Beautiful writing; enchanting story 🥰
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Oh how I absolutely loved this book. It had everything I look for in a great story, pulling me in immediately. I loved watching Emmeline grow up from a curious little girl to a woman figuring out who she is in this world. There's a whimsical beauty in The Scent Keeper that I savored the entire time, wishing the book would never end. There a definitely some serious and heartbreaking moments here but somehow the writing is kept light throughout.
4.5 ★ Oooh this book. Seriously this was so much more than what I was expecting. A coming of age story, parental relationships and a lovely tribute to our olfactory sense. Loved it all.
This book is a gift that I did not expect. The story is one of the most unusual and imaginative I‘ve read in years, and the characters by turns fascinating and exasperating. I first became interested in the properties of scent, particularly of how scent can trigger memories, when caring for an elderly relative in her last days. Scent was a trigger for her and she shared the loveliest memories with her family during those difficult days.
Whoa, this book. Where do I even begin? Engaging, curious, strange, infuriating, confusing, heartwarming, hopeful. These are just some of the words I can easily throw out there when I think of "The Scent Keeper" by Erica Bauermeister. It has elements I tend to gravitate toward in books: Magic, nature, magical realism, connecting to one or more of the five senses. [Rest in comments] #booksbrewsandbooze ?: Via Erica Bauermeister, IG
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I really wanted to love this book, but I struggled with some aspects. I would definitely read this author again, but this was just so-so for me. The writing is great, but I felt the character lacked consistency and the back half declined from the very strong middle.
Thank you to St. Martin's Press, Netgalley and Erica Bauermeister for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.
Publication Date: 5/21/19
This book was simply beautiful! I know it will linger with me for a long, long time. It is a coming-of-age story, and the sense of smell plays a prominent role here. I hesitate to say much more because the heavenly words/imagery of Emmeline‘s story should be discovered and savored on one‘s own. At once, heartwarming and heartbreaking. I look forward to reading this author‘s backlist as writing like this is rare and wonderful. 🔽
“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.”
The Scent Keeper, Erica Bauermeister
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Bear with me, I may be sharing quite a few quotes as the imagery in this book has me mesmerized! Beautifully written!! 💙💙💙
“We are the unwitting characters of our parents‘ secrets, the ripples made by stones we never saw thrown.”
Excited to start this one coming out in May!
Such a provocative sentence to begin a book...❤️
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I absolutely love this book, I could not put it down! Magical and mysterious, heartbreaking and joyful! My review won't fit in the allowed space here so I'll include the link. But do yourself a favor and add this to your stack!
OMG, you guys! This book! I just started reading this advanced copy and I'm blown away! I was immediately struck by the beautifully descriptive writing, like reading the finest poetry! Three parts and many chapters make up this book and just getting through part one has flayed me open and left me feeling raw! I've wanted to quit several times already, I don't want to hurt for emmaline anymore! And yet I can't! I can't stop, I can't put it down!
That (great) feeling when you think “Jeez, it‘s been a long time since I‘ve seen anything new from *insert author whose books you enjoy here.* I wonder if they have anything new coming out soon” and when you look them up on Goodreads they actually *do.* Looking forward to reading this new one by Erica Bauermeister. She‘s an author I discovered through book blogging, and I just loved The School of Essential Ingredients!