Monday, June 4, 2012

(79)Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer

Summer Breeze

Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Pages: 320



Summer is upon us once again.  And nothing says Summer like a Nancy Thayer novel.  This year’s novel, Summer Breeze, is set in a small New England town that borders a lake.  And of course beach front property is prime real estate. 

This year, Nancy Thayer introduces us to three women who are currently neighbors at the lake.  There is Bella, who left her teaching job to move home and help run her mother’s retail shop after an accident laid her up.  She has been staying with her parents while trying to decide what to do with her life.  Then there is Natalie, an artist from New York City who is staying in her Aunt’s house for  a year while her Aunt is off travelling.   And finally there is Morgan, the Stay-At-Home-Mom.  Morgan and her husband, Josh, have recently moved into this prime piece of real estate after he landed a presigious job with a wealthy chemical company.   As the friendship between the three women grow, they are all faced with challenging decisions to make about the future of their lives.  Does Bella decide to stay and start her own business, or does she follow her boyfriend to the other side of the country for his job?  Does Natalie let herself fall in love with Ben, her opposite in every way possible, and does Morgan make the tough decisions necessary to save her marriage, or is it too late? 

Summer Breeze is exactly the kind of book that I have come to expect from Nancy Thayer.  Her books have become synonymous with Summer for me.  They invoke images of lazy days at the beach, warm gentle breezes, and close knit communities where everyone looks out for each other.   Her novels are never going to challenge you way of thinking about life, but neither are they so fluffy that you come away feeling like you just had candy.  They are warm and inviting and transport you to another place, which exactly what I want my books to do!

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