Book Review: The Scent Of You by Maggie Alderson
The Scent Of You centers around Polly, a middle-aged woman who is married and has two grown children who are both away studying at university.
Her life seems as though it is all smooth sailing. She is a yoga instructor, as well as a perfume blogger, which is gaining her more success by the day.
But just before Christmas, she is devastated when David, her husband of 24 years, explains that he needs a break and that she is not to contact him at all. He disappears without a trace, leaving Polly heartbroken and confused.
Her children, Lucas and Clemmie, both can't believe the news when they find out, and offer their mum as much support as they can. Needless to say, they are hurt by their father's actions, and are concerned for their mother's welfare.
Meanwhile, Polly makes some new and interesting friends as she decides what to do with regards to her missing husband.
There's Shirley, one of her 'yogi bears'- a regular that attends her yoga classes. She is loud and a little over the top, but has her friends' best interest at heart, and proves to be a real saviour for Polly.
Polly also meets Guy Webber, a perfumer who is flamboyant and fun, but likes to keep his personal life just so.
And she is reunited with Edward, also known as Chum, who is an old friend and flame of hers from her university days.
This book, at 500 pages, is quite long. In fact, I think it would've benefited from losing a few scenes as they didn't play a big part (if any) in the story. I have to admit that I skimmed over a few paragraphs here and there, even though the story itself kept me intrigued, the detail, particularly regarding fragrances/scents was a little bit too in-depth at times.
I also found it rather unbelievable that Polly would be so casual about her husband's departure, and it just seemed rather odd that she would agree to wait months before receiving answers to the many questions she would no doubt have.
And also, once she finally found out what caused David's need to leave their home, I felt that she could've definitely been more supportive, given the situation he was facing. Even though she offered her help, there wasn't that much fight in her and it just seemed unlike what a person being married to someone for 24 years would do.
I did thoroughly enjoy the diverse characters in the story, and reading about Fragrance Cloud (Polly's blog).
Overall, this book has a great storyline, and I adore the beautiful cover. It is a relatively easy read, apart from the length.