Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine (as seen on any number of book blogs but that I specifically borrowed from The Candid Cover) that showcases upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. Here at Completely Booked, this week’s pick for Waiting on Wednesday is:
Title: The Secret of a Heart Note
Author: Stacey Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Summary (From Goodreads): An evocative novel about a teen aroma expert who uses her extra-sensitive 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.
Thoughts: I am very much a fan of magical realism, especially in the case of sensory magic. I have a weakness for books that use food or (in the case of Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge) drink as a form of magic, which is why I love certain books by Alice Hoffman, Lisa Van Allen and Sarah Addison Allen. I love magic where you’d least expect it but also where you’d most expect it. Of course perfume is magic, but the execution has to be right and something about Mimosa and Stacey Lee’s story seems like it’ll be sweet and endearing. The perfect read for the cold winter months when it comes out. I look forward to reading this young adult story that sounds so similar to books I’ve loved and I definitely look forward to seeing Stacey Lee as she branches out from historical fiction (which she is incredibly gifted at writing) into a sort of contemporary, coming of age story (which I’m sure she is also incredible at writing). There are so many reasons to look forward to this book and I can’t wait until it comes out.
Are you excited for The Secret of a Heart Note? What books are you waiting on this Wednesday?