The Scent Keeper
Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.
Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural w...more
A book about senses, about scents, and how they can transport us places, bringing up memories, and reminding us of important events in our lives. Have you ever heard the question, "If you could give up one of your senses which would you give up?" Many may choose the ability to smell. Many would choose differently after reading this book.
This is also a book about secrets, about growing up, about finding love, about grief, and about starting over. It's about finding a friend, ...more
I'm honored to be part of the blog tour for Erica Bauermeister's incredibly memorable new novel, The Scent Keeper .
Scents can provide some of our most potent memories, our strongest sense of time and place. It could be a perfume or cologne worn by someone you love, a freshly baked treat you remember from childhood, even the smell of the air after a rainstorm. Bauermeister's beautifully told book is an illustration of a life lived through embracing one of our stronges ...more
Emmeline has been raised by her father on a remo ...more
Emmeline has a charmed childhood. She lives on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the world through the various senses.
There’s a machine in their home that creates scents, and all kinds of fragrances are stored in drawers that cover the walls. Emmeline’s father doesn’t talk about that, though.
Emmeline becomes more impetuous, and her actions cau ...more
I want to say upfront that a 3 star rating isn't bad in my opinion. Although I didn't fall in love with this book, I did like it. Erica Bauermeister puts her young protagonist, Emmeline on an emotional rollercoaster ride. Throughout this story as Emmeline leaves her remote island, struggles adapting to life, and then heads to the city to investigate unanswered questions, we do enter the world of fragrance ...more
Emmeline lives with ...more
Erica Bauermeister has crafted a unique and lovely tail about secrets, forgiveness, and the power of scent. Emmeline spent the first 12 years of her life living on an isolated island with her beloved father. All they had was each other, the trees, their cabin, and a drawers of fragrance. As Emmeline gets older she knows there is more behind her father’s obsession with cent then he is telling her, but what is it? After a tragedy Emmeline finds herself th ...more
A few months ago, I was invited to participate in the blog tour for this book and after reading the summary, I accepted the invite even though I did have a little bit of hesitation about the story. The reason for my hesitation was because I had never before read any books or stories that revolved entirely around scents and smells and wondered what kind of a story this would turn out to be. Also, reading the summary, I got the impression at first that this would lean toward m ...more
We are the unwitting carriers of our parents’ secrets, the ripples made by stones we never saw thrown… We humans are almost entirely made of water, except for the stones of our secrets.
I remember the way the rain seemed to talk to the roof as I fell asleep, and how the fire would snap and tell it to be quiet… I could feel the tendrils of a fragrance tickling the inside of my nose, slipping into the curls of my black hair… I inhaled, and fell into the fragr ...more
Please let me also mention, this book came from ...more
What she does know is that they need to protect the scents. In their small cabin is a whole wall of tiny drawers filled with little corked bottles. ...more
Have you ever been just casually walking down the street and all of a sudden there’s a scent, maybe just the slightest, lightest smell … that just transports you instantly back to a time, a place, a thought? It happens to us all. It’s nostalgia, and wonder, and definitely a bit of magic… all rolled into one amazing fragrance – one vivid memory that comes barreling back to us just from that tiny, little whiff.
Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses.
Quick read, nice coming of age story, I look forward to reading more by this author.
Emmeline lives on an island with her father, and realizes that certain scents are stored away as memories in small rolls of paper, each tucked away safely in each bottle. Her life on the ...more
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the chance to read this novel early.
Calling all fans of The Great Alone and Where the Crawdads Sing, this book is a must-read for you. Granted, those comparisons are quite loose, but this book will easily resonate with that particular set of readers. The Scent Keeper is supremely unique and truly unlike anything I’ve ever read before. I loved the idea of capturing scents, as it is something I have been wishing for/>Thanks ...more
Thanks to #NetGalley #StMartinsPress for a free digital copy of #TheScentKeeper in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Emmeline lives on a small isolated and remote island with her father. They function as survivalists by foraging and growing their own food. Even though Emmeline and her father are isolated, the father has a contact who arrives by boat and occasionally delivers items that can't be acquired on the island. Emmeline's father teache ...more
“I listened, while scents found their hiding places in the cracks in the floorboards, and the words of the story, and the rest of my life.”
I loved this book y’all. I’ve been in a bit of a funk and this book was absolutely lovely.
It really put off strong Crawdad vibe to begin with and then ended in a different place, coming full circle. The characters ha ...more
At the start of the book, Emmaline and her father are living alone on a remote island - she hasn’t seen another person at all that she can remember. Her father tells her fabulous stories about a Scent hunter and teaches her to follow her nose.
This was a readi ...more
For starters, this novel has to have one of the most unique storylines I've read. The use of scent as a plot device was brilliant and enthralling, and it made it that much easier to sink into this story and lost track of my surroundings. I ...more
The Scent Keeper seems to be divided into thre ...more