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Book Review: The Scent Keeper  by Erica Bauermeister

Mixing it up after a couple of heavier reads, The Scent Keeper was actually quite a short book, and a nice change from what I had been reading. People have said this reminds them of Where the Crawdads sing – so if you liked that, you will probably enjoy this one. It’s still on my TBR – must read faster 🙂

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

Genre: Magical Realism, Coming-of-Age Fiction, Domestic Fiction

BUG Rating: 4.5/5

Overall: I’m not sure what drew me to this book, it’s not had a huge amount of hype on social media, but something about it just made me want to read it. I was not disappointed! What’s it about? EVERYTHING. It’s the coming of age story of Emmeline. A young girl living in a remote island with only her father. No other human-being surrounds them. Their cabin is lined with tiny drawers, each containing tiny vials of scents. They must not be opened, they must be protected. It’s the only life Emmeline has ever known, until one day it’s not. I can’t say any more without totally spoiling it. It’s like no other story. It’s magical, it’s thought- provoking, it’s sad, it’s about memories that make and define us. And it left me feeling somewhat heavy hearted. It’s a book I won’t forget for a long, long time.

It was proof of everything we had been – and everything I had done to us. It was the best and the worst of me.

Plot:

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.


Pros:

+ Totally thought-provoking

+ The magical element and lyrical writing. It was captivating and mesmerising

+ Of course the characters – Emmeline, Fisher, her father … all of them!

Cons:

– I really loved it all!


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