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Summer Breeze

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  2,278 ratings  ·  352 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer never fails to imbue her novels with warmth and wisdom. In Summer Breeze, the author of Beachcombers and Heat Wave tells the wonderfully moving story of three women who forge a unique bond one sun-drenched summer on New England’s Dragonfly Lake.

Morgan O’Keefe feels trapped in a gilded cage. True, the thirty-year-old mother a...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jessica
I keep trying to read nancy Thayer, mostly because I live where most of her stories are set. I need to stop trying because, well, at 44, I am easily a decade too young for her style of writing. She writes middle aged fiction, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. BUT, my big issue with her is that she writes middle aged fiction with young characters who speak and act like middle aged women. No young person says "gosh." And yet, her characters say "gosh" every five minutes. This book a...more
Cara
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Tonya
Looking for an entertaining, grabbing beach read? Keep looking. This one won't be it.

Nancy Thayer has many other books, such as Beachcombers, Summer House, any of them really. This one missed the mark, greatly.

I felt a total disconnect immediately. Such a rush cast of characters at the beginning, with absolutely NO depth whatsoever. When the 3 become friends so quickly after one evening of drinks, I said what. What is that! The conversations are terrible. I detested every character. I can't tell...more
Dana
I didn't dislike "Summer Breeze" as much as many other reviewers did, but it was not up to par for Nancy Thayer. Thayer has been around a very long time. I was reading her richly woven novels in the early 1980's, and some had been written long before then. She seems to be "dumbing herself down" of late. Perhaps she is trying to appeal to a different audience, one that is looking for a quick read, a good story, without any literary worth. Having said that, I enjoyed the STORY in this book, about...more
Eileen
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Rebecca
Oh please. I guess I'm just not used to this genre, mainly because I tend to stay away from it, and reading this one just makes me want to say why did I bother in the first place? Like shooting myself in the foot. I'm sorry, I just don't enjoy books where everyone is ravishing, everyone's body is perfection, their deep blue eyes this and their shiny perfect hair that, and every droplet of water from an oar is like a gemstone glistening in the ...... gag me.
Call me a realist? Maybe? But life just...more
Kristen Pooler


I'm a big Nancy Thayer fan and was anxiously awaiting her latest novel. I'm sorry to say I was disappointed with "Summer Breeze". I think part of the problem was that she tried to give a voice to too many characters, instead of focusing on them one at a time. I didn't buy the instant friendship the girls found and the instant romances. I agree with another reviewer that it lacked excitement. I was also disappointed that the novel wasn't set in Nantucket as I've come to enjoy her descriptions of...more
Dandy
This was a First Reads Giveaway Win

At first I thought this was going to be your typical contemporary romance / summer read/ chic lit book. The deeper into the story I got the more I found in Summer Breeze that exceeded my expectations. While the book focuses on these three different women, all new friends at different points in their lives, we also read about the women who raised them. While you definitely get the feel that Natalie, Bella and Morgan are fast and lasting friends, I loved how real...more
Jillian
Is it hot where you are? The temperatures lately have been consistently in the 101-105 range and that made it a really good time for me to read Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer, a free book to review from Librarything. I was looking for an excellent summer beach read that would take my mind off of the impending heat and the inability of the air conditioner anywhere but Wal-Mart to keep up with the oppression of the sun. Seriously, where do they get their air conditioning? I need to get some of that...more
Debbie Maskus
This is probably classified as a beach read. The story reminds me of Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews. Both books are fluff, and contain detailed setting and characters. The title, Summer Breeze, is aptly chosen, as the three women in the story breeze through life without very little interruption. The outcome of the story ended uneventful with most of the women sacrificing for the man. This is a book that did not enlighten me on any topic, just a quickly read and forgotten beach read.
Kelley
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LORI CASWELL
Welcome to Summer at Dragonfly Lake.

Bella Barnaby has come home to help her mom out. She has broken her leg and needs Bella's help to run her little store Barnaby's Barn. While there she starts to imagine a different course for both the store and her life.

Natalie Reynolds has dreams of becoming a successful artist but can't succeed in New York working as a waitress and taking classes only when she has the money. She decides to take her aunt up on her offer to house sit at her lakeside home. More...more
Rachel
Summer Breeze is a satisfying summer/beach read. This was my first Nancy Thayer book and I welcomed the setting in Dragonfly Lake, just outside the Amherst area, since it is an area I lived in for five years. I loved that I knew first-hand many of the restaurants, shops, and of course, campuses, that were referenced in the story. The story is centered around three women who form a bond with one another over one summer. All three women seem to be lacking in confidence in at least one aspect of th...more
Beth Mills
Three women spending the summer on the shores of a New England lake meet at a barbecue and form a tentative friendship. Morgan, a young mother, is desperately missing her job as a scientist and trying to cope with her husband's all-consuming new job and the showplace home it requires them to keep up. Natalie has fled New York's hectic pace to house-sit for her aunt and use the time to try to finally establish herself as an artist. Bella isn't sure exactly what she should be doing, but she loves...more
Tracy
Enjoyable summer read about three women at crossroads in their lives. Bella is in love with Aaron but not sure she wants to live on the other side of the country, far from her family. Morgan's husband works long hours and Morgan misses work and they way she and her husband used to be before he took such a demanding job, she had a baby and gave up her job. Natalie is staying in her aunt's house on the lake, next door to Morgan and Bella; she is trying to make it as an artist. Their lives intertwi...more
Judy Collins
"Summer on Dragonfly Lake is ripe for romance, temptation, and self-discovery as the lives of these three women unexpectedly intertwine. Summer Breeze illustrates how the best of friends can offer comfort, infuriate, or even sometimes open one's eyes to the astonishing possibilities of life lived in a different way. I have read all Nancy's books; however this one as well as her last one Heat Wave were not my favorites. Appears her writing has changed as very slow and characters not exciting or e...more
Heather
Really, I want to give this book a 2.5 review but I rounded it up to three because I think part of my problem was the narrator (not so good).

