This is the first novel by Sarah Creech, and I was impressed. I had this book sitting on my shelf for a little while and kept putting off reading it. The description did not grab my full attention: family perfume business run by women…blah blah blah…why did I want to read about perfume? Let me tell you, I assumed quite incorrectly. The story is sensual, heartwarming, painful, full of magic and mystery and there are a few attractive men thrown in and they seem to know their way around a woman. Wink-wink.
The story follows the Lenore women of the Blue Ridge Mountains who have had an unusual and extremely successful business making perfume from a rare gardenia. They only sell the perfume to a select few who are willing to pay millions for it. They have been able to keep their perfume a secret for over three generations, but now something has changed. The flowers are dying. Willow and her two daughters, Mya and Lucia, must find a way to save the business without giving up their secret as well as find a way to love each other and find love themselves.
I loved the characters….the men were adorable…Ben, Luke and James. The women were all unique with their own distinct voices….I read this in a rushed frenzy drinking in the lives of these characters in the picturesque town of Quartz Hollow.