Season of the Dragonflies: A Novel

By Sarah Creech

As beguiling because the novels of Alice Hoffman, Adriana Trigiani, Aimee Bender, and Sarah Addison Allen, Season of the Dragonflies is a narrative of vegetation, sisters, useful magic, outdated secrets and techniques, and new love, set within the Blue Ridge Mountains.

For generations, the Lenore ladies have synthetic a fragrance not like the other, and protected the original and mysterious constituents. Their perfumery, hidden within the quiet rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, creates one particular elixir that secretly sells for hundreds of thousands of bucks to the world’s so much powerful—movie stars, politicians, artists, and CEOs. The Lenore’s signature fragrance is basically the most important to their success.

Willow, the coolly stylish Lenore relatives matriarch, is the brains in the back of the corporate. Her attractive, golden-haired daughter Mya is its middle. Like her foremothers, she will be able to “read” scents and envision their energy. Willow’s more youthful daughter, dark-haired, soulful Lucia, claims no magical contact, nor does she wish any a part of the kin enterprise. She left the mountains years in the past to make her personal means. yet hassle is brewing. Willow is experiencing unusual spells of forgetfulness. Mya is plotting a coup. a shopper is threatening blackmail. And such a lot ominously, the original vegetation utilized in their body spray are dying.

Whoever can retailer the corporate will inherit it. although Mya is the most obvious selection, Lucia has started displaying symptoms of her personal distinct talents. And her go back to the mountains—heralded through a swarm of blue dragonflies—may be the reply all of them need.

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Willow echoed. “Yes,” Robert stated, and passed her the pattern in a small vial. Willow uncorked it and waved it underneath her nostril. He persevered, “The first acres we harvested regarded fit within the box, yet possibly they didn’t deal with the shipping like they regularly have; that’s all i will bet. ” Willow nodded and Lucia’s center was once pounding. Robert and Brenda have been the single employees contributors who knew the reality approximately their fragrance, and Robert seemed frightened. Willow stated, “Have any strategies or apparatus replaced? Did a employee pass over a step? ” “No, ma’am, I oversee it like a hawk,” he acknowledged, “and if i wished to alter something you recognize I’d run that via you first. ” Lucia enjoyed this approximately Robert. He and her mom have been an identical age, but he nonetheless deferred to her during this well mannered means. Willow rested her again within the chair and tucked her ankles underneath it. She gripped the armrest like she used to be ready for a bullet. “What does that suggest? ” Lucia ultimately acknowledged. Robert shifted in his seat. “Something’s flawed with the flower. It’s love it misplaced its smell after we obtained it right here. And the full harvest is maybe infected. We’ve nonetheless obtained 400 and 5 acres to herald, and if it’s whatever just like the first we established, then there won’t be a yield this 12 months. ” Willow introduced her fingers to her lips and stared at Robert. “I went to the fields. They didn’t seem like they’d complete blooming probably, like it’s overdue this yr. and that i be aware of it’s now not been overdue like this, yet couldn’t that be it? simply delay the harvest for 2 weeks? I intended to name you and recommend it yet I obtained distracted and forgot. ” Robert shook his head. He stated, “We wait weeks and they’ll die, I promise. I’ve identified those plants my complete lifestyles, you recognize i've got, and extra weeks will promise us no yield this yr. probably the flora regarded a bit smaller, yet they’ve comprehensive blooming up to they’re going to; that’s what i think. yet it’s your organization, so if you would like me to put off i'm going to. ” “Where’s our botanist? What’s his identify? ” Willow acknowledged. Lucia rubbed her lips together with her fingertips and pressed in deeply along with her nails, a anxious fidget she’d attempted to beat through the lengthy wait of casting calls. Willow had forgotten to name in regards to the plant life, she had forgotten to study the agreement, and she or he had forgotten Jonah’s identify; it appeared like her mother’s reminiscence was once failing. Had she obvious a neurologist already and selected to not inform Mya and Lucia? “Dr. Phillips took off six months. Paid, bear in mind? Went to assemble plant samples in rural China or someplace. ” “Yes, I remember,” Willow stated defensively. Robert gave a small cough, like he didn’t think her. Neither did Lucia. Robert acknowledged, “We may fly another individual in to check the crops, if that’s what you’re pondering. ” Willow stared off at some degree above Robert’s head. anything used to be essentially flawed along with her mom. Lucia didn’t be aware of the place to start or who to speak to first. She was hoping the cloud over Mya’s head will be long past each time Mya eventually back to the cabin, simply because now that they had an even bigger factor to house jointly: how one can process Willow approximately her reminiscence loss.

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