The Summer Getaway - Susan Mallery

The Summer Getaway

By Susan Mallery

  • Release Date: 2022-03-15
  • Genre: Family
Score: 4.5
From 482 Ratings



"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 Books

One 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.
Don't miss The Happiness Plan, a new novel coming from #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery where three women experience hope, heartache, and the power of friendship as they search for true happiness! 



  • Cannot finish it

    By ReadingMomma4
    It has taken me weeks to get almost halfway. But I think I’m going to give up and accept the fact that I lost money on it. The story is repetitive. Not really moving forward. And it’s not at all romantic. Just trashy.
  • Starts a bit slow

    By wyomom2
    It was a bit predictable, and the characters were not very inviting In the beginning, but Mason kept me interested. Predictable but sweet ending, good for a light read.
  • Delightful

    By Cheryl33610
    I absolutely adored this book! Robyn was a delightful character and the calm in everyone else’s storm. She’s level headed and caring, although a bit self-sacrificing at times. Her relationship with her children is wonderful, even if they…okay, just Harlow…are not at times. I won’t comment on all the people in the book, but will say that Lillian was my favorite. She was spunky, kind and extremely honest. She reminded me of my grandmother, minus the cocktail hour! She was written in such a way that I felt her personality throughout the pages of the book. Not to leave out Mason, either. I loved the relationship between not only he and Robyn, but his fondness for Lillian, as well as Robyn’s childhood. He’s a good, solid man. That may sound a bit stiff and possibly boring, but I think it’s what every woman, or man, deserves. One last thing I wanted to mention. Lillian’s house. Ms. Mallory’s description brought it to life for me. I’ve always had a fascination with the Winchester house in San Jose, which is compared to Lillian’s sprawling, sometimes confusing mansion in the book. I’ve always wanted to visit it. And now, I feel like I have, just a bit.
  • Friends & Family

    By chell u
    Great read! This book has it all - family, friendships, and romance. Great motivating book to look at yourself and the chances and choices you take and make. Many twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. Couldn’t put it down and was sad when it was done.
  • Love the family dynamics and drama!

    By Tigressdana
    Susan Mallery is amazing at capturing how real families and their drama can affect lives. The dynamics feel so real. You can picture the hurt and love in the characters. I love that her books aren’t only about romance but family. Her characters learn and grow throughout the book. Great summer read! (And I love the cover!)
  • The Summer Getaway

    By MaryFowler
    In The Summer Getaway Susan Mallery again tells an emotional story of a family going through changes. Robyn travels across country to visit her aunt to decide what changes she wants to make. Everyone in her life follows her. The new man in her life helps Robyn decide the changes that are best for her. Her children also make life changing decisions
  • An enjoyable story

    By Rybecbensmom
    Every time I pick up a Susan Mallery book I know I’m going to be entertained for a few hours and The Summer Getaway is no exception. This book has an engaging storyline, likable characters, humor, and a lot of other emotions
  • Loved it!

    By DaneWeimMama
    The Summer Getaway was such a fun read. I loved Robyn, instead of focusing on issues in her life negatively she figured out a new plan to make herself happy. This book was also FUNNY! Plus it had a good dose of romance mixed in with family drama. Another winner by Susan Mallery I received this ARC free from the author. The review was voluntary. The opinions my own.
  • The Summer Getaway

    By Laurie Cox
    Such a great book, from the beginning to the end. I absolutely loved it.
  • Great Book!

    By CKA74!
    As always I love this book! A Susan Mallery book is always a favorite.