The Summer Getaway

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by Susan Mallery

Publication date: March 15, 2022
Publisher: HQN 
Hardcover: 416 Pages

Publisher Description

One woman takes the vacation of a lifetime in this poignant and heartwarming story about the threads that hold a family together from #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery.

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.

Quick Review

If you’re looking for a novel that will make you feel all the feels, The Summer Getaway is the perfect read. Susan Mallery is a master at creating characters that you can’t help but root for, and Robyn Caldwell is no exception.

The story centers on a single mother who takes a much-needed vacation to Santa Barbara and soon realizes that she’s been too busy taking care of everyone else that she’s neglected herself. With her loved ones by her side, Robyn finally finds the courage to take a chance on herself and discovers all the possibilities that life has to offer. 

The Summer Getaway is a poignant and uplifting story about family, dreams, and second chances you won’t want to miss.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harlequin Trade Publishing through NetGalley. The opinions in this review are completely my own.

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About the author

#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives―family, friendship, romance. She’s known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages. 

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“The Summer Getaway is a reflective and moving tale of family ties.”—New York Journal of Books

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“Mallery’s latest contemporary romance has the family dynamics, heartfelt introspection, and emotional truths that keep readers coming back. The perfect escape for readers wanting to get away.”—Booklist




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