May 20, 2019
The Scent Keeper
The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister
2019 St. Martin's Press
Finished on May 16, 2019
Rating: 3/5 (Good)
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.
I'm a big fan of Erica Bauermeister's books and I've read and loved all three of her previous novels: The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, and The Lost Art of Mixing. I was thrilled when I won an ARC of this latest release earlier last month from Goodreads. I started reading it while we were on our roadtrip and got pulled in from the opening pages.
Mystical realism is subtly infused within the pages and the writing is lovely, but sadly, I lost interest when I reached the third portion of the story. I never felt a connection with any of the characters or their dilemmas and the ending was quite abrupt, adding to my disappointment. I really wanted to love this book, as I have her others, but it was simply not a favorite of mine by this wonderful author. If you haven't read any of her previous works, please don't let my review discourage you from trying this one or any of her others. I will certainly continue to read whatever she publishes, as this may have been a case of bad timing on my part.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.