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Summer Breeze: A Novel Paperback – June 4, 2013
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PRAISE FOR NANCY THAYER
“Nancy Thayer has a deep and masterly understanding of love and friendship, of where the two complement and where they collide.”—Elin Hilderbrand
“Vintage Nancy Thayer . . . Enjoy Heat Wave along with a cool drink . . . and plenty of sunblock.”—Huntington News
“A heartwarming novel that will take readers on an emotional roller coaster full of family connections, hysterical summer guests and the drama of everyday life.”—Nantucket Today
“A wonderful story set in the beautiful scenery of Nantucket . . . While there is a love story here, there’s so much more.”—Bookreporter
“Walk along the shore with [these] girls. . . . Beachcombers hits home for those of us women who have loved, lost and forgiven ourselves and others in the quest for love and serenity.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News
“Thayer’s sense of place is powerful, and her words are hung together the way my grandmother used to tat lace.”—Dorothea Benton Frank
“A charming and fun summer read . . . Readers will love this story of family and love.”—The Plain Dealer
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heat Wave, Beachcombers, Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, and The Hot Flash Club. She lives in Nantucket.
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Each woman is in a different phase of their life, but their issues are the same--finding love, a career, and a place of belonging. I found myself relating to each woman, but more so to Natalie, the struggling artist. Not in a million years do I believe life turns out as perfect as with these three, but the ending left me with that "ahhhh" feeling. I was also ready to pack my bags and move to Dragonfly Lake. I can promise you, I'd never leave if that happened.
My best guess is fans of Elizabeth Berg, Barbara Kingsolver, and Joyce Carol Oates would enjoy this book as well. I look forward to reading more books by Nancy Thayer.
I found this to be a light carefree summery book. I am used to this author's books taking place on Nantucket so the Berkshires were a pleasant surprise. Three reasonably young women live around a beautiful lake. Each one has sort of life changing decisions to make over the course of this summer. Morgan has issues with motherhood and leaving her career. Natalie has artistic issues. Bella is in love and unsure of where it will take her. There are men and boys with issues too and the author addresses each issue neatly and succinctly. I usually love this author's books because they are always lively and problematic but the problems always get neatly solved in a fun and tidy way. There is always just the right amount of everything in a Nancy Thayer novel. Marital tension, juicy bits, great food descriptions and lover's angst are all included in perfect proportions.
What I loved...
Life around a lake...sandy beaches...gatherings with friends and all of the characters...elusive Slade and lovely Louise and Natalie's mother with her precious bulldogs. Loved their life just outside of Boston and close to Amherst. Loved this setting...I love this part of the country. Loved the shops and colleges and antiques. I wanted to step out of my house and dash into Dragonfly Lake for a cooling swim.
What I didn't love...
The book seemed to lack a bit of excitement for me but I am so used to traditionally reading every Nancy Thayer book that I may just have been a teeny bit unenthusiastic about this one. I loved it while I still wanted more. I wasn't that fond of Morgan and it seemed a bit too easy for Bella to make the decision she made...you will see what I mean when you read the book!
Natalie Reynolds is tired of the endless struggle to make ends meet and continue her art studies in New York. When her Aunt Eleanor offers her lovely home on Dragonfly Lake in the Berkshires, Natalie jumps at the chance. For a year she'll have time to pursue her art without scrabbling at waitress jobs to stay afloat. She and her older brother Slade are close while not being close to their mother.
Next door to Eleanor Clark's home is the comfy lakeside home of the Barnabys. Louise and Dennis raised four children there. Beatrice is married, Brady is still in high school, but Ben, a professor at Amherst and Bella, a third grade teacher on sabbatical to look after her mother's business are either at home or close by. Bella loves Aaron, but she wants to stay close to her family and Aaron is being considered for an architectural position in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Bella has taken over Barnaby's Barn, an eclectic studio filled with knick knacks, dolls and handmade items. Bella would love to revamp the tired store and introduce some higher-end items and antiques.
Morgan and Josh O'Keefe also live nearby in a spectacular house in keeping with Josh's new position at Bio-Green. Morgan, now a stay-at-home mom to young Petey, is conflicted about being a full-time mom but missing her bio-hazard position at Weathersfield College. Josh spends long hours at Bio-Green which bothers Morgan who longs for the closeness they shared when they were poorer and living near Boston.
A get-together brings the thirty-somethings together, and friendships are formed, especially among Natalie, Bella and Morgan, but also including the elder barnabys, Ben, Josh, Aaron and Slade. Each has desires and conflicts, all realistically portrayed by author Thayer.
Slade discovers some valuable old English pieces at the shop and suggests that Bella ought to sell them and others which starts the wheels turning to make a success of the old shop. Even though Bella loves Aaron, she is attracted to Slade. Natalie discovers she has feelings for Ben but wonders if she has competition in Morgan.
Meanwhile, summer comes to Dragonfly Lake. A round of picnics and cookouts ensues, plans move forward for Bella's shop and her parents decide to spend a year traveling around the country. Through it all, Ms. Thayer manages to present the nuances and beauty of a small community while keeping the reader engaged with each of the protagonists.
I loved this story so much that I completed the book in one long sitting. A definite keeper for this reviewer.
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