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...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, being a fam ...more
Emmeline has been raised by her father on a remote island, s ...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 strongest senses.
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 fr ...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 cause her to be f ...more
Scents have the power to evoke memories and powerful emotions. Certain smells can transport me to special moments in time and place. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could bottle them and save them forever? Emmaline and her father live on a remote island where they are immersed in nature, and they did just that.
Much like sommeliers are super-tasters, they are super-smellers. The cabin is lined with small drawers, each holding a vial containi ...more
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The descriptions are lyrical - a little mystical and poetic - perhaps not to everyone’s taste… but I was in the right mood for the enchanting storytelling.
Those who enjoyed
“Where the Crawdads Sing”.... may enjoy this book too.
Emmeline and her father lived on a quiet small island.
The love between the two of them was heartwarming....
but.... there is much more....
Hint.... ‘scents’ of smel ...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 thrust into th ...more
I did enjoy this book, but didn't love it.
What I loved~
1. The remote island setting.
2. It is well-written and I wanted to follow Emmeline's journey.
3. The mystery and mystical feel of the Parts One and Two.
A few issues I had~
1. Part Three had an entirely different vibe to me. It seemed to lose the magic.
2. The way it ended was disappointing.
It was still enjoyable and many have loved this one. It has been compared to Where The Forest Meets The Stars which was one of my favorite bo ...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 magical reali ...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 fragrance like Alice down the ...more
What brings joy to your heart and mind? Is it the sight of someone you love, the look of the holidays, or is it the smells which engender in your heart and mind the things that you love? Think of the smell of turkey roasting in the oven (bet your mouth has started to water!), of pine, the scent of Christmas trees, of a winter's day, of a new baby, so warm and sweet smelling like the best flower ever, or the outdoors on a crisp autumn day. Don't these smells make you come alive? Yo ...more
Please let me also mention, this book came from the publish ...more
Overall: A beautifully written, lyrical, unique story about love, courage, finding oneself, and scents. A very sweet and light book that was easy and fun to get lost in 4/5 or 7/10
“Back before there was time, I lived with my father on an island, tucked away in an endless archipelago that reached up out of the cold salt water, hungry for air.”
The story starts off on a secluded island in the Pacific Northwest where we meet Emmeline, a young girl who has alwa ...more
However, there were a couple things that I didn't like. First, the characters were flat and most of them were incredibly selfish, with the exception of Henry and Colette, who were essentially used and underappreciated by Emmaline. Other things were unbelievable, such as the main character understanding ...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. Each bottle ...more
This is a beautifully written book about the power is scents, how they can evoke memories, define us and complete us.
Emmeline has always lived on a remote island with her eccentric father. He spun fairytales about their life and possessed a magical machine which captured scents on papers, which he stored in sealed bottles. As she grew older, Emmeline realized that her life with her father was not all that he said it was. At age 12, she is forced to leave the island and ...more
I so enjoyed this very different story about, scents, trying to preserve scents, living isolated on an island, betrayal, love and abuse. Losing a parent, finding a parent. Secrets. Bullying. Coming of age. Some parts are quite heartbreaking.
Without picking apart areas that might seem unbelievable to others, I suggest you go with the flow and just enjoy the story. Let it take along you in it’s journey. It’s got a good opening.
I really ne ...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.
This story capture ...more
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