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.Read more...
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.
- ISBN-13: 9780062307521
- ISBN-10: 0062307525
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company
- Publish Date: August 2014
- Page Count: 324
- Dimensions: 9.35 x 6.29 x 1.18 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.07 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-05-19
- Reviewer: Staff
Creech’s debut brings a magical realist touch to a tale of choices and consequences. In early-20th-century America, 18-year-old Serena Lenore defies her businessman father and elopes with Alex Bannister, a handsome young doctor. They live for a while in Borneo, where Alex researches the medical uses of local plants, and Serena discovers a new kind of flower. After the couple returns to America, settling down in Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Serena uses the flower to create a perfume that magically bestows success upon the women who wear it. Moving ahead to the present, the narrative finds Serena’s daughter, Willow, heading the company founded by her mother, which is now called Lenore International, but beginning to lose her memory. Willow has two daughters: Mya, who has devoted herself to the business, and Lucia, who has rejected it to pursue acting in New York City. Lucia returns, however, after the failure of both her marriage and career. Meanwhile, dissatisfied customer Zoe Bennett, a fading Hollywood star, blackmails Lenore International by threatening to tell the world about the perfume, until now a secret to everyone but the company’s select clients. By turns charming and suspenseful, this is a memorable first novel. Agent: Alexandra Machinist, ICM. (Aug.)