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Season of the Dragonflies: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Creech
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 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.


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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.


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  • File Size: 926 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (August 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GR0A5ZM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 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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10 of 11 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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For a first novel this book deserves five stars, for good character development of the three main characters and for weaving together magical concepts with everyday reality/pressures of running a high-end business. It's a tough job to tackle such polarities and have each come out as authentic. I appreciate the hard work to achieve the dynamic blend, and enjoyed the read.
I do feel that the minor male characters are romanticized and somewhat two-dimensional, but the reader views them mostly through the eyes of the women who love them, so it's acceptable, though I must admit to suspicion about possible ulterior motives since the Lenore women are worth a lot of money.
Perhaps that theme will be explored in Ms. Creech's next work, and this novel generates enough interest to make me want to read more.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful portrayal of love between sisters and their mother. Great visual imagery while reading.
Published 3 days ago by mcduff
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Great characters and a unique plot set in the majestic mountains make this one of my all time favorites.
Published 3 days ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars A hint of magic, family saga
A wonderful story with just enough magic to make this book perfect for romance readers, fantasy readers and family saga readers. Read more
Published 7 days ago by AMK
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland and boring
The book is definitely not worth the $12+. Wait until you can get it for free. I thought everything about the book was pretty boring. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Raja M
5.0 out of 5 stars another fantastic summer read
A quirky story about family, ambitions with twists and turns...another fantastic summer read.
Published 8 days ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent first book
Love the intrigue of a little magic. And as always is true of mothers and daughters and sisters the separation and the joy of coming together again. Can't wait for the next book.
Published 12 days ago by Kimbo
4.0 out of 5 stars A Magically Perfect Book
Do you have a sibling? Do you feel a rivalry with them, even though you may love them? Well that is the theme of Sarah Creech's debut novel Season of the Dragonflies. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Book-alicious Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars I found the book very interesting for I am a ...
I found the book very interesting for I am a true believer in the Dragonflies the book was very worth while book to read kept your interest from start to finish
Published 20 days ago by Fran
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasant female family fantasy
Season Of The Dragonflies
Sarah Creech
Morrow, Aug 12 2014, $25.99
ISBN: 9780062307521

Serena Lenore found a rare flower overseas that she brought back to... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Harriet Klausner
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointed in this book
So disappointed in this book....was expecting so much more. Sheer drudgery from beginning to end. This was my first read by this author and will be my last!
Published 25 days ago by Victoria Richards
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