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Season of the Dragonflies

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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 per
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by William Morrow (first published August 1st 2014)
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CJ It is easy to get into - it's very similar to Alice Hoffman's books; the story focuses on women and there's a touch of the supernatural and a strong…moreIt is easy to get into - it's very similar to Alice Hoffman's books; the story focuses on women and there's a touch of the supernatural and a strong connection with the natural world which is where the supernatural comes from.(less)

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Aug 19, 2014 Ann rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written book. The story is captivating. The only thing that stopped me was the constant reference to the mother, Willow, as being old. Gees, she was only sixty. This book is a must read for all those who love to mix magic with a good relationship story. Excellent book.
Alisha Marie
Season of the Dragonflies was one book that I had just expected to fall in love with. I love magical realism and I love Sarah Addison Allen's books (which this book was compared to), so I thought all of those elements would add up to something truly spectacular for me. But it wasn't. Not really.

My main issue with Season of the Dragonflies was that the characters all fell flat for me. I liked Lucia enough, found Willow to be meh, and didn't like Mya one little bit. More than that though, I realiz
May 01, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
If you took Patrick Suskind’s ‘Perfume’ and mixed it with Alice Hoffman’s, well, any of her books, you might come up with ‘Season of the Dragonflies’. In the 1920s, on a tropical island, Serena Lenore discovers a magical variety of gardenia, which not only smells divine but also amplifies a woman’s talents and gives her… something… that allows her to succeed beyond all others. Through the decades this perfume has been shared, secretly and profitably, with a very few women in all different trades ...more
This story starts with Serena who has been engaged to short Mr. Chase and has footsies under the table with Dr. Alexander at her engagement party before taking him into a closet to sex him up and convince him to take her with him to the jungles of Borneo so she can get away from her oppressive life.

I hated that beginning.

From there, it moves to Serena's descendants.

There's Willow who is all disappointed that her mother would be disappointed that Willow's daughters are not in relationships and no
Jun 09, 2014 Patty rated it it was amazing
Season of the Dragonflies: A Novel
Sarah Creech

What I knew about this book before I read it...

My perusal of this book led me to believe that it was about a family...dominated by women...who invented and manufactured a delightful perfume. I also anticipated a little touch of magic!

My thoughts after reading this book...

I found this book to be very lovely and magical! It takes place mostly near the Blue Ridge mountains but its opening pages were quite different. Serena is being "given" to an older
Jun 25, 2014 J.C. rated it really liked it
I asked for a review copy on a whim, and am I ever so glad that I listened to my intuition.

This is a contemporary fiction novel with fantastical elements that mesh together to tell a story that I could not put down. I read it in one day.

The premise surrounds a magical perfume that grants success to women who wear it. But that's not what the story is truly about. It's about how the power of the perceptions we have of ourselves affect our lives and our relationship with others - especially famil
In the same vein as Practical Magic and Garden Spells, SotD is the story of two sisters -- the one who stayed and the one who left -- with magic, botany, and food all tied up with it. Besides being a bit too familiar, this debut novel lacks the cozy, effortless beauty that both Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen capture so well.
Oct 12, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it
Ok. I'm just gonna come right out and say it--I'm a closet Nora Roberts fan. Some times you need a good read where everyone lives happily ever after (after a few close calls, of course!) and although this book was not written by Nora, it reminded me of her style. Three single women, a mom and two daughters, run a family perfume business. You have the prerequisite mother-daughter, sister-sister drama with a little bit of "magic" thrown in. Add the three perfect men who just happen to show up at t ...more
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
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Think, Practical Magic. Minus Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Minus the possession and the super-handy ability to light a candle by blowing on it. The ladies in Season of the Dragonflies dealt in scents, in perfume, to be exact. I enjoyed the magic realism aspect of this book, and appreciated the fact that it made me nostalgic about one of my all-time favourite movies, but completely capture me, it did not. Too predictable, too neatly tied-up, too much running-ar
Kelly Roll
Sep 13, 2014 Kelly Roll rated it it was ok
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Jan 20, 2016 Gail rated it really liked it
Shelves: magical-realism
Lenore Incorporated is a slightly mysterious perfumery. The business began with the discovery, by the first Lenore woman, of an unknown beautifully scented flower found in the jungles of Borneo. Transporting it back to Virginia, she started a highly successful business passed down from mother to daughter until today. Use of the perfume by carefully selected women brought them success, riches, and leadership in their chosen field.

