The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister
“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.”
Have you ever been in a reading funk? A couple of months ago I was having a hard time becoming fully immersed in anything I was reading. When St. Martin’s Press reached out and offered the opportunity to join their spring book tour for The Scent Keeper, I gladly accepted. I was ready to try something new and I was super intrigued by the summary of Erica Bauermeister’s newest fiction novel.
I dove right into the Scent Keeper that weekend and it was one of those books that just took me away from the very first page. The scenes are described so beautifully and I was was able to picture everything so perfectly from Bauermeister’s incredible storytelling. If you would like to learn more about Bauermeister, I was able to ask her some questions about this book and her work as an author last week and you can find that post HERE.
The Scent Keeper is a coming of age story with the element of incorporating the senses, in particular, the power of scent. The characters are raw and flawed, which I always find makes stories so much stronger. There are hidden secrets, self-discovery, and transformation, and the ending will leave you guessing but also feeling open to the power of your own imagination. When thinking of the genre this would fit into, it really is in the realm of its own.
If you enjoyed Where The Crawdads Sing and The Great Alone, I feel like this would be a wonderful addition to your spring and summer reading list. The Scent Keeper takes you away into a place you probably haven’t traveled to before in your reading world, and I can’t wait to read what Bauermeister comes out with next.
A huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press for having me on their blog tour and offering me the chance to share about this wonderful novel, AND providing one of my readers with a book giveaway of the Scent Keeper.