Sunday, March 27, 2022

Review: Summer Getaway


About the Book

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?

My Comments

The women featured in most women's fiction/romance books tend to be young women, women the age of my daughter.  While Robyn is younger than I am, we are at about the same stage of life--our nest is emptying and we are having to say "now what?". Another thing we have in common is young adult children and trying to balance being there for them and making their problems ours.  Unfortunately, running away to Aunt Lillian's isn't an option for me.  

The strength of Susan Mallery's good books is her characters and that is true of this book.  Robyn's daughter goes from being the clueless rich girl to someone who wants to stand on her own two feet.  Her son shows the maturity that a lot of young people could use when he rejects his parents' paths for his life and goes for what he wants.  Even the ex-husband finally grows up (or so it seems).  

I read this one in one sitting so it definitely caught my attention.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a complimentary review copy via NetGalley. Grade:  B+

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