Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech
Lenore Incorporated makes perfume for a select number of hand-picked clients. A flower brought back from Borneo by the company founder is the secret ingredient in the perfume that changes the body chemistry of its users making the chosen excel in their professions. Fortuitously, Lucia, Mya’s calmer and more focused sister, returns home after her marriage and plans to be an actress don’t pan out as she had hoped. Lucia is hoping to recharge and plan the next phase in her life but she returns to a company in crisis: a client contract horribly executed and the rare family flowers devastatingly ill. Can the crop, and the Lenore family and business, be saved?
Fans of magical realism by Sarah Addison Allen and Alice Hoffman will find plenty to like here. But know that this is a bit darker than Allen’s southern fiction, although all ends on a relatively high note.