The Summer Getaway By Susan Mallery
Book/Novel Author: Susan Mallery
Book/Novel Title: The Summer Getaway
AN INSTANT BESTSELLER!”The perfect escape for readers wanting to get away.”—Booklist “The Summer Getaway is a reflective and moving tale of family ties.”—New York Journal of BooksOne 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.
I enjoyed this story and the growth of each of the characters, even if I wanted to shake each of them at various points throughout! Still, there was so much love and growth throughout the book, it was just lovely!
A perfectly delightful book. Had me smiling from the first chapter to the last. Made me think of my three daughters, all of them married to wonderful husbands. I would recommend this book to my granddaughter who is 21. I think she could learn some valuable lessons on love and forgetfulness . The love of family old and young. I would recommend this one to my sister who shares all your books with me. I know she has already read it and loved it as much as me.. Keep writing great books. I will be reading them all.
Really enjoyed this book. It had everything I like in a read: drama, romance and humor. Love the characters of Robyn and Mason from the start. They were strong, caring and interesting. The character of Lillian was very heartwarming. Cried at her passing. Hope to one day have a romantic story with Harlow and Austin and Enid too. Recommended read
Susan Mallery’s “The Summer Getaway” was addictive reading for me. Once I started, I did not want to do anything else and stayed up until 3 a.m. to finish. On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it 4 stars, subtracting one star only because there were grammar, punctuation, and word usage errors which should have been caught by an editor, if not by the author as she reread her own words. Also, some of the story lines were simply not plausible. Still, it was a really fun, heartwarming, moving story about starting over, being open to new experiences, and to reaching for a life you might not have imagined for yourself. Each family has its own dynamic, including fictional families, In this novel, Robyn is divorced from Cord, a perpetual cheater. They married and had a baby when they were too young. At the start of the story, their marriage has been over for four years, and Robyn is dating Jace, a man her son senses is not right for her. Austin is 18, has just graduated from high school, which means his mother can now sell their large home and try to get her finances in shape, since she will not be getting support much longer. Daughter, Harlow, 22, is engaged to Kip, though Robyn thinks her daughter is rushing into marriage and needs to mature before making that kind of commitment. Harlow is having a hissy fit about the sale of the house, as she always dreamed of getting married in the backyard of their home. Harlow works with her father, and believes he will fund a new company she can run on her own, a dream she has had for years. Cord is not a very attentive father, is not likable, and is now dating an inappropriate young woman, (inappropriate for several reasons, the least of which is that she is only a few years older than Harlow). When Robyn’s great Aunt Lillian invites her to leave her home in Naples, Florida and head to Santa Barbara, Ca. for a visit, Robyn decides to take her up on the invitation. Robyn spent a lot of time with Lillian and Lillian’s late husband, Leo, over her lifetime, and always loved their humongous, meandering, unusual home. When she arrives, she finds a stranger there with her aunt and learns that this man, Mason, will inherit the house, someday, when 94 year old Lillian dies. Robyn will inherit all the things inside the house, including 15 cats. Her dream is to own her own antique shop, and the furniture and household goods in that house will be the best start to that business. Mason seems kind, caring, and is definitely attractive. They develop a relationship nothing like Robyn had with Cord or Jace. He has baggage, as well, and has trouble believing someone like Robyn would want to be with him, longterm. They both love Lillian and start to build a sweet routine together in the home that will, someday, have to be sold to the historical society. Suddenly, though, other people from Robyn’s life descend on the home, one by one, and change the dynamic. The children are quite taken with Mason. Harlow has alienated her mother, but needs her when her own life is turned upside down. It’s a very fun read when all sorts of people show up, needing one another. I found myself rooting for a happy ending for everyone (except Cord). There was nothing sympathetic about his character. There is something endearing about Susan Mallery’s style of writing. She has a good understanding of what makes people tick, what constitutes an honest and healthy relationship, and what mistakes so many of us make along the way. The book is filled with romance, emotional angst, and has a satisfying ending.
I was delighted to see a family nearly as crazy as mine portrayed in The Summer Getaway. It was interesting, touching, funny, and full of surprises.
Susan Mallory brings us engaging characters, beautiful descriptions that transport us from Florida to California and a good story line. Highly recommend!