The Secret of A Heart Note

The Secret of A Heart Note

Book - 2016
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An aroma expert embarks on what she fears will be a life of solitude and dreams of a normal high school existence before an accident leads to an unexpected forbidden romance.
As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, Mimosa knows her future holds a lifetime of using her sense of smell to mix base notes, top notes, and heart notes into elixirs that help others fall in love-- while she remains alone. Mimosa dreams of a normal high school existence and having a boyfriend, but falling in love would take away her talent. When she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman, she must rely on the high school soccer star for help... and discovers that sometimes falling in love isn't a choice....
Publisher: New York, NY :, Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062428325
Branch Call Number: Y FIC LEE
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 11, 2018

Mimosa is one of the only aromateurs left on the planet and because of her rare ability to smell emotions, she knows she can never fall in love since it would make her power disappear. Nevertheless, she still dreams of having a normal high school life and maybe even a love interest. But those dreams are put to a hold when a powerful elixir is accidentally used by an unsuspecting victim. Mimosa has to resolve this issue quickly and decides to ask Court for his aid since it’s his mom that drank the elixir. Along the journey, Mimosa learns that although love is beautiful, it also isn’t a choice. This is one of my favorites because the author spins together so many unique elements together to make the perfect love story. The plot is very interesting and is exploring the perspective of an aromateur and the struggles that come with that role. The two main characters had a strong and genuine bond that made us root for them. Rating:5/5
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May 08, 2017

I loved this book so much! I read a couple reviews that called it a modern California fairy tale and it really feels like that; it sort of reminds me of Practical Magic and Chocolat in the charming, witchy love aspects, meets Clueless for the mix ups. The aromateurs had such an interesting history and I love that this book had a fresh concept. It felt really unique! The characters were rich and complex, and I especially loved Mim. She was so relatable in her wish to be a normal teenager while still having this amazing gift. And the writing! The descriptions were lush and inviting, so easy to imagine the scents and smells. I've always had a thing about smells btw, and how they relate to memories. It never felt overdone to me; it was whimsical but not cloying. And the book was romantic! So romantic, though I loved that it focused on familial love and friendship too. Highly recommended :)

Feb 07, 2017

This book is really unique - the whole idea of being able to smell emotions is totally different from anything I've seen before and I enjoyed reading it. There were so many flowers and plants mentioned that I didn't even know half of them. I liked the overall story, but there were a few things I didn't like. I liked her other two books better, but I recommend this for teens who want to read something unusual with a cute love story.


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