The Secret of a Heart Note
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The Secret of a Heart Note


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.

Title:The Secret of a Heart Note
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:384 pages

    The Secret of a Heart Note Reviews

  • Sarah
    Sep 29, 2016

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “Love witches can’t love.” This was a YA magical realism story, abou...

  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    May 12, 2016

    The Secret of a Heart Note is everything I wanted in a book, and more. The other week, I was just pondering how difficult it is to find a light book about people of color, where, we experience racism,...

  • Jacqueline
    Jan 17, 2017

    4/5 starsVideo Review: this being my first Stacey Lee book I was ecstatic to read it since I have heard nothing but wonderful things about her other works....

  • Alexa
    Sep 09, 2016

    4.75 stars. You know when you read a book that just makes you feel all warm and wonderful on the inside? That leaves you with an ear to ear grin when you finish? That was this book for me. I fell in l...

  • YA Wednesdays
    Dec 19, 2016

    In the world of The Secret of a Heart Note, an aromateur is a love witch who works with scents to create the perfect combination of scents that make people fall in love. They are hired by those seekin...

  • Claire
    Sep 15, 2016

    The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee is a perfect spice of romance and growing up. In addition, Lee adds a nice little touch of magic to the general story with our adorable main character, Mim, be...

  • Mnica Bustamante Wagner
    Apr 04, 2015

    This book!! I love this book--even though I read an early version, I thought it was sooo original. I loved the elixir magic, how the love witches mixed the spells, and how they worked. Mim, the protag...

  • Kelly Gilbert
    Feb 29, 2016

    Charming, funny, romantic, and so quintessentially Stacey Lee. I loved this book....

  • nick
    Nov 23, 2016

    Stacey Lee has fast become one of my favorite YA authors. She pens stories that are real, raw and hopeful, the kind of stories that anyone can relate to no matter what cultural background they come fr...

  • T (novelparadise)
    Jan 09, 2017

    Actual rating: 5 This was my first 5 star read of 2017 and it was really enjoyable! This was my first Stacey Lee book and it certainly won't be my last. I loved Lee's writing style and the way she c...

About Stacey Lee

Stacey  Lee

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perk