Season of the Dragonflies – Book Review

by NancyT

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Serena, promised to a man she doesn’t love because it’s a good business decision, runs away to Borneo with another man. After bearing two daughters and relishing their life in the jungle, they are forced to return when the stock market crashes. They bring with them a variant of a gardenia that reaches for Serena when she is nearby, launching a perfume company using the mystical plant.

100 years and 3 generations later, the Lenore family business is thriving. Their special perfume is sold only to women who use it to nurture their talents – actresses, politicians, corporate heads and others are successful because of the Lenore fragrance. Lenore Incorporated is run by Willow, Serena’s granddaughter, who has been having difficulty with her memory. Willow’s eldest daughter, Mya, has been groomed to take over the company, but she’s rash and headstrong. Younger daughter Lucia, who ran away at the age of 18 to become an actress, has returned to their home in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the heels of a failed marriage and career.

Lucia doesn’t know what she’s coming home to. The gardenias are suffering from some kind of disease and the year’s crop is in danger. Mya has made a mistake that could expose the business’s secret. And Willow’s memory issues are worse than they appear.  Lucia also runs into Ben, the high school boyfriend that she left behind, bringing up forgotten guilt and resentments.

As the Lenore women try to figure out what’s wrong with their gardenia, they have to do damage control to fix Mya’s mistake, which brings down the curse threatened by Serena if the formula is altered. They also have to deal with issues with their men – Mya’s boyfriend wants more than she does, Lucia has to deal with her feelings for Ben while still grieving her recently ended marriage, and Willow runs into an old flame who increases her desire to retire.  And the more time Lucia spends around the business, the more she realizes that she does want to take over for Willow.

Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech is a wonderful novel with strong women and a rich setting that the reader can see and smell. The magical realism works well and the flower’s powers are believable.  This is a story of love, forgiveness, and family, and one I recommend.

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1 Wehaf August 11, 2014 at 9:23 am

I love that it’s a multi-generational saga, and that it is magical realism – my favorite genre.

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2 anne August 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm

This family saga sounds captivating and memorable. Thanks.

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3 vickie couturier August 12, 2014 at 11:05 am

I love to read and this book is the type that I really love to read

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4 DEBIJOT August 12, 2014 at 11:06 am

I enjoy books about family interactions.

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5 Alison Gibb August 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm

I like books about strong women!

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6 Lisa Brown August 12, 2014 at 5:47 pm

The tensions from just life and how they affect the family, is intriguing and would keep ones attention while reading.

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7 courtney b August 12, 2014 at 5:55 pm

i’m interested in books about empowering woman and strenghting family which i think this is about!! thanks for showing me this book!

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8 Amanda Sakovitz August 12, 2014 at 6:49 pm

I love reading books about women and their stories.

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9 Daniel M August 12, 2014 at 7:29 pm

like reading about families

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10 Christine Jensen August 12, 2014 at 8:04 pm

I Love the family angle and mystical aspect.

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11 Liza Vladyka August 12, 2014 at 10:04 pm

i like reading about women

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12 CR Williams August 12, 2014 at 10:52 pm

I don’t really have much interest.

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13 Linda Kish August 12, 2014 at 11:11 pm

I like books about strong women.

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14 Kimberly August 13, 2014 at 12:32 am

This sounds like a wonderful book! I would love to read it!

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15 Cindy Brooks August 13, 2014 at 4:04 am

I like to read stories about families with strong female characters.

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16 Cheryl Free August 13, 2014 at 5:19 am

I like the generational and family story lines.

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17 livivua August 13, 2014 at 9:46 am

a book about strong women is a read

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18 bn100 August 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

the characters sound interesting

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19 Meagan bs August 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

i love reading about strong women, and this sounds like a nice read.

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20 Jessica T August 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

My husbands family is from Borneo and I’ve never read a book with it even mentioned!

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21 Claudia M August 13, 2014 at 11:37 am

sounds like an interesting book .

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22 latanya August 13, 2014 at 11:44 am

I like that it deals with strong bonds that will be tested

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23 Alyssa Thomas August 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Love strong female characters. Also love that it’s family oriented.

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24 samantha wagner August 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm

It sounds like a interesting story involving a family.

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25 Beth Conners August 13, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I’ve heard this is a great book — thanks for hosting!
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26 Nicole D August 13, 2014 at 5:48 pm

A family drama of the story captures me. I like when a book has everything mixed together to cause a stir.

