pretty much experiences self-discovery. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves women’s fiction.
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books (February 28, 2022)
ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.