May 21, 2019
I've tried several times to get through The Scent Keeper. I liked the writing style, but the plot just never drew me in. In an effort to clear it out, I tried once more. It was still a struggle.
Emmeline lives on a remote island with her father. He's never revealed the reason he has small bottles in drawers that line the walls of the cabin they live in. All she knows is he is overly protective of the pieces of paper and "scents" within those bottles. His scent machine is a mystery to her, and one that he will not share.
As time passes, a tragedy befalls this small family. Suddenly, Emmeline is thrust into the world where a couple takes her in. Her new life is in an unfamiliar land where she's not living off nature and exploring by herself. She doesn't fit in and faces things like bullying. Emmeline needs to find her place in a sometimes cruel world, and it's going to start by examining how she got to this point.
Once again, I struggled. The writing is so lyrical, but it's never been enough to draw and hold my attention. I found myself pushing through and while some sections tugged at my heart, the rest of the journey had me wanting to give up too many times. For me, it just never clicked as a book I'd want to read over and over.