cover image The Summer of Sunshine and Margot

The Summer of Sunshine and Margot

Susan Mallery. HQN, $26.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-335-65997-2

Mallery (California Girls) combines heat and sweet in a delicious tale destined for beach blankets. Fraternal twins Margot and Sunshine Baxter couldn’t be closer, but they also couldn’t be more different. Reserved, by-the-book Margot is a dedicated and responsible etiquette coach, and her younger-by-eight-minutes, free-spirited, bombshell sister Sunshine is a nanny for an adorable and mature 8-year-old, Connor. Sunshine also has a history of abruptly abandoning jobs to travel with unworthy boyfriends. Neither expects to find true love on the job, but soon Margot falls for Alec, the only son of the aging movie star she’s tutoring, and Sunshine discovers incredible chemistry with Declan, the widowed father of her charge. As the sisters navigate the risks of mixing work with romance, Mallery skillfully weaves in tantalizing details from the sisters’ pasts—romantic hurts, the emotional devastation of being abandoned by their mother when they were children—to make the heart-tugging happily-ever-after all the sweeter. Mallery’s gift for creating relatable characters and lively pacing results in a satisfying tale that will win her even more fans. Agent: Annelise Robey, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (June)