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The Scent Keeper

A Novel
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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A Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick

"This month we are listening to The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister and y’all...it is SO GOOD! It’s a beautiful story about a young woman, Emmaline, confronting the modern world for the very first time. As she embarks on a journey of digging up her past, she is confronted with truth about love, family, and who she really is. Let's embark on this magical journey together!" (Reese Witherspoon)

"Woven through [Emmeline's] life's journey is a multi-layered story of fragrance and its evocative power, as strong and tenacious as this sensuous novel's plucky heroine." (Shelf Awareness)

Erica Bauermeister, the national best-selling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age audiobook 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.

©2019 Erica Bauermeister (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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l loved it! Different yet familiar. 5*

Families. All so complex.
Dive in to read about how scent can be so descriptive of people and places.

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Weak female character

I dislike females written as weak people who make bad choices and do not know have to change their lives. Annoying and boring.

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Thoughtful

At the start I wasn't sure about this story, however, it took me over and as we ended journey I wept. This story is... Well I'm not sure as it touched me.

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  • Marlyn Dahl
  • 12-06-2019

A heavy, sad read.

This is one of the saddest books I’ve ever read. I’m so sorry It is now in my “memory bank”.

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  • Gretel
  • 06-02-2020

Beautiful. Had to write.<br />

I almost didn't get this book, because a a review that said it was so sad. What? My life is 100x sader then this wonderful amazing tale. Real life mixed with the magic of scents. Just a warm wonderful story with characters full of flaws and convoluted reasoning just like we tell ourselves.
Get it. I will read it again. And I never write reviews and have listened to 180 audible books.
Worth the credit!!

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  • jim
  • 18-11-2019

Interesting subject and well written

I enjoyed reading a new and different subject and how scent can play a part in our lives. As a retired search dog trainer I know that what the author is relating to how scent can be perceived is very true. The ending was beautiful constructed.

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  • Valerie Sharlin
  • 09-08-2019

Richly descriptive

I hung on ever word even rewinding to hear some paragraphs over and over. I ordered a couple paperbacks. One to keep and highlight as well as one to personally hand to intimate friends. I did not want to let the characters go but the ending was perfect.

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  • SalJJon
  • 03-07-2019

Delightfully engrossing!

Having never read a book by Erica Burmeister before I was delightfully surprised at how immediately engrossed I became - and I proceeded to finish it in two days, reading the hard copy after starting it on Audible. It’s all fantastic reality. Try it, you won’t be sorry!

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  • Rbriank
  • 07-11-2019

very good<br />

it was recommended by a friend. it was really very good. it kept me coming back for more.

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  • J.
  • 04-11-2019

I never wanted it to end

It started out slow for me but was Completely worth it. Will definitely listen again.

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  • Kristi
  • 02-06-2019

Olfactory Play

You know that moment when you're reading and you wade into a vivid description or new concept that cracks open your imagination? I found myself reveling in that magic throughout this book. Evocative and clever, scent takes center stage. I found myself immersed in the life of Emmeline and pausing to untangle the notes of the scents around me.

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I found it distracting with the lilt at the end sentences generally ending on a high note. The men's voices, not a fan.

Overall, a perfect Beach Read that harnesses your mind and nose, plunging you into new realms of discovery. Enjoy!

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  • Matt Steele
  • 04-02-2020

Must Read!!!!

This book is such a great storyline and kept me wanting more!! Stellar performance. Easily in my top 10 books this past year!!!! Looking for more by this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-2020

Nice story

Magical story. Interesting insight into human psyche. Sometimes I found the narrator's voice a little grating. Probably would have preferred reading this one from the book rather than as an audible.

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  • Enda Mcloughlin
  • 12-11-2019

Great book, different perspective on senses

Really liked this book. Did enjoy the ending, although would have liked more detail....maybe a book 2 please?