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Author: Sarah Creech Narrator: Kate Turnbull Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9780062363572
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For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a fragrance unlike any other. Hidden in the quiet rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, their perfumery guards unique and mysterious ingredients. A secret known only to a select clientele of movie stars, politicians, artists, and CEOs, the Lenores' signature elixir is the key to success for the world's most powerful women.

Willow, the coolly elegant matriarch, is the brains behind the operation. Her gorgeous golden-haired daughter, Mya, is its heart. Like her foremothers, Mya can "read" scents and envision their power to influence events. But Willow's younger daughter, dark-haired, soulful Lucia, claims no magical touch; wanting no part of the family business, she has left the mountains to make her own way in New York City.

When a divorce leaves Lucia at loose ends, she returns to the Blue Ridge Mountains for an uncomfortable family reunion and discovers trouble brewing. Willow is experiencing strange spells of forgetfulness. Mya is romancing a younger man and plotting to take the reins of the business. A client is threatening blackmail. And most ominously, the strange, magical plants that provide the perfume's secret ingredient seem to be dying.

With the Lenore empire at stake, the sister who can save their lucrative scent stands to inherit when Willow steps down. Though Mya schemes, Lucia has suddenly begun to show signs of possessing her own special abilities. And her return to the mountains—heralded by a swarm of blue dragonflies—may be the answer they all need.

Capturing the essence of sisterhood with the sweetness of flowers, Season of the Dragonflies is a beguiling tale of practical magic, old secrets, and new love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The breathtaking backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains almost makes this novel even more magical than the well-thought out storyline. Fans of the occult and supernatural will agree that the addicting storyline is hard to quit, gobbling this story up in just one sitting. Creech grants us all an invitation to her outlandish imagination, and readers will be thoroughly delighted.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Creech’s debut brings a magical realist touch to a tale of choices and consequences…By turns charming and suspenseful, this is a memorable first novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fans of Alice Hoffman, Sarah Addison Allen, and Tiffany Baker will enjoy this charming, fast-paced novel that lightly blends folksy magical realism with a story of strained family relationships, messy romantic entanglements, and the power of the female bond.”

    Library Journal

  • Season of the Dragonflies is a magical, romantic, and riveting novel. You won’t be able to put it down, and as soon as you finish reading, you’ll begin waiting for Sarah Creech’s next book. What a dazzling new talent!”

    Nina de Gramont, author of Meet Me at the River

  • “Narrator Kate Turnbull’s soft and youthful expression enhances every magical moment in Sarah Creech’s debut novel. Alternating between a sweet, whimsical delivery of the narrative and a subtle Southern accent during dialogue, she emphasizes the beautiful setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the fragrant, rare flowers that the Lenore women use for their supernatural perfume—which promises success to whoever wears it. Turnbull’s gentle, feminine storytelling makes this intriguing story involving practical magic and a generation of women easy on the ears. However, once the unique flowers lose their smell and a client threatens blackmail, Willow and her daughters must find a way to save their powerful perfume.”

    AudioFile

  • “Debut novelist Creech offers a romance embroidered with magical realism.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Creech has created an intriguing premise in her first novel, but the plot elements related to the perfume and its powers are underdeveloped. More satisfying are the novel’s Blue Ridge Mountains setting and the relationships among mother and daughters, sisters, and the men with whom they fall in love.”

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  • A BookPage Book of the Day, August 2014

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About the Author

Sarah Creech was born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she grew up in a house full of women who told stories about black cloud visions and other premonitions. Her work has appeared in storySouthLiterary Mama, Aroostook Review, Glass, and Glimmer Train. She received an MFA in 2008 and now teaches English and creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She currently lives in North Carolina with her two children and her husband, a poet. Her novels include Season of the Dragonflies.

About the Narrator

Kate Turnbull is an actress with an MFA from the University of San Diego. She has appeared in the television show Guiding Light and the off-Broadway production of Passion Play.