Hello and welcome!
I'm so grateful and excited to have the chance to share this book with you, and let you know what I thought. It's always exciting to see a book before it's officially published, and even more of a priviledge to be part of helping more people hear about it. I get excited every time I get book mail, asked to participate in a blog tour, or give a review, and even more excited when I hear back that someone enjoyed reading something I recommended! Books are the greatest, aren't they!
This is the first book I've read by Bauermeister, and I was impressed. Intrigued initially by the cover, I was even more intrigued reading the synopsis, "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." (from Goodreads)
I was caught from the beginning of this novel, which is always something I'm skeptical about, and I read the first part (of three in the story) in less than an hour. Time flew by and I wasn't aware of it! Always a good sign. The book is broken up into three parts, the first dealing with her childhood on an island with her father. It's hard to tell much of what happens in the other parts without giving anything away, but the language and skill Bauemeister writes with creates a world you can't help but enjoy and be interested in hearing more about.
The character of Emmeline is intriguing and clever. She's a sharp and curious girl, willing to be courageous, brave, and resourceful. The first part of the book raises some compelling questions, problems, and issues Emmeline has to work out, and I was pleased with the plot's direction, the construction and flow of the story, as well as the answers we're given to those questions. This world of scents and smells, the memories they invoke and compell us and Emmeline to discover are curious, unique, and interesting.
I enjoyed spending time in this world. It was fun to explore, compelling and quick to read, and the writing earned the feelings from me, which I always appreciate. After this, I'm eager to read more of Bauermeister's backlist and thrilled to have found a new author to follow!
If you're in the mood for something atmospheric and compelling, with just the right amount of mystery
Our book group's April task was to read some poetry we recently met to chat.
If you're looking to get more poetry into your life, here are a few quick suggestions:
Ok, on to my recommendations, personal favorites, and what we talked about at Book Club:
It was wonderful to have a dedicated time to explore some poetry with friends. We reminisced about poems we remembered from different parts of our lives, and the parts of our lives that poems reminded us of. It was a really nice time.
I love the no pressure atmosphere of this book group. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a more academic and intense discussion, but it is so refreshing to be able to show up with no expectations or homework to have accomplished ready to present and defend. To bring what we've been enjoying, what we thought, and know that's enough and will be received by friends, and food, for a few hours each month, is exactly what fills me up at this moment in time.
I'm thinking of making a little guide for anyone who's interested in some tips for starting their own book club. What would you like included in that? Any questions you've ever wondered about book clubs or how to make them work for you? I'd love to hear from you.
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