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Summer Breeze

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,208 Ratings  ·  473 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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 14, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-list
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
Jan 22, 2013 Cara rated it liked it
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May 01, 2012 Tonya rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
Sep 15, 2012 Dana rated it liked it
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
Jun 25, 2013 Rebecca rated it did not like it
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
Jul 05, 2012 Eileen rated it did not like it
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Kristen Pooler
Jun 11, 2012 Kristen Pooler rated it it was ok

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
Jun 05, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, first-reads
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
Jul 02, 2012 Jillian rated it did not like it
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
May 30, 2012 Debbie Maskus rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 10, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
Awesome beach read! Different people all end up on DragonFly Lake for the summer. Morgan who agreed to quit working to raise her young son, Natalie who escaped from NYC, Bella & Aaron who are newly in love and Ben who is a scientist who doesn't have time for a normal life. All very different but what kept me reading was the anticipation of a possible tangled web. I had a feeling all these relationships would intertwine and cause drama so I was excited. Although a little unrealistic I still e ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Meredith rated it liked it
Easy summer read.
Aug 15, 2012 Kelley rated it did not like it
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Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
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
Aug 04, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
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
May 22, 2012 Beth Mills rated it really liked it
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
Jul 13, 2012 Tracy rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
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
Apr 13, 2016 Patty rated it it was ok
This was so, so dumb. At first I thought maybe I only like Nancy Thayer when I'm actively on a beach, but it turns out that this particular book is not entertaining.
Jenn Kaplan
May 30, 2015 Jenn Kaplan rated it did not like it
Well, this book started off good..... Then it was like pulling teeth for me to get through it. I so badly wanted it to get better; it just didn't.
Judy Collins
Jul 25, 2012 Judy Collins rated it it was ok
"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
Mar 08, 2014 Ann rated it did not like it
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 one talks like these characters do. Especially about biohazard and chemical engineering. The plot was way too trite, the chara ...more
Aug 15, 2014 Joan rated it liked it
Good, fun summer read:)
Oct 24, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing
Summer Breeze is by Nancy Thayer. It is an excellent book and one I could not put down. I had to find out what would happen to each of the characters. It is an easy read but full of surprises.
Bella Barnaby is content running Barnaby Barn for her Mother. Bella had been a third grade teacher and although a good teacher, teaching was not her passion. She had yet to find that. She had come home to help when her Mother had broken her leg. Now she had to decide what to do with the rest of her life. H
Aug 11, 2015 Lisa rated it it was ok
Light and trite.
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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.
Dana Duffy
May 09, 2016 Dana Duffy rated it it was ok
I was so excited to find a Nancy Thayer book I had not read. Unfortunately - it was not good. If I had to read one more thing about science, scientists, waste management, I would have screamed. Who walks around in everyday life spouting off about that stuff? I don't hang out with my friends and keep telling them how smart I am! Very disappointed. I don't know if I dislike the women or the men more.
Michelle Robinson
The beginning of this book was well written and interesting. It was also believable. However, it takes a turn about halfway through, it becomes too simplistic and undeniably unbelievable.

I love the beginning so much but I disliked and did not believe the ending in almost equal measure. I rolled my eyes and were disgusted with the forcing together of relationships that the author had not given me any reason to believe in. Ben and Natalie are the only things that sort of rang true. The rest just
Jul 02, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, own, reviewed
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.
Jun 04, 2013 Tanya rated it it was ok
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.
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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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