Summer Breeze: A Novel (Unabridged)
by Nancy Thayer
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New York Times best-selling 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 agreed to put her science career on hold to raise her young son while her husband pursued his high-powered job. But though Morgan loves many things about staying home with her child, she misses the thrill of working with her colleagues in the lab. She's restless and in dire need of a change. Fed up with New York City's hectic pace, Natalie Reynolds takes up her aunt's offer to move to the Berkshires and house-sit her fabulous lakeside house for a year. Passionate about applying brush to canvas, Natalie is poised to become the artist she has forever longed to be. But life on Dragonfly Lake is never without surprises, and for a novice swimmer like Natalie, the most welcome surprise proves to be the arms of a handsome neighbor pulling her up from the water for a gulp of air. When her mother breaks her leg, Bella Barnaby quits her job in Austin and returns home to help out her large, boisterous family. Among her new duties: manning the counter at the family business, Barnaby's Barn, an outdated shop sorely in need of a makeover. While attractive architect Aaron has designs on her, Bella harbors long held secret dreams of her own. 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. This captivating novel displays a prestigiously gifted writer at the height of her storytelli...
True Love Never Changes
“Breezes” is a short novel by Wafica Mansour AlDoueiri. This novel is a most definitely a love story, depicting the lifetime bond between a man and a woman. The novel is not, in any way, written in a traditional manner. It is written from both the man and woman’s perspectives as well as in a poetic format. The author also tells the love story through the characters thoughts, as they meet again in their old age. As they are meeting again, after being together many years ago, the two lovers are very nervous and scared of being rejected. The reader finds out that the two characters met in college and felt an immediate attraction to each other. As they begin dating, they fall head over heels in love. However, due to insecurities, rumors, and misguided information, they end up parting ways and marrying other people. However, the books ends, of course, with them reuniting in their old age and finally being able to tell one another how strong their feelings are.
I found many different themes throughout this novel. The most apparent one, in my opinion, is that true love never changes. There is a quote by Shakespeare that reads “Love is not love, that alters when it alteration finds.” This idea is evident in “Breezes” because, although the two characters go throughout their lives, completely without one another, the love they felt never goes away.
Another theme I found in the novel was fear. The two characters are constantly afraid of rejection from one another and both of them wait until years have passed to truly say everything that is in their hearts. This is why I believe that, although the author is optimistic about true love, they were also trying to convey that love is not enough to keep two people together. You must have communication, trust, and the correct timing. Although the two characters truly loved each other, they were kept apart for years because of their fear and lack of communication.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel, especially since it is about love and I am a total hopeless romantic. The format was a bit difficult to understand since the reader has to piece together the story through the thoughts of the two characters. However, I absolutely loved how you got both perspectives with this novel. My favorite young adult love series is entitled “The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han. That author does the same thing as it is written from the female perspective until the third book when you get to hear from the man and understand why he made every decision he did throughout the first two books. I absolutely love this method in love stories because there is never merely one side to a romantic conflict. I would definitely recommend this book and read it again, in order to fully piece together the ideas portrayed through the poetry.