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27 stacie August 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm

It sounds like a great read!

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28 Kathy stevenson August 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm

The family story is interesting.

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29 Kenia August 14, 2014 at 1:36 am

The drama!! Love it! Now I want to know what happens to the gardenia’s. What interest’s me is that when we think everything in our life’s is perfect you never know when everything will turn upside down! This is what makes it interesting!

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30 K. Finn August 14, 2014 at 3:06 am

I like that it has a connection to Borneo, and that the connection to fragrances makes it seem like it would be a very evocative read.

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31 Ru August 14, 2014 at 10:32 am

Totally judging it by its cover. Looks intriguing from the start!

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32 Laura Kay August 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Well I will be honest and say I love the cover :) also multi generational stories are the best!

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33 Nancy August 14, 2014 at 8:47 pm

I love that this book has a theme about empowerment for women

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34 Susan August 15, 2014 at 12:06 am

I have a soft spot for stories about forgiveness.

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35 YVETTE August 15, 2014 at 9:02 am

Always enjoy exploring new authors.

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36 Nancy August 16, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I like to discover authors who are new to me.

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37 Tricia G August 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Im interested about this because it has strong family bonds in it.

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38 wen budro August 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm

I’m interested because this book features female characters and the family.

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39 Marlena August 17, 2014 at 9:46 am

This book sounds inspiring.

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40 Tammy S August 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I like books that involve several people in a family so you get a chance to see the way they act in a family dynamic. This sounds like a good book.

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41 Linda Meyers-Gabbard August 18, 2014 at 4:33 am

It’s a novel with strong woman in it

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42 Jeanna August 18, 2014 at 9:34 am

Your review makes me want to find out what happens!

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43 Anna August 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm

I like a good novel and this sounds just up my alley

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44 BusyWorkingMama August 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I enjoy books that portray a strong female character. This sounds like a great read!

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45 Daniel M August 18, 2014 at 10:07 pm

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46 Katherine August 19, 2014 at 11:22 am

The setting sounds good

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47 alice elzey August 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm

I love to read books about families.

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48 Nichole August 20, 2014 at 4:52 pm

I love reading books I haven’t met a book I didn’t enjoy lol

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49 Stacey b August 20, 2014 at 5:52 pm

It sounds exactly like something I’d be interested in!

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50 shaunie August 21, 2014 at 4:42 am

Would have to say that it is because of relationships

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51 Anita Yancey August 21, 2014 at 6:51 pm

I would enjoy reading about a company that is run by women, and I also like that the story has secrets and family relationships. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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52 Rust August 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm

You had me at love, forgiveness, and family. Universal themes. Sounds interesting!

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53 Angela Saver August 22, 2014 at 1:09 am

This book interests me because I enjoy books about strong women & families & I think I would really enjoy it

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54 Tina Bredbury August 22, 2014 at 2:03 am

I think I will like the magical feature of it!

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55 Carolyn Barnett August 22, 2014 at 10:12 am

It sounds very interesting and seems to be good reading!

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56 Margot C August 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

More and more I am only interested in stories about women’s journeys these days, this looks marvelous.

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57 Erika August 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Sounds like a fun beach read.

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58 Kamla L. August 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm

A Family saga full of romance, drama, secrets, family dynamics and a touch of magic sounds like a interesting and engaging read.

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59 Kelley Roach August 22, 2014 at 6:48 pm

I like books about strong women!

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60 kathy dalton August 23, 2014 at 9:11 am

i like reading about women and their struggles

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61 kathy pease August 23, 2014 at 9:15 am

This sounds really interesting and I think my daughter would love to read it

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62 Taryn T. August 23, 2014 at 9:27 am

My mom loves to read all different kinds of books. I would like to give this to her, and hope she can find a new author to love!

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63 Kathy Fleming August 23, 2014 at 12:26 pm

I am interested in reading a ” wonderful novel with strong women and a rich setting that the reader can see and smell “.

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64 Birdiebee August 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm

I love a book with strong women characters.

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65 Mia Dentice Carey August 28, 2014 at 8:31 am

CONGRATS to the winner! ENJOY!

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66 Benita August 28, 2014 at 9:47 am

This looks like a fun book to read.

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67 Linda S September 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm

sounds like a wonderful story – I’ll have to look for it at my local library

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