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

  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    Mar 19, 2015

    The Secret of a Heart Note is everything I wanted in a book. It’s the perfect read for To All the Boys I’ve Loved You fans.  It’s incredibly difficult to find a light book about people of color...

  • 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...

  • Jacqueline
    Jan 14, 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....

  • Aditi
    Nov 23, 2016

    “The unnatural and the strange have a perfume of their own” ----Fernando PessoaStacey Lee, a Chinese-American author, pens a charming tale of young love and perfume in her new young adult book, ...

  • taryn (sunlitlibrary)
    Jan 08, 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...

  • Stacee
    Dec 09, 2016

    I downloaded this on a whim, but wasn't quite sure what to expect. I loved Mim. She's smart and well meaning and probably one of the most genuine MC's I've read before. I loved being in her head. Ther...

  • Alexa
    Feb 18, 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...

  • Fiderly
    Feb 18, 2017

    Finally got around to immersing myself into this novel. I loved it so much! All the diverse characters, the scent descriptions, botanical details, the plot everything. I loved every bit of this book a...

  • Cookie
    Jan 01, 2017

    you can read my review HERE as well, if you'd like!---What an adorably unique book! As my first novel by Stacey Lee, I can proudly say that I loved this book and I do hope more people read it. Lee com...

  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    Feb 25, 2016

    Mim and her mother are the last two aromateurs on Earth. They use their divine sense of smell to mix love potions for other people. But Mim starts to fall in love and that is forbidden because she cou...

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