Tuesday, September 11, 2018

How Do Legacies Stretch?

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 Dragonflies.  Which sister will take over the business?


For 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, creates one special elixir that secretly sells for millions of dollars to the world’s most powerful—movie stars, politicians, artists, and CEOs. The Lenore’s signature perfume is actually the key to their success.
Willow, the coolly elegant Lenore family matriarch, is the brains behind the company. Her gorgeous, golden-haired daughter Mya is its heart. Like her foremothers, she can “read” scents and envision their power. Willow’s younger daughter, dark-haired, soulful Lucia, claims no magical touch, nor does she want any part of the family business. She left the mountains years ago to make her own way. But trouble is brewing. Willow is experiencing strange spells of forgetfulness. Mya is plotting a coup. A client is threatening blackmail. And most ominously, the unique flowers used in their perfume are dying.

Whoever can save the company will inherit it. Though Mya is the obvious choice, Lucia has begun showing signs of her own special abilities. And her return to the mountains—heralded by a swarm of blue dragonflies—may be the answer they all need. (Amazon)

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this novel.  I always am interested in family sagas and how the author influences the direction of the story.  This story for example is about sisters, and each have their own gifts.  I was drawn from the first page where the author shares about the beginning of the business.  Who would run the business in the future?  Who is the possible heir apparent?  The author goes onto explore the conflict between both sisters Mya and Lucia.  One wants to control her destiny while the other is just looking for direction, in her life.  How often do we as readers feel that our lives take us down one path only to turn down another?   The plot is not predictable and readers will not see who wins control of the business until the end.  This novel is page turner and one that I was able to finish with great satisfaction.  

I look forward to reading more by Sarah Creech in the future.  You can purchase her current book here.