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The Scent Keeper

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,191 ratings  ·  414 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by St. Martin's Press (first published May 2019)
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Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

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,
Larry H
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
4.5 stars.

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
Katie B
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the synopsis for this book I was a bit concerned about whether or not I could possibly enjoy a story that revolved around scents. It just did not seem like something up my alley. But because the book was getting some really positive reviews, I decided to take a chance on it, and I am so glad I did. And guess what? I really grew to love the role scents and people's sense of smell played in the book. It was a fascinating read.

Emmeline has been raised by her father on a remo
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
If you loved Where the Forest Meets the z Stars ir When Crawdads Sing, don't miss this beautiful book! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

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
This is a very difficult book for me to review. There are parts that I really liked and there are parts that I really didn't. I think the one thing that helps with these middle of the road reviews is identifying for others if the author is worth reading again. My answer would be yes. There were a few books that I was reminded of while reading this - The Great Alone, Where the Crawdads Sing and The Unseen World. If either of those pique your interest, then I suggest you give this book a try.

Emmeline lives with
𝓔𝓿𝓸𝓬𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓿𝓮. 𝓔𝓬𝓬𝓮𝓷𝓽𝓻𝓲𝓬. 𝓔𝓵𝓮𝓰𝓪𝓷𝓽.

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
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

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
DJ Sakata
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won, real-book
Having always been fascinated how a smell can evoke an immediate memory I was excited to read this and it lived up to my expectations. The writing is beautiful, and I mean there were sentences that literally stopped me, and with an inhalation of breath, I would read them again and be instantly moved with emotion. Sometimes that emotion was tears and sometimes I felt sucker-punched the emotion was so raw. Always intense. Always beautiful.

Please let me also mention, this book came from
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, arc
Emmeline and her father live on a small island—all alone and in the middle of nowhere. Emmeline knows next to nothing about how they got there, and whenever she works up the courage to ask her father, he only answers in riddles or short “end of conversation!” statements. She loves the island, and she loves her father, so she doesn’t push.

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.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
I have been an avid fan of Erica Bauermeister since I read her first novel, The School of Essential Ingredients and I was not disappointed when reading The Scent Keeper. This is a coming-of-age story about Emmeline, a young child brought to an unhabited island by her father. She is raised there while being taught how to use her senses, especially her sense of smell. Her childhood is happy, leaving her completely ignorant of life outside of this small island and she is not prepared when she finds ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coming-of-age
This is my second book by this author and I really like Erica Bauermeister. The Scent Keeper is about a family of perfume or scent makers. There is a lot more to the story but it centers around a young woman Emmeline and her unique olfactory gift. I really liked this novel and I think it is definitely worth reading although I have to admit that I was a little lost in the beginning. The story really started to come together about a quarter of the way into it.
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
"The scents are alive. I listen to them whisper. They tell me things.”

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.
Karen Kay
I received this from for a review.

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.

Elizabeth George
The author hits it out of the park with the most superb sense of place I've read in a long time. The novel takes place somewhere in the Pacific Northwest among an archipelago of islands, which Bauermeister makes absolutely real. The story involves a machine meant to capture scent in order to stimulate emotion and memory. It's a coming of age tale, featuring a young heroine as narrator who makes serious mistakes, learns much from them, and ultimately redeems herself. Beautifully and masterfully w ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book focuses on scents, memories, and family in the most unique way that I immediately fell in love with! From the gorgeous cover to the lyrical writing, this book was absolutely beautiful. It was such a nice break from all the thrillers I’ve read lately and the author transports the reader to a magical place with each chapter as you follow along on Emmeline’s journey of self-discovery. Based on the synopsis, I was intrigued but worried it would be almost too fanciful. But this was quite th ...more
Laura G (lauralovestoread)
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I went into reading The Scent Keeper completely blind, but I loved the writing of it so much! Right away, I knew that I would love this book. The literary feel, the somewhat magical realism elements that I love, and the rich story of Emmeline as a child to her coming of age as a woman, all drew me in.

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
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a digital ARC. Put this on your May TBR. Fans of Where The Crawdads Sing and The Great Alone will especially like this one. But while a coming of age story where a child lives alone in remote land (this one with her father), this is a uniquely original story. The writing is beautiful and vivid. I didn’t want this one to end.
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.

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
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Apparently a story revolving around scents bores me. Now I know.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2019
4.5 ★ Oooh this book. Seriously this was so much more than what I was expecting. A coming of age story, parental relationships and a wonderful tribute to our olfactory sense. Loved it all.
I thought time would soften the blow but it hasn’t. I absolutely loved this book up until the last page. Such an abrupt and disappointing ending that I cannot and will not recommend this book to anyone! And while you’ll miss out on reading a wonderful story- I’ll save you from disappointment, anger and frustration at the end!
Rebecca Rosenberg
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and unique story of smellp

Wow, really enjoyed this take which twists and turns again. Fairytale clues, smells as memory, treachery and violence and love. Highly crafted, and beautiful imagery. Lots to ponder on many levels.
Carol (Reading Ladies)
4.5 stars

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
Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
|Thank you @stmartinspress and @netgalley for my digital copy of The Scent Keeper|
“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.”
Erica Bauermeister
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
Kate (kate_reads_)
Some books are more than a story you read - they somehow draw you in and are a fully immersive experience. You are in the world - seeing what’s described, hearing the background noises - and in this case, smelling all the scents described.

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
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been quite some time since I've fallen in love with a story like I have with The Scent Keeper. Emmeline won me over from the very beginning and I got lost in the gorgeous, lyrical writing. Friends, this is one 2019 release you will not want to miss!

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
Emmeline lives on an isolated island with her father in the Pacific Northwest. Her father has a magical machine that he uses to capture scents. He store the scent papers in sealed bottles in drawers in their cottage. As Emmeline grows, so does her curiosity, and when tragedy strikes, Emmeline is rescued by the man that used to make their deliveries and is taken to the mainland, where she quickly learns that the world is not as small as she thought it was.

The Scent Keeper seems to be divided into thre
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting forever for a new book by Erica Bauermeister. This book was definitely worth the wait. As her previous books weave magical realism with food, this one does with scents. Memories, longings, emotions. Beauermeister is a wonderful writer, her stories are lush and imaginative. My heart was broken through much of it, the story was just sad and sweet and lovely. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. I loved it.
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Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of four novels -- The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, The Lost Art of Mixing, and The Scent Keeper (coming in May, 2019 from St, Martin's ). Her memoir, House Lessons, will be published by Sasquatch in the spring of 2020. She is also the co-author of 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader's Guide and Let's Hear It For the Girls: 375 Grea ...more
“We sat in silence, letting the green in the air heal what it could.” 4 likes
“Scents were always about what was growing and what was dying. What would last through the next season. This was just with people instead of trees or flowers or dirt. Maybe I could read them after all. The thought gave me hope.” 2 likes
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