The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee


51knd9eqlzl        The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee,  Katherine Tegen Books, 9780062428325, c2016.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Romance fiction

What did you like about the book? Welcome to the world of aromateurs, women with extraordinary abilities to smell emotions and people’s heart notes to help create elixirs to help them find love. Mim, short of Mimosa, is the daughter of Dahlia, together they work with flowers and plants to create magical ‘love potions’ to help their clients.  Their family’s powers go back  hundreds of years. Mim has just started high school at 15 and wants to stay there, her mother wants her to focus on her talent and their work.

When one of Mim’s teachers comes for some help it starts a snowball of events that builds and builds till the very end of the story. Called a witch, or love witch by her classmates, most of whom fear her, Mim tries to fix a mistake of giving the potion to the wrong person that could cause devastating things to happen to friends that she cares for and their families as well.

Her best friend, Kali, is Samoan and hiding a secret. While trying to protect that secret Mim experiences all sorts of emotions, mostly around the cute soccer star, Court Sawyer who befriends her. She thinks he’s attracted to her like the other boys because of her exposure to all the flowers and plants she and her mother use in their work.  This has caused problems and she needs to constantly spray BBG–Boys Be Gone–a tincture that blocks her scent. But is that the real reason? When Court’s mother becomes the unwary victim of the elixir, things really heat up between them.

The descriptions of Mim’s home and the garden she and her mother live in are lovely and really put the reader among the beautiful, mostly made up, flowers and plants that the author details.

Fans of Stacey Lee’s other books, Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon will love her newest story with all their heart notes.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?   Fans of Lee’s other titles, readers of magical realism will also enjoy this book.

Who should buy this book?  High Schools and Public Libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Romance, magical realism, YA Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Maria Touet, Pope John XXIII High School, Everett, MA

Date of review: February 10, 2017

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