I loved the first book I read by Nancy Thayer, but this one just didn't do too much for me. I didn't find the fact that the main characters became BFFs after just one meeting believeable at all. And I REALLY disliked Morgan most of the time.

It just wasn't quite what I wanted it to be.
Carrie
2.5 Stars

I was so looking forward to this book. Then I started reading and found out this book's a mess. It jumped all over the place. Scenes had no depth to them just skimming the top. So it left the characters plain and bland with no feelings. I came away shaking my head of why did I read this book.
Tanya Marie
I've always got my reading radar up this time of year for beach reads and this one was ok ... the characters were many and several were annoying; Bella, the main character, was interesting and I felt she wasn't given enough spark and detail but in the end she came out just fine. Pure fluff to read.
Season
I had problems getting into this book. I pretty much just skimmed to find out what happened. Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind of something.
Jeanne
This is the story of 3 women who are thrown together for the summer on Dragonfly Lake: Bella, Morgan and Natalie. The story does not support the great friendship the 3 supposedly share. Morgan and Bella both have a dalliance with Natalie's bad boy brother, Slade, though one is married and the other practically engaged, all with no consequences. Throughout the story, Natalie's mother is disparaged, yet when she appears at the end she has transformed into a beautiful, caring and charming woman. Th...more
Stephanie
Tried listening. Didn't finish. Not too worried about it.
Ann
What a total disappointment from an author I've enjoyed before. Thayer used the same adjectives over and over...I swear if I read "lush" one more time I would have gagged. So many little details that added nothing to the story as well. I really don't care who showered and who sat next to whom. I found myself rolling my eyes over all the biohazard info. I mean really...no one talks like these characters do. Especially about biohazard and chemical engineering. The plot was way too trite, the chara...more
Marla
An easy summer read.
Mary
Jan 30, 2014 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
In Summer Breeze: A Novel, Nancy Thayer tells the wonderfully moving story of three women who forge a unique bond of lasting friendship during one sun-drenched summer on New England's Dragonfly Lake. Morgan O'Keefe feels trapped in a gilded cage. True, the thirty-year-old mother had agreed to put her science career on hold in order to raise her young son while her husband pursued his high-powered job. But although Morgan loves many things about staying home with her child, she misses the thrill...more
Kaye

Due to her mother's broken leg, Bella, former Texas third grade teacher, comes home to Dragonfly Lake near Amhearst, MA. She hasn't yet found her passion in life yet, career- wise anyway, but now she is back she has found out how much she likes running her mother's shop; not the way it is now but the way it could be.

Aaron, Bella's soon-to-be fiancé gets an offer of his dream job in San Francisco so he wants Bella to go with him but she doesn't want to leave Dragonfly Lake although she insists s...more
Cassie
This is a First-Reads book. I won it in a give-away.

I was so excited when I one a Nancy Thayer book and started reading it immediately. The story is about 3 woman who become friends while staying/living at Dragonfly Lake. Morgan is a scientist who's having trouble adjusting to being a stay-at-home Mom while her husband is never around due to his new job. Bella is a teacher who has moved back home to help her parents run a family business, she doesn't want life to change but her boyfriend is thin...more
Laurel-Rain
Summers on Dragonfly Lake in rural Massachusetts are dreamy, lovely, and full of moments of connection between friends and family.

For Bella Barnaby, returning home from her job as a teacher to help her mother after a broken leg sidelined her from running her shop, Barnaby's Barn, something more may come out of the visit.

What Bella discovers around the lake and in running the shop is a true passion for design and collecting that could fuel a business of her own.

But her boyfriend Aaron might take...more
Patty
Summer Breeze
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Nancy Thayer

A summary...my way...

Families who live in the Berkshires around Dragon Fly Lake begin their summer by meeting for a cookout. There are old friends and new. There are three young women in particular who are sort of learning about themselves. They are the focus of this novel. They are Morgan, Natalie and Bella.

My thoughts...

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 surpri...more
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Nancy Thayer has a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Before settling down to write and have children she taught English at various colleges and traveled, living in Paris, Amsterdam and Helsinki. In 1981 she was a Fellow at the Breadloaf Writers Conference. She has lived on Nantucket Island year round for twenty-five years with her husband Charley W...more
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