Today, the family of a mother and two daughters is separated by mil
Aug 28, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it
Beautifully written, absolutely captivating and as addictive as the perfume the Lenore women create.
May 12, 2014 Melinda rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2014
I found the plot shrewd and imaginative. I really enjoyed the perfume empire premise and the fact both business and female protagonists were supportive of females in positive ways. The magical perfume and intuition as well as sorceress gifts was dubious but entertaining, added a uniqueness to the entire story. The decision on who would take over from Willow was another piece of the narrative keeping the reader on their toes. Somewhat predictable with enticing elements. With the sensuous descript ...more
Hannah Fullmer
I would like to thank William Morrow publishers for this advance review copy of Season of the Dragonflies, by Sarah Creech.
Season of the Dragonflies is the story of the Lenore women, Willow, the mother, and her two daughters, Mya and Lucia. They are heirs to a continuing legacy of a very special perfume; one which fully amplifies any talents that the wearer may already possess. Though the Lenores are millionaires, they live humbly in the Blue Ridge Mountains, cultivating the magical flower tha
Oct 04, 2014 Gloria rated it it was amazing
Great book! The relationships between generations were lovingly portrayed. You really knew each person and their strengths and weaknesses. Some of the magic was watching them realize they had other strengths than the ones they had used from birth.
Mar 20, 2015 Elise rated it it was amazing
Nothing in the world powers people like love. It inspires us, drives us, propels us forward. Nothing fuels us the way being in love does. It is what makes us human. And that, quite simply, is what makes it so magical. Magic is just power, and there is nothing more powerful in all of humanity than love. Just look at all the zillions of stories on earth that tell stories of love.Season of the Dragonflies, I would argue, is one, but it is so much more than that. It has love stories, yes, but more t ...more
Mar 15, 2015 SLEEPLESSREADS rated it liked it

One of my favorite movies has to be Practical Magic starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Which is the very reason I chose to read Season of the Dragonflies, think magic realism. (I was not disappointed) Who doesn't love a good mixture of magic, romance, and the strong bonds of mothers and daughters. Sarah Creech brings a beautiful story to life, with each chapter dedicated to one of the Lenore womens point of view. I enjoyed the read so much I am hop
Mar 15, 2015 Jinn rated it did not like it
This book isn't without redeeming possibility: the elements of mystical magic and wonder (flowers, deer and dragonflies), relationships between women (sibling rivalry, single motherhood), life in the country...all of these elements hold promise. But try as I might (and I did)to let those elements blossom high-enough in my imagination, this book just registered as (at best) bland and (at worst) off-putting for me. The characters ranged from unsympathetic to undeveloped to uninteresting (two brief ...more
Sep 25, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: recentlyread
Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech was a great end-of-summer read. It leans more toward chick-lit than my usual choices. There are some interesting plot twists and a good build-up, but the big finish fell flat for me.

This is the story of the Lenore women - ever since their matriarch made a bold decision and ran off an amazing adventure, they have nurtured a secret business, deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They cultivate a unique flower, a gardenia brought back from the Amazonian jungle,
Erin Cataldi
Mix Practical Magic and Chocolat together and have it set in the Blue Ridge Mountains and you'll have a good idea what this book is about. Generations of women in the Lenore family have bottled the most alluring perfume that enables the wearers to succeed at anything they put their mind to. Senators, lawyers, musicians, doctors, and celebrities are just a few of the powerful jobs that women have obtained with the power of this perfume. Behind the powerful scent is a secret flower, a family of st ...more
Kelly Dombroski
Apr 18, 2016 Kelly Dombroski rated it it was ok
This was a fairly light read, in the genre of drama/romance -- which isn't a genre I usually read, except when my daughters pick up books with pretty covers at the library and bring them home for me. It reminded me of other books in this genre, except it had the overlay of the magical realism. In general, I find this genre confusing. It is the largest selling genre, so I guess that's why books like this keep coming, and some people out there must really like it. Because of the magical element an ...more
Oct 18, 2015 Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: debut-novel, own-it
I felt a bit let down by this book. It just didn't enthrall me like I thought it might. It was an "okay" read, but certainly not a favorite. For some reason, the characters didn't seem fully actualized to me, but rather shallow. I almost feel as if this was more of a 'romance novel' than anything else. If you're just looking for something rather light to read, then this might fit the bill, but it certainly isn't as intense as I had expected.
Aug 21, 2014 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2014
Season of the Dragonflies is a wonderful book about family and love. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. I read it in a day. It's honestly not what I was expecting. The story isn't just a feel good tale about three women, but is one filled with magic and enchantment. I know fans of Alice Hoffman will like this debut novel.

