- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (December 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062428322
- ISBN-13: 978-0062428325
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Secret of a Heart Note Hardcover – December 27, 2016
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Stacey Lee lush descriptions are splendid. Her writing is a dream! She touches all five senses and The Secret of a Heart Note is very unique. The novel reminds me of all the notes in my candle fragrances and my indie perfumes. I love how Lee breaks down the different top notes, heart notes and base notes of an elixir and scentprints. The Secret of a Heart Note is memorizing and tantalizes all the senses. Lee educates readers about language of flowers and how to concoct the perfect essence.
Mim is relatable and is so compassionate. I was rooting for her throughout the whole novel. Her relationship with Court is adorable. Mim has an amazing best friend, Kali, who sticks by Mim's side no matter what. Mim is also willing to correct and learn from her mistakes. She is independent and a go-getter. However, her relationship with her mother is on the rocks. Lee is able to shine the spotlight on the mother-daughter relationship between Mim and Mim's mother. There is also a sisterly relationship between Mim's mother and Mim's aunt that is covered throughout the novel.
Although I love Lee's historical fiction novels, Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon, The Secret of a Heart Note is so heartfelt and romantic. She pulls at your heartstrings with this novel. This emotional roller coaster is bursting! I even teared up at the end of the book because the ending is flawless! I couldn't ask for anything more.
If you're looking for a cute contemporary romance with a touch of magical realism and relationship building, definitely check out The Secret of a Heart Note. It's a hybrid of Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman and Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper.
An ARC was provided by the author as a giveaway prize; this in no way affected my review.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: It's always interesting to me when authors switch genres, particularly when they write their first genre so well. Stacey Lee is one of my favorite historical fiction authors, a status that was cemented with her debut novel, Under a Painted Sky. I was very interested to see how this contemporary/magical realism/sort-of-fantasy novel would work.
The protagonist, Mim, is only fifteen, which was nice to see in YA. Lots of younger teens could definitely relate to her. Up until the events of the book, Mim was homeschooled, so she's socially awkward and struggling to keep up in school - both features I wasn't keen on as a former homeschooler. I know both characteristics also had to do with how her mother isolated her and the workload at home, but I felt homeschooling got blamed for parts of it.
I liked that romance wasn't the only plot; Mim is struggling to do things right by her best friend, Kali, and she wants to prove herself as an aromateur. I felt like I needed to see more of why Mim and Kali worked as best friends, though, before the story got into all the drama that threatened to ruin their relationship.
I liked the plot twist. I won't go into detail about it, so as not to spoil the book, but it involves Mim's Aunt Bryony, who is definitely an awesome character. The whole book is full of women. There's probably only three guys total that matter, which is such a change from most of today's films and books.
Mild language. Mild sexual references.
The Verdict: Pretty good, but it wasn't my favorite Stacey Lee book.
The book was like a breath of fresh air. It made me feel light and hopeful. Mimosa is an aromateur in training and is trying to navigate a normal life as a high schooler for the first time and meeting the demands that came with being an aromateur. So I know jack squat about flowers, but I love the abundance of them in this book. I felt like I could see and smell the flowers myself. The way Mimosa described how they smelled was amazing. But really got me is how she described how people's emotions smelled to her. It was so great.
There is a lot happening in this book and I couldn't help but feel so bad for Mimosa. She and her mother deal in love. They don't make people fall in love, but open their hearts and minds to people who are compatible with them, or whose smells don't clash. But one easy elixir that was meant for one goes awry, Mimosa finds herself in a hole that just keeps getting deeper and deeper. I completely felt and almost smelled Mims desperation. Her need to fix her mistake and make things right. At the same time she's falling for the soccer star and golden boy Court Sawyer who is an absolute sweetheart. I loved Court. I liked whenever Mim and him were together. It was great that she could smell his emotions and the had great chemistry. Mims friend Kali was also really nice.
I can't even describe why or how I ended up loving this book so much. While it definitely spirals out of control for Mim, I feel that she learned some valuable lessons about life, but also about what it means to be an aromateur. Since she's entering into the real world for the first time by entering high school, falling in love which will enact a curse and make her lose her aromateur sense of smell, and understanding the rules and guidelines set for all aromateurs, I thin Mim really grew up by the end of this book. Sometimes plans go wrong, but in the end things work out.
I definitely recommend this book.
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Mim lives a sheltered life with her mom at home. She longs to be a kid and experience school but being a aromateur like her mother, takes up most of her day.Read more