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  • Robyn is on an excellent adventure.

    Robyn is on an excellent adventure. Some of it is good and some of it is bad. She is fighting with her daughter, Harlow, and her son, Austin, can't seem to decide what to do with the rest of his life. Both of the kids work for her ex. When it is all too much, Robyn heads to Santa Barbara to see her great aunt and get away from everyone. She needs to decide what to do with her life. The problem is everyone follows her to California. When she meets Mason, he steadies her in a way no one else can. When her beloved great aunt dies, everything changes again. Will she stay in California? Will she be able to love and trust again? Will Harlow get married, and will Austin get his life together?

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  • Really Good

    Susan Mallery has done it again. This is a really good book. Robyn is a divorced mom of 2, Harlow 22 and Austin 18, and she is realizing she needs to make some changes. She heads to visit her great-aunt Lillian in California. I LOVED Lillian. She is a person I would have loved to have been related too. I really liked Austin from the start, Harlow, not so much. I agree that we all should have a Mason in our lives. I really enjoyed this and am thankful to the author, Susan Mallery, for an advanced copy to read. My opinions are my own. Read this, you will be glad you did

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  • Another great read.

    Another excellent read from Susan Mallery. This story centers on family issues, young adult children, separated parents and growing pains of “adulting” for all involved. Robyn, the main character, is a bit of a paragon of virtue and a good portion of this book involve droves of tears. The book is a good one and a fast read. Grab this or add it to your TBR list so you don’t miss it.

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  • "You're my fantasy and my hero."

    We all need a summer getaway to relax, refuel and reflect on what we want out of life. As children, we couldn’t wait to hit the road for the yearly trip to the beach where memories were made that would last forever. The ocean calls to each of us with its peacefulness, the hypnotizing sound of the waves and with the blue sky on the horizon. Robyn Caldwell certainly needed a change of scenery and beautiful Santa Barbara, California was just the place. She could be herself, visit with her beloved Aunt Lillian and reminisce about how special the house was to her. Robyn felt at peace the minute she walked through the door and was excited about leaving her problems in the rear view mirror while looking ahead to her future. Aunt Lillian’s house was a magnet for Robyn’s troubled family and friends and I think that Robyn was the catalyst that brought everyone together. Her kindness and willingness to listen are two of her best qualities. Robyn wasn’t sure how she felt about Mason but she did admire his honesty and his devotion to her Aunt. He too, was seeking refuge in the glorious house with the numerous cats, secret doors and magical views of the ocean. It was a safe haven for both of them while they decided which path to take in life. This book was a joy to read and I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading. I was excited for the characters as they traveled across the country in search of answers to the meaning of life. It was impossible to stop reading because everyone had something to say and by the end of the book, it was satisfying to see them happy and content as they found what they were looking for.

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  • Excellent, well crafted, satisfying story

    The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery Excellent, well crafted, satisfying, feel good story that drew me in and left me with a smile on my face as I read the last page. What I liked: * Robyn: divorced, empty nester soon, untethered, facing a fork in the road, has much to contemplate, wise, about to come into her own * Mason: retired after twenty-fiver years in the army, commanding, calm, wise, solid, capable, trustworthy, deep, admirable * Lillian: ninety-four, wealthy, lives in an intriguing home, has lived an interesting life, major force in Robyn’s life, important to many in this story * Austin: high school graduate, Robyn’s son, thinks deeply, plans before acting, smarter than most his age, engaging, loving son and brother, has a plan for his life * Harlow: college graduate, Robyn’s daughter, cancer survivor, learns and grows/matures a great deal through the story * The writing, pace, setting and character development * The house…it is a character all on its own * The strong sibling relationship between Austin and Harlow * The way more than one character in this story grew in one way or another * The development of the relationship between Robyn and Mason * The cats…I love cats but wonder how anyone could have fifteen of them! * That it seemed real and believable – and feeling I was there with the characters as they experienced what they did * The way so many people were drawn to Santa Barbara…and their reasons for ending up there * Wondering about how Harlow and Austin will end up in the future * The way all of the parts of the story were woven together and no threads left dangling at the end * All of it really except… What I didn’t like: * There were a couple characters it was easy to dislike for their selfishness, manipulative personalities, or other less than stellar traits…they were not wicked or evil but did create trouble for others. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more by this author? Definitely Thank you to NetGalley and HQN for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

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