Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Tour Review - - The Summer Getaway

The Summer Getaway
by Susan Mallery
Publisher: HQN
Release Date: March 15, 2022
Reviewed by PJ

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.

PJ's Thoughts:

I've been reading Susan Mallery for years. Her books never fail to make me think and make me feel. Among all those stories, this newest book ranks as one of my favorites. There was just something about these characters, Robyn and Lillian, in particular, that resonated with me. 

The Summer Getaway is a story of relationships and connections, of putting the past behind, rediscovering oneself, and exploring the potential in opening one's life to new chapters, regardless of age. Mallery explores familial relationships between Robyn and her adult children, between those same children and their father, and between Robyn and her great-aunt. She also explores the complex relationship between former spouses, as well as new relationships with romantic potential. The ups and downs of all these relationships are seamlessly interwoven into a human quilt fraught with tension, anger, curiosity, humor, sadness, understanding, growth, and love. Even the self-absorbed jerk of an ex grows and, believe me, that's no mean feat. 

I connected with Robyn almost immediately and by the end of the book was emotionally attached to the entire family. The characters became real to me, engaging me as if they were actual friends. I was invested in their success, and in their happiness, experiencing all of the highs and lows right along with them. The story flowed at a steady pace, keeping me involved and turning pages without interruption. Even the sadness near the end of the book, though it caused some tears, was handled with an air of hope. And the conclusion was happy smiles all around. 

This one comes with my enthusiastic recommendation. 


  1. I love her books - this one sounds vg.

  2. I love everything that Susan Mallery writes!!

  3. Great review! I'm adding it to my TBR ASAP.

  4. Thank you for the wonderful review. I am a fan of Ms Mallery. This does sound like a lovely story. I like books which show people who care for one another.

  5. I have this on hold at the library! I can't wait to read this book.

  6. Will be looking forward to this book! I have been a fan of Susan Mallery since I picked up my first Fools Gold book on a whim at Target years ago.

  7. Like you, I think I could relate very well to the characters in this book. I think we all reach a point at some time when we just want to run away and take a break from everything and everyone. I remember when my mother did it when I was in high school (6 kids and a husband who didn't appreciate her). I was in favor of it, she never got to do anything for herself. If nothing else, it made us appreciate that her much more. The first load of wash, mostly whites, that was turned a nice shade of dark pink showed us we weren't ready to be without her. (I made sure I taught all our children how to do laundry). I feel badly that she felt so guilty for joining her parents on a trip that week.
    I will be looking for this one.