Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech

Season of the Dragonflies

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 MountainsFor 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, crea...

Details Season of the Dragonflies

TitleSeason of the Dragonflies
Release DateAug 12th, 2014
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreFiction, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Magic, Romance, Contemporary

Reviews Season of the Dragonflies

  • Ann
    This is a beautifully written book. The story is captivating. The only thing that stopped me was the constant reference to the mother, Willow, as being old. Gees, she was only sixty. This book is a must read for all those who love to mix magic with a good relationship story. Excellent book.
  • Alisha Marie
    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 M...
  • Erica
    This story starts with Serena who has been recently engaged to short, unattractive Mr. Chase so has footsies under the table with Dr. Alexander at her engagement party before taking him into a closet to sex him up so as to convince him to take her with him to the jungles of Borneo so she can get away from her oppressive life.I hated that beginning.From there, it moves to Serena's descendants.There's Willow who is all disappointed that her mother ...
  • Laurie
    If you took Patrick Suskind’s ‘Perfume’ and mixed it with Alice Hoffman’s, well, any of her books, you might come up with ‘Season of the Dragonflies’. In the 1920s, on a tropical island, Serena Lenore discovers a magical variety of gardenia, which not only smells divine but also amplifies a woman’s talents and gives her… something… that allows her to succeed beyond all others. Through the decades this perfume has been shared, se...
  • Catherine
    In the same vein as Practical Magic and Garden Spells, SotD is the story of two sisters -- the one who stayed and the one who left -- with magic, botany, and food all tied up with it. Besides being a bit too familiar, this debut novel lacks the cozy, effortless beauty that both Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen capture so well.
  • Patty
    Season of the Dragonflies: A NovelBySarah CreechWhat I knew about this book before I read it...My perusal of this book led me to believe that it was about a family...dominated by women...who invented and manufactured a delightful perfume. I also anticipated a little touch of magic!My thoughts after reading this book...I found this book to be very lovely and magical! It takes place mostly near the Blue Ridge mountains but its opening pages were qu...
  • J.C.
    I asked for a review copy on a whim, and am I ever so glad that I listened to my intuition. This is a contemporary fiction novel with fantastical elements that mesh together to tell a story that I could not put down. I read it in one day. The premise surrounds a magical perfume that grants success to women who wear it. But that's not what the story is truly about. It's about how the power of the perceptions we have of ourselves affect our lives a...
  • Reeka (BoundbyWords)
    As seen on my blog: 2.5 STARSThink, Practical Magic. Minus Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Minus the possession and the super-handy ability to light a candle by blowing on it. The ladies in Season of the Dragonflies dealt in scents, in perfume, to be exact. I enjoyed the magic realism aspect of this book, and appreciated the fact that it made me nostalgic about one of my all-time favourite movies, but completely capture me, it did not. Too pr...
  • Kelly Roll
    This novel had an intriguing premise - one matriarchical family creates a magical perfume and markets it exclusively to promising young women who then become successful via the magical properties of the perfume. I generally love novels with magical realism but this book just didn't work for me.I think part of the problem for me was that I didn't really connect with any of the women.For the most part they were just bland. I also had problems turni...
  • Cindy
    Ok. I'm just gonna come right out and say it--I'm a closet Nora Roberts fan. Some times you need a good read where everyone lives happily ever after (after a few close calls, of course!) and although this book was not written by Nora, it reminded me of her style. Three single women, a mom and two daughters, run a family perfume business. You have the prerequisite mother-daughter, sister-sister drama with a little bit of "magic" thrown in. Add the...
  • Trace
    This had such a promising premise, but ultimately became trite and boring. Wish the story was about the great-grandmother.
  • Rebecca
    Beautifully written, absolutely captivating and as addictive as the perfume the Lenore women create.
  • Marta
    I love books where women have a force or connection to nature that is strange, powerful and beyond explanation. Strange power bestowing flowers, dragonflies and deer irresistibly to one or the other of two sisters, Season of the Dragonflies delivers on this front. All three characters, mother Willow and her two adult daughters Mya and Lucia are well drawn, with very different problems and personalities.Together, they all are facing a potential cu...
  • Craftnut -
