Book Review: The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

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An evocative novel about a teen aroma expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to mix perfumes that help others fall in love while protecting her own heart at all costs.

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.

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★★★★★(5 stars)

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Mimosa is born and trained to be an aromateur, a girl with an extraordinary sense of smell who makes people fall in love but should never fall in love herself.

But one day, everything went wrong and she is caught in a whirlpool of events that will test her nose and even her most protected heart.

  • arrowsIt is so lusciously written that reading alone makes my nostrils tingle. It is not an easy task to describe flower scents in words especially if the difference is very subtle. In this novel, the author really did a great job in differentiating each and every scent in words even a non-aromateur will understand.

  • I am loving the “last words” concept of the book which serves as an introduction to every chapter in the story. I love how the author begins with poetry. It serves as a fresh start and sometimes, a really good piece of advice.
  • My favorite is the hint of Pharmacognosy. For most of you who are wondering what it is, it’s branch of pharmacology dealing with medicinal substances of biological origin especially medicinal substances obtained from plants. I have always loved this subject back when I was in college and a touch of it made the book even more interesting. Just reading the novel takes me back when I was extracting the flowers and coffee beans in the laboratory. (Smiles)
  • The romance is light. Not too sour and not too sweet. Just the perfect blend for people who are looking for something easy going to read.

  • There was a time when I got a little bit annoyed with the redundancy of each scent descriptions in the novel. The author is clearly over-reminding me of what disappointment, frustration and so on smells like but as soon as I get in the middle, I realized, there is a reason for all of that and you should read the book to find out. (Winks)

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I really recommend this book to all of you especially those who liked the book Everything Everything. It is light, very refreshing and cute. So if you are looking for a perfect one sitting spring read, this is the perfect book for you.

Till my next review!

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