This was my first story by Erica Bauermeister but I will definitely be watching out for her in the future and I will be looking to see what books my library carries of this fantastic author. With fluid movements, Erica painted a distinct picture of Emmeline’s world. I understood Emmeline’s confusion as she grew up on the island with her father where life was simple and carefree. When she moves inland later in life, she became more aware of the world and its complexity and realizes that there is now much more to consider for the return that she was getting.
Living on the island with her father, Emmeline led a simple life, under her father’s rules. Her father provided for her everything that she needed, allowing for just a few luxuries but what would happen should that system fail? Did her father ever think about the future? I had hoped that he had to have wondered about the day that she would get curious or the day that something would happen to him and his system failed. Did he even have a backup plan?
I loved the concept of the jars and the story behind them. The scent of smell is a powerful tool and to be able to capture that element would be priceless. I was glad that Emmeline found Fisher and they created a great friendship. This was an excellent story that I was wrapped up in, emotionally and mentally.
I won a copy of this book. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press, for sending me a copy of this book. This review is my own honest opinion.