    Overall, meh. I was thinking this would be more like Sarah Addison Allen's books of interesting stories about women with a touch of magic. But this started off being dumb, then just was one calamity after another as a curse is unleashed when one of the women changes the perfume formula to teach a lesson to a client that badly backfires. I found myself rushing through the book to get it done, hoping it would get better. It has the requisite happy ...
  • Maureen
    Love the magical tone, the fantasy events. Love that 3 women rule the story. Would recommend. There are, however, one or two places this story lost me. A little confusing, but very good overall. Also, the Mya character was not likeable at all., and I found myself getting bored with Willow’s story. Liked Lucia. One last thing...have no idea what the dragonflies have to do with anything. I expected them to be a distinct symbol for something, espe...
  • Kelly
    Great story line. I particularly enjoyed the magical elements. We all need that little bit of wonderment in our lives after all. Found it just a bit scattered at times or maybe details were not deep enough but all in all a nice read.
  • Kathleen Freeman
    Love the cover, overall I enjoyed the book and liked the ending.
  • Hannah
    I would like to thank William Morrow publishers for this advance review copy of Season of the Dragonflies, by Sarah Creech. Season of the Dragonflies is the story of the Lenore women, Willow, the mother, and her two daughters, Mya and Lucia. They are heirs to a continuing legacy of a very special perfume; one which fully amplifies any talents that the wearer may already possess. Though the Lenores are millionaires, they live humbly in the Blue Ri...
  • Melinda
    I found the plot shrewd and imaginative. I really enjoyed the perfume empire premise and the fact both business and female protagonists were supportive of females in positive ways. The magical perfume and intuition as well as sorceress gifts was dubious but entertaining, added a uniqueness to the entire story. The decision on who would take over from Willow was another piece of the narrative keeping the reader on their toes. Somewhat predictable ...
  • Gail
    Lenore Incorporated is a slightly mysterious perfumery. The business began with the discovery, by the first Lenore woman, of an unknown beautifully scented flower found in the jungles of Borneo. Transporting it back to Virginia, she started a highly successful business passed down from mother to daughter until today. Use of the perfume by carefully selected women brought them success, riches, and leadership in their chosen field.Today, the family...
  • Lynn
    I felt a bit let down by this book. It just didn't enthrall me like I thought it might. It was an "okay" read, but certainly not a favorite. For some reason, the characters didn't seem fully actualized to me, but rather shallow. I almost feel as if this was more of a 'romance novel' than anything else. If you're just looking for something rather light to read, then this might fit the bill, but it certainly isn't as intense as I had expected.
  • Gloria
    Great book! The relationships between generations were lovingly portrayed. You really knew each person and their strengths and weaknesses. Some of the magic was watching them realize they had other strengths than the ones they had used from birth.
  • Marybeth
    This had such a whimsical, magical storyline I thought it would be perfect. Not so much. The characters were flat and I kept feeling that I was missing something or details were left out. Just didn't click with me.
  • Edward
    Inconsistent characterizations
  • Margaret Lembo
    This book was fabulous. Picked it up today, a Sunday morning and literally couldn't put it down. Finished it already. Loved the flowers and essential oils.
  • Mandy
    I thought the premise was very.... promising.Alas, the writing needed a bit more polishing.
  • Pat
    I really enjoyed this story. Very imaginative and interesting.
  • Jencey/
    How much experience do you have with working in a family business? Have you ever felt like you play a role in this business or are you happy to pass it onto someone else to take care of? The story that I am sharing today is about two sisters and the family business they are the heir apparent to; in Sarah Creech’s The Season of the Dragon Fly. Which sister will take over the business?Synopsis: For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured ...
  • Marian
    Ehhhhhhh... This is probably more of a 2.5 star kind of book and I figure I'll round up this time around.Ignore all comparisons to Practical Magic because I'm gonna need more than magically inclined sisters from a magically inclined family. I won't harp on this because others have probably done so far better than I could manage at this point. I'll agree with those who felt the characters felt flat. Hell, the only character I actually cared about ...
  • Lori
    This book has so many things going for it: good characters, concept, and storyline. But it all came together in a very bland way. The actual writing was flat. Nothing made me interested in the story... which left it feeling cliche and very shallow.I loved the concept: a family of women who made a special perfume that was supernaturally powerful. But the first chapter of the book, where we learned how they got the plant that made the perfume, was ...