Where do I begin? When I first started reading The Scent Keeper I wasn’t sure how I felt. The comparisons to The Great Alone and Where the Crawdads Sing gave me some ideas of what to expect, but what I found was a completely unique and enthralling story.
The Scent Keeper tells the story is Emmeline, a girl raised on a remote island by her father. She is taught how to hunt and gather, and to use her gift of scent to not only find food but to also find and savor memories.
Emmeline is a strong, relatable and damaged character. The scents themselves where a whole other character, full of their own power and stories. I don’t think I’ll ever smell perfume or fragrance the same again.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book: 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 world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.
Lyrical and immersive, The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.
About the Author: Erica Bauermeister is the author of the bestselling novel The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, and The Lost Art of Mixing. She is also the co-author of the non-fiction works, 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Washington, and has taught there and at Antioch University. She is a founding member of the Seattle7Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington.