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Season of the Dragonflies

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,926 ratings  ·  320 reviews
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 12, 2014 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
This story starts with Serena who has been recently engaged to short, unattractive Mr. Chase so has footsies under the table with Dr. Alexander at her engagement party before taking him into a closet to sex him up so as to 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
May 01, 2014 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
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.

Read for book group, August 2015.
Jun 09, 2014 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 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
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-a
Kelly Roll
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Oct 06, 2015 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
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Beautifully written, absolutely captivating and as addictive as the perfume the Lenore women create.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I love books where women have a force or connection to nature that is strange, powerful and beyond explanation. Strange power bestowing flowers, dragonflies and deer irresistibly to one or the other of two sisters, Season of the Dragonflies delivers on this front. All three characters, mother Willow and her two adult daughters Mya and Lucia are well drawn, with very different problems and personalities.
Together, they all are facing a potential curse from a mistake Mya and Willow made that could
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Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Overall, meh. I was thinking this would be more like Sarah Addison Allen's books of interesting stories about women with a touch of magic. But this started off being dumb, then just was one calamity after another as a curse is unleashed when one of the women changes the perfume formula to teach a lesson to a client that badly backfires. I found myself rushing through the book to get it done, hoping it would get better. It has the requisite happy ending, where everything is tied up in a pretty li ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love the magical tone, the fantasy events. Love that 3 women rule the story. Would recommend.

There are, however, one or two places this story lost me. A little confusing, but very good overall. Also, the Mya character was not likeable at all., and I found myself getting bored with Willow’s story. Liked Lucia. One last thing...have no idea what the dragonflies have to do with anything. I expected them to be a distinct symbol for something, especially since they are actually in the book title. I
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great story line. I particularly enjoyed the magical elements. We all need that little bit of wonderment in our lives after all. Found it just a bit scattered at times or maybe details were not deep enough but all in all a nice read.
Kathleen Freeman
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: usa, chick-lit
Love the cover, overall I enjoyed the book and liked the ending.
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
JG (The Introverted Reader)
The Lenore women grow a rare flower that is the secret ingredient in their powerful perfume. Each generation, only a few women are chosen to wear their coveted scent. These women inevitably rise to the top of their professions and become the envy of the world. But Willow, Mya, and Lucia Lenore, the current generation, aren't doing so well. Willow's not as sharp as she once was, Mya would do anything to run the company, and Lucia wants no part of it. They've made a mistake with one of their chose ...more
May 12, 2014 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
Jan 20, 2016 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 15, 2014 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.
Oct 04, 2014 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.
Aug 13, 2014 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.
Margaret Lembo
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was fabulous. Picked it up today, a Sunday morning and literally couldn't put it down. Finished it already. Loved the flowers and essential oils.
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
I thought the premise was very.... promising.
Alas, the writing needed a bit more polishing.

Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. Very imaginative and interesting.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beach-reads-2018
How much experience do you have with working in a family business? Have you ever felt like you play a role in this business or are you happy to pass it onto someone else to take care of? The story that I am sharing today is about two sisters and the family business they are the heir apparent to; in Sarah Creech’s The Season of the Dragon Fly. Which sister will take over the business?
For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique a
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
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Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-fun-fiction
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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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