Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: June 5th 2012 by Random House Publishing Group
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, career- wise anyway, yet 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 she loves Aaron. When Bella meets Slade, her new friend Natalie's brother, she is thrown for a loop. Why does her heart skip a beat? She does loves Aaron, doesn't she? Bella has some tough choices to make. Will they include Aaron or Slade?
Natalie, a young painter house-sitting for her aunt next to Bella's family home, has yet to find her niche in the art world. She does know painting is her heart's desire but she has yet to make a name for herself. When she meets Ben, Bella's scientist brother, she gets an inspiration and new direction for her art.
Morgan and Josh, the young couple in Dragonfly lake, become good friends with Bella, Natalie, Ben and Slade. Josh's new job is so time consuming that Morgan becomes lonely and distraught and the marriage starts to suffer. Although she loves their son and wants to raise him she is not prepared for how much she so misses her job in bio hazard safety. When she finds out Josh has been keeping a huge secret from her, she blows her lid but inspiration hits Morgan. She finally has a brilliant solution for everything but will Josh go for it if it means lowering their living standards?
Thayer always draws me into her world immediately and I get engrossed in her characters' lives. In Summer Breeze, it's a summer of new relationships and self-discovery, new found interests and loves. Well done all around, I really enjoyed it! 4****
Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Random House and LT in exchange for my honest opinion.