I loved all of the characters, but Lucia was my favorite. She left home years before thinking that she had none of the family talents. Coming back home, s
Dec 26, 2014 Deb rated it liked it
A little uneven, but overall interesting, enjoyable read. Willow Lenore is the aging head of an extremely successful perfume company, and due to health reasons, needs to retire. Which of her two daughters should take over for her? The perfumery is based on a secret flower, and the wearer of the company's signature fragrance ensures success. Mya has been groomed as the successor, and possesses the Lenore gift of "reading" scents. Her sister Lucia abandoned the family business to make an acting ca ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Marybeth rated it liked it
This had such a whimsical, magical storyline I thought it would be perfect. Not so much. The characters were flat and I kept feeling that I was missing something or details were left out. Just didn't click with me.
Sep 05, 2014 Deb rated it really liked it
There are books that seem made for a cold winter's night, those that are fitting for a rainy Sunday, or perhaps a breezy evening on the lanai. "Season of the Dragonflies" by Sarah Creech is a book that is made for a summer weekend. Summer is dragonfly season after all and this novel, full of family drama and magical realism, is a perfect escape for a sultry summer day, enjoyed with a big glass of icy-cold sweet tea and the scent of gardenias lingering in the air.

I am a fan of the magical realism
Sep 01, 2015 Alli rated it liked it
Shelves: southern-lit, fiction
Sometimes I can really get into magical realism and this novel does a nice job of it without getting too crazy. Still, it does ask the reader to suspend belief, and it also gets a bit into the bodice ripping.

That said, the actual story is enchanting. A woman-led family running a magical perfume business for generations, based on a special plant brought back from the jungle ... meanwhile, the two sisters poised to inherit the company are both riddled with issues and trying to make sense of their
Sep 07, 2014 Ann rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story with just enough magic to make this book perfect for romance readers, fantasy readers and family saga readers. We follow the Lenore women who has one daughter each generation that creates perfume that gives the wearer power and respect from everyone in her particular field. In this generation the mother Willow, runs the business side and chooses their "clients". Mya mixes the rare scent and Lucia, who left for her own life, returns to help Willow fix Mya's mistake. Their great ...more
Kristy Sartain- Whispering Pretty Stories Reviews

A good start to a story. Definitely not Sarah Addison Allen caliber, though. I felt like the plot elements were just thrown together, especially the spiral down.

Even the dragonflies were under-developed.

Willow had few redeeming qualities and the relationship with James was too forced. I did root for Lucia, but could have done with a more complex Mya.

There was enough magical realism, even though it didn't develop much, in the story without the thing at the end. That also seemed forced. Lik
Mary Peaks
Jul 06, 2016 Mary Peaks rated it it was amazing
WOW!! Could read again right now. A little magic in the Blue Ridge. Love story. Chick lit. A family of women, Willow the mother, Mya and Lucia her 2 girls. The gist of the novel centers around scents and what kind of response they create in people. There is a secret scent that has power to give users the feeling of being able to do anything and people respond to that. Willow and family are following what has always been done until one little mishap begins to causes problems for Mya who feels she ...more
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Born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sarah Creech grew up in a house full of women who told stories about black cloud visions and other premonitions. Her work has appeared in storySouth, Literary Mama, Aroostook Review, Glass, and Glimmer Train. She received an MFA in 2008 and now teaches English and creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She currently lives i ...more
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