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Season of the DragonfliesReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Many years ago, Serena was a well-bred, well-brought-up young woman who had prospects and years of wealth ahead of her. But she didn’t want that. She wanted to be free, be on her own. One night, at a dinner party, she fell in love with a man sitting across from her at the table and they ran off together, forever separating herself from her father and his money. Living in the jungle with Alex, Serena discovered a wild flower that would bend and move at her command. Serena and her little family transplanted that flower back to a private farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her flower, Gardenia potentiae, became her passion and set up her family for generations to come.

Now, three generations later, the precious flower has created a family business like no other before it. Lenore Incorporated sells a specially concocted perfume that allows the wearer to be irresistible in whatever field they are working in. A lawyer becomes the most loved and highest-winning lawyer in the nation. A politician cannot lose a campaign. An actress gets all the coveted parts, plays them well, and wins many awards for doing so.

Mya works with her mother, Willow, running the family’s business. They tend the farm and make sure the contracts are all in order and that the clients using their product keep their silence as to its origin. Willow discovers in a meeting, however, that Mya failed to insert a particular clause into one of the contracts and now they are facing exposure by two of their actresses. Struggling to maintain composure, Willow can’t wait to get back to Mya and get to the bottom of it all.

Lucia, Willow’s other daughter, never had the gift when it came to the Gardenia potentiae or the ability to create potions in the workroom. Mya always had the gift, so it seemed a logical conclusion that Lucia should leave and follow her passion of acting. But when her marriage ends and she comes home to the Mountains, she finds her mother with a failing memory and the family business falling apart. Is it possible to save both? Or will they dissolve the company and each go their own way?

Season of the Dragonflies is a debut novel for Creech and I’m quite impressed. It was a very easy book to read and follow and really threw me for a loop at first. I am not typically a “witches and brew” reader so when I got this book and it read as if the characters were witches of some sort, I was taken aback and began rethinking my book choice. Reminiscent of Practical Magic (a bit), Season of the Dragonflies drew me in and held me until the last page. Can’t wait to see more from Sarah Creech!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.