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Season of the Dragonflies: A Novel by [Creech, Sarah]
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Four generations of Lenore women have manufactured a unique, very costly perfume that endows its carefully selected wearers with spectacular success in their chosen careers. But things have started to go wrong. Willow, the president of Lenore Inc. is having memory lapses. One of the company’s clients, a pop star, is causing trouble. Willow’s older daughter, Mya, who has always dreamed of taking over when her mother steps down, feels threatened when younger daughter Lucia comes home after a 15-year absence. Lucia has never before manifested the family gifts, which involve visions as well as special skills with perfumery, but now she sees an ominous dark cloud hovering over Mya’s head. And the rare flowers from which the perfume is made seem to be dying. Creech has created an intriguing premise in her first novel, but the plot elements related to the perfume and its powers are underdeveloped. More satisfying are the novel’s Blue Ridge Mountains setting and the relationships among mother and daughters, sisters, and the men with whom they fall in love. --Mary Ellen Quinn

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“Sarah Creech weaves together a magical tale of sisters and mothers and the power of human love. Season of the Dragonflies is a rich, deeply satisfying debut. (Beatriz Williams, author of The Secret Life of Violet Grant)

“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)

“By turns charming and suspenseful, this is a memorable first novel.” (Publishers Weekly)

Product Details

  • File Size: 946 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062307533
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (August 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 12, 2014
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GR0A5ZM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By endlesswonderofreading VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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. It seemed to drag on and on with the same problems continually being brought up. I didn't like any of the three main female characters. Their reactions to things were bizarre and misplaced. It was hard to connect with them. They all seemed so cold and distant. The character of the mother, Willow, was the strangest. Her actions and responses seemed to be those of a robot. I abandoned this book for days at a time. It took me a long time to finish reading it because the author did not make me want to know what was going to happen next. I forced myself to finish it because I paid for it.
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If you are a fan of Sarah Addison Allen or Alice Hoffman (my personal favorite author), you already love magical realism. It's here, too, in a story that is well told, with wonderful characters and charming writing. I finished it in less than a day, because I could not put it down, even ordering in dinner, much to the family's delight. The plot is unique, and while some will find the ending to be a bit dark, it didn't seem out of place with the story.
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