“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.
This story captures that magic – of a girl named Emmeline, whose entire life is shaped by fragrance – by the memory that it holds, the beauty it releases and some long buried secrets it conceals. We follow her from a tiny secluded island where scents are captured and bottled by a tiny mysterious machine by her beloved father. But when the unspeakable happens and Emmeline must travel beyond the walls of their tiny remote cabin, she begins a journey to unearth her identity and find the one scent that reveals her truth.
This story is magical, and I never wanted it to end. It was lyrical and poetic and I felt like I could smell every page and be transported right into the story. Although the ending felt a bit abrupt to me (I really wanted to revisit some characters and places I had grown to adore!) I think, in reality – I just didn’t want the story to ever finish! I could have read Emmeline’s story far into her future, but I’ll have to revisit and remember, on my own, in my thoughts – and perhaps, even a smell one day – just walking down the street.
Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Press having me on their blog tour and for the advanced copy of this wonderful book that is available Tuesday, May 21st!
And you can get it here!
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (May 21, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 125020013X
- ISBN-13: 978-1250200136
Or you can win a copy from me!
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About the Book:
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.
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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.