Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication: August 2014
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.
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, she is able to discover that it was there all along. Her mother always knew she had a special gift, but it was one that Lucia had to discover for herself. The solution to all three women's problems was wonderful. I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't tell you any more. I highly recommend this book. It will leave you with a warm feeling in the end! With a debut like this one, I see a bright future for this author.
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