The Secret of a Heart note -Book Review

“Somewhere between right and wrong lies a garden surrounded by thorns, and I have met you there.”

The Secret of a Heart note by Stacey Lee is an amazing read about something I’ve never heard of -Aromateurs and their love elixirs.

The Secret of a Heart Note

Book Blurb

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.

My thoughts..

What if feelings and emotions had a smell? What if like thumbprint, all of us had our own scent prints?

Otherwise called as love witches, the aromateurs are experts at mixing the right kind of flowers based on scentprint of a person and concocting an elixir that will be used to spray on their love interest. If there was a spark already, this elixir will make it possible for the other person to acknowledge it and act on it.

According to her mom, Mimosa and she are the last aromateurs left on earth,  as Mim’s aunt Bryony had lost her sense of smell (heightened/ hypersensitive) after kissing a guy (and falling in love). Also they are always around flower pollen, that its easy for other humans to get ‘infected’ if there’s skin contact and they become love sick towards them.

So the catch is, they can create magic in other’s lives, but can’t fall in love, not at the cost of losing their ‘gift’.

Mim longs for a normal teenage life, the angst and the lovesick feeling. But she needs to take care of their garden, weed, concoct and serve their customers. What happens when an elixir is given to the wrong subject and how she tries to rectify her mistake is what follows next. One important thing is, her wrong subject is the mother of her high school heartthrob who she secretly crushes on – Coach who smells like “Campfire -charred cedar, roasted hickory, fir needles”.

I loved how feelings and emotions were compared to flower scents.  Like the dandelion refers to ‘flirtation’ and hope smells like pink hydrangea and disappointment smells like a fog. A different kind of magic and an almost star-crossed lead pair.. I loved this book and everything about it. Though i don’t know about much of the flowers she has mentioned in the book, i could see the effort Stacey has put into studying each of them – color, a possible emotion to connect it with etc. Unique, refreshing and ambrosial 🙂

If only everyone were able to smell feelings and react accordingly, the world would be a better and fun place to live 🙂

My rating is 4.5/5 🙂

Publishers : Katherine Tegen Books | Available at Amazon.in

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After all this time..

When someone asks you who’s your best friend, we immediately say a name. That’s during school. Same question when asked during college, we hesitate a little. Because we have the best friends from school and college now. It doesn’t get complicated, but the happy circle grows. 

Same question when asked now, when you are married/middle aged/old , brings about so many happy memories. You look back and remember all those precious moments.. every single time spent with friends or moments that strengthened that beautiful bond.

I’ve had my share of best friends coupled with lots n lots of drama too. Best friend from school considers me her no.1 enemy now. Other besties are busy with kids and the rare phone calls and chance meetings keep it alive. 

College.. My four years of engineering was made tolerable because of friends. Especially two of them. To this day, I thank the stars for those two in my life. Hailing from an all girls school, college was the second place which was co-Ed. First one was, of course Std XII tuition where I met B. 😝

These two friends have always been there for me no matter what, without *Conditions applied. I can go on and list the things they’ve done for me, but it will be endless. 

My relationship with B happened and because those two friends were guys, we drifted apart. I’m still in touch with them, but things are not how it used to be. They maintain a safe distance and keep conversations limited because they wouldn’t want to come between B and me. 

So why this flashback.. Today these two idiots had gone back to college and posted pictures. Nothing special about it, you might say. The three of us, are fr different departments. While they had posted pictures of them with a gang in several odd spots of the campus, one picture in particular made me smile. 

They had taken a picture, just the two of them in front of my department. They wanted me to be a part of that moment, is what I kept thinking. And in such a discreet way of letting me know it.  

To others, it’s a normal picture. To me, it was everything! 

 

PC -click on picture for source.  

A messed up relationship

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Infinity was what we had in mind when we were together. Yeah the silly fights and wordless days have been there, but 2 years is a really long time for not talking, dont u think?
BFFs…. The first face that comes to my mind when i come across that word is you. Whenever i come across a friendship quote, or read something related to school life, watch the pretty little liars being there for one another.. All i could do is sigh and think of you. I don’t even remember how it all started, or the words exchanged, but i do regret them every single day. Best friend or boyfriend… y did life give me an awkward choice? I wanted us to be together, wanted things to be better between you and him. In a way, i knew him through you and i am forever grateful for that. You hated him. Never think i’m taking sides, coz he hated you too, but he respected my feelings and decided to put things aside. But everything tumbled out of control, and all thats left is me missing you.
There’s that longing deep inside.. that the 5 of us should hang out together, laugh like crazy.. Reminisce our good ol’ skool days.. Plan out our weddings..
Do you remember the first letter you sent when i was in Pune? Maybe i started caring more for you after that.. Maybe thats when i crossed a line and interfered more in your love life. All i wanted was to make sure you made the right decision. I’m sorry if i had been OTT…
I just hope someday you would wake up and realize what we had.

Happy Birthday Liya.. Its not and never will be the same without you.

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Well, that’s just an excuse..