Review of Scent of the Wild

Here is a review from a reader in Washington, DC.

Scent of the Wild is a gritty but sensitive story about love, abandonment, survival, and redemption.  The main character, Ken, never understands his mother’s departure from their family and never stops wanting to reconnect with her.  When his wife leaves him, he doesn’t seem terribly shocked, nor does he do much to stop her.  Rather, he comes to terms with this second abandonment better than the first.  In the end, he even seems to forgive his wife for taking their daughter, marrying another man, and forming a new family without him.

The characters are well-formed and believable.  Ken’s mother and wife are both hard-boiled and independent and clearly don’t need men to complete their sense of self.  Ken is kind, good-intentioned, and patient.  His daughter is a good blend of both their personalities, tough but tolerant, stubborn but understanding.

The setting is vivid, and one can almost smell the mountain air and hear the dirt crunch under the characters’ feet.  The details of place speak to the author’s knowledge and possibly firsthand experience of the story’s location.  This is one of the strongest parts of the book.

I wish the characters had shown more of their other sides.  I don’t recall seeing a tender side of Noreen or any guilt over anything, something that would make her more believable and richer as a character.  I didn’t mind it so much in his mother, since Ken’s recollection of her would be from a child’s viewpoint and somewhat clouded in mystery.  He would not have had access to her thoughts prior to her disappearance.

Likewise, Ken’s anger over either abandonment doesn’t seem to show itself.  He seems too level-headed and accepting over it all, when I expected him to have some irrational moments.  If he had blown up or broke down once or twice, he would have seemed a little deeper.

I found Liv most believable as a character.  She was ambivalent – both wary and accepting, wanting to be close to Ken but keep her guard up.

When I realized what Ken was doing with his life towards the end, I felt sad…but I didn’t get why he seemed so rational about it, rather than emotional and desperate or despairing, like he had hit bottom.

Noreen’s appearance in the woods at the end upset me.  She just seemed cruel, and I resented her.  Good riddance.

I liked the last chapter the best because it allowed Ken to reflect and show more fully what was going on inside…though it did go on a bit long.

I thought the pacing was good, and the story as a whole was about the right length.  I’m just not exactly sure I know where it all ended up for Ken, after all that had happened to him.  Was he able to make some sense of things, or did he just give up?   I felt like I’d spent some time in Colorado!

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Get Your Own Copy!

Buying a copy of Scent of the Wild is easy.  Just send a check for $16.95 plus $2.50 shipping to me.  If you are ordering 5 or more copies (maybe your book club is reading the novel or you need copies for gifts), each copy is $12 plus shipping.  And I’ll sign your book if you’d like.

1337 N. Ford Street

Golden CO 80403

I send via US Post Office – they need the business!

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Review from Washington, DC, reader

A creative and artistic friend from Washington, DC, sent me this wonderful compliment about Scent of the Wild.

Your apt use of language, all those descriptive adjectives, your ability to create people on the page that I cared about, to make me think about how the inadequacies of my own upbringing has hindered me and not let me move on, all the telling details that brought the people to life– that scene when he puts his hand backwards to pull off his shirt–, I thought how could a woman come up with a scene so masculine. Your talent blows my mind.

What writer wouldn’t