Season of the Dragonflies

Season of the Dragonflies

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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As beguiling as the novels of Alice Hoffman, Adriana Trigiani, Aimee Bender, and Sarah Addison Allen, Season of the Dragonflies is a story of flowers, sisters, practical magic, old secrets, and new love, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique and mysterious ingredients. Their perfumery, hidden in the quiet rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, creates one special elixir that secretly sells for millions of dollars to the world's most powerful'movie stars, politicians, artists, and CEOs. The Lenore's signature perfume is actually the key to their success. Willow, the coolly elegant Lenore family matriarch, is the brains behind the company. Her gorgeous, golden-haired daughter Mya is its heart. Like her foremothers, she can "read" scents and envision their power. Willow's younger daughter, dark-haired, soulful Lucia, claims no magical touch, nor does she want any part of the family business. She left the mountains years ago to make her own way. But trouble is brewing. Willow is experiencing strange spells of forgetfulness. Mya is plotting a coup. A client is threatening blackmail. And most ominously, the unique flowers used in their perfume are dying. Whoever can save the company will inherit it. Though Mya is the obvious choice, Lucia has begun showing signs of her own special abilities. And her return to the mountains'heralded by a swarm of blue dragonflies'may be the answer they all need.
Publisher: New York : Morrow, 2014
ISBN: 9780062307576
0062307576
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jun 14, 2017

Very enjoyable romantic magic realism story.

Michael Colford Nov 14, 2014

An intriguing premise, combining women's fiction and magical realism about the third generation of a matriarchal family who has built a secret empire with their mystical fragrance that has been used to build a series of famous and talented women to the pinnacle's of their career. Willow is ready for retirement, but her daughter Mya, who has been by her side all her life, just isn't emerging as the right daughter to take over the business. The problem is her other daughter Lucia, ran off to New York to get married and pursue a career in acting years ago, wanting nothing to do with the business.

Now Lucia has returned, divorced, a failure as an actor, and still wanting nothing to do with the family business, but when she begins to see bits of the family legacy emerge within herself, Lucia is starting to think differently. The only trouble is her first indication of that power is in a vision of doom for her sister Mya.

Parts of Season of the Dragonflies are compelling and fun to read, but too often, Sarah Creech slips into a true romance-style, where all the men are impossibly perfect, and a good man and a baby are the ultimate in fulfillment. Romance readers may find a lot more to like about this novel, but sadly, not me.

ChristchurchLib Sep 22, 2014

"Generations ago, the Lenore women learned that they could influence the flowers that grew on their Blue Ridge Mountain property. Now, their perfume company, which depends on those flowers, is in trouble. The current owner's younger daughter has returned after a long absence, sharing troubling visions (also part of the Lenore skillset), upsetting the status quo, and threatening her older sister's career hopes. Just as worrisome, a client has threatened to expose their secret ability, and the flowers that sustain the company seem to be dying. Complex family relationships (especially between sisters), a hint of romance, and a little magic in the garden will entice fans of Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells." Fiction A to Z September 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/2dbae5ef-cde5-4f93-a2f5-cfacfb2ad783?postId=71b0a692-441d-4c8e-a48f-1fd8a76ad5ce

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