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 happenings. I delved headlong into this one and it captivated me fully at a time when I really needed a book like this. The characters and story worked their way into my heart and I truly regretted turning the last page and having the story end.
Generations of the Lenore women have been manufacturing a unique perfume. A perfume with the power to change a life. This perfume sells only to the most wealthy and powerful and has made the Lenore women very successful. Up in the Blue Ridge Mountains they grow their own flowers to create the perfume along with a few of their own secret ingredients. When making a perfume a certain secret ingredient can be the key to the success or downfall of a client. But in desperation could this be taken too far – far enough to be dangerous?
I loved the women in this novel. Willow is the head of the family and single mom to two now grown girls, Mia and Lucia. These sisters could not be more different. Mia, the elder sister has always been the one with the ‘nose’ for scent and has been working alongside her mother for years. She should inherit the presidency of the company but as things begin to spiral downward in her life Willow begins to question that decision. Making her question it even further is the homecoming of Lucia. Lucia has always been the one who seemingly had no magical talents with the perfume business but now that she’s come home Willow is seeing a different side to her. Should Lucia be made the president of the company? Willow knows that this will tear the sisters apart even further…but what choice does she have as it seems Mia is bent on a path of destruction that could ruin the business.
I listened to the audiobook of Season of the Dragonflies which is narrated by Kate Turnball who I’ve not listened to before but wouldn’t hesitate to again. She does a wonderful job telling this tale with its mystical air and I felt she really brought this story and these characters alive in my minds eye. Very enjoyable indeed!
For fans of women’s fiction and magical realism, Sarah Creech’s debut novel Season of the Dragonflies is wonderful and the audio even more so!