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Season of the Dragonflies: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Creech
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.



Editorial Reviews

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“Season of the Dragonflies is a magical, romantic, and riveting novel. You won’t be able to put it down, and as soon as you finish reading, you’ll begin waiting for Sarah Creech’s next book. What a dazzling new talent!” (Nina de Gramont, author of Meet Me at the River)

About the Author

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 in North Carolina with her two children and her husband, a poet. This is her first novel.


Product Details

  • File Size: 926 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062307525
  • Publisher: William Morrow (August 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GR0A5ZM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,095 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fell somewhat flat... July 9, 2014
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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 realized that I didn't care about any of the characters or what they're going through. I just found them all to be so boring. And once the characters fail for me, the rest of the book can be amazing, but I'll still find it average.

Another thing that was off-putting for me was that where other magical realism books have this sort of cozy feel to them, I felt like Season of the Dragonflies was less cozy and comfortable and more soap-opera like. There was so much drama and angst. Usually I'm a big fan of this because it keeps things interesting. But in Season of the Dragonflies, the angst and drama weren't presented in an intriguing way.

So, overall I found Season of the Dragonflies to be just okay. It wasn't even close to the most horrible book I've ever read, but it doesn't hold a candle to other magical realism novels. I say skip it.

Disclaimer: I read this book while sick so that might have colored my view of it a little bit.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delciously Wicked Magic Realism May 6, 2014
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High the Blue Ridge Mountain live women, Willow, and her two daughters, eldest, Mya and youngest Lucia. Lucia leaves this hallowed place to try her skills at acting, but has returned to this magically dark business; the business making a perfume from a flower that ONLY grows in their backyards along with other ritualistic items. . Each bottle is millions of dollars and only those who pay can purchase it.(AND must never say a word about where it came from) It guarantees success, power, sensual well being, passion and an intuitiveness that others never use.

Now that Lucia is back, and Willow, the mother, is showing signs of dementia, both daughters know the business must be passed on to only one of them. This has been the family way for generations and Willow must make ONE choice. Her dilemma occurs when Mya's hastiness leads to a terrible crime. Willow fears Lucia will run away again leaving the business to die. Mya is tempestuous, rash, quick to jump in without properly testing waters; Lucia is cautious nearly to a fault. Whom to chose?

Meanwhile, all three women are embroiled in very sensual, sexy romances which also figure in to decisions.

Much like Alice Hoffman and Sarah Allen Addison make magic realism glow, this was a very enjoyable read, but m need a star to grow on. However, 4 stars is never bad and I will hope for more from Sarah Creech.

I would conclude that "Seasons of Dragonflies" will be a wonderful read for those magic realism fans among us!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining...but it got really dark at the end. June 22, 2014
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I really enjoyed reading this book most of the way through. The plot was very unique. The characters weren't particularly deep, but they were likable and entertaining. I was invested in their stories, and I liked seeing the relationships between characters develop over time.

But I really, really did not like the last 25% of this book! Wow, it got so dark and depressing--I mean, strangely and awkwardly depressing. Honestly, it was hard to reconcile the mostly superficial, almost chick-lit-like feel of the majority of the book with the heaviness of the last part. The things that started to happen (to two characters in particular) felt WAY too intense and completely out of balance with the rest of the story. Creech goes from perfume and magic flowers to (SPOILER ALERT) near-fatal "accidents" and the possibility of murder. Huh? I felt like the ending was written for another, more serious story.

Regardless, even though the ending threw me off, I liked the book--overall--enough that I am still giving it four stars. Creech is a strong writer, and the creativity of this story was intriguing enough for me that I'd be willing to check out whatever she might publish in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a magical diversion July 7, 2014
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I think magical realism must be just about the toughest sort of fiction to write, because it really needs to be hyper-real and sell the realness while adding just a hint of the magic/mystical. I was rather skeptical about this book, it sounded kind of interesting but maybe over the top weird. Fortunately, the dialogue is great, the writing overall is great, the characters are easy to take an interest in. There are a few parts of the book or the setup that did strain credulity for me, but overall a magical diversion.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Beach Read, Summer 2014 May 17, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed Season of the Dragonflies, but there were a couple of shortcomings.

This is the second supernatural story I’ve read where the child who doesn’t glow with the family’s “gift” is looked upon as being not quite good enough. That is disturbing, as we all have gifts, and our gifts manifest themselves in different ways. It is akin to a parent valuing the child who effortlessly earns straight A’s in school more than the one who works their fanny off for C’s.

The other area I had difficulty with was the romances. All three main characters had a romantic interest; all three of the men were too good to be true.

This is Ms. Creech’s first novel. I will definitely read her second, and hope that the couple of shortcomings are resolved as she grows as an author.

Recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars A magical, wonderful novel
Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech is a magical novel of family, old secrets, and love. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I love books that are full of magical... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Darlene
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed it very much.
Published 2 days ago by windy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful read.. couldn't put it down
Published 4 days ago by sherylpowell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting book. Reminded me of Alice Hoffman's style.
Published 4 days ago by jan nellos
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I wish it had been longer. It felt unfinished.
Published 5 days ago by Shiloh Renea Cotney Breaux
5.0 out of 5 stars very different and magical
a wonderful, enthralling read. the story pulls you in and the characters turn and twist and shimmer in the light of the woods. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Susan E. Mcintosh
3.0 out of 5 stars Season of the dragonflies
I totally enjoyed this book. Towards the end I felt let down. I felt there was more to tell. It seemed a generalized ending and it was done. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Julie Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good novel. Creative plot and good characterization
A good novel. Creative plot and good characterization. I loved the setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Published 20 days ago by Nancy E Burgess
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I just couldn't get into the book. I read it half way thru and then gave up
Published 23 days ago by marcia stewart
3.0 out of 5 stars Season of the Dragonflies
Season of the Dragonflies is the debut novel by Sarah Creech that takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Sheri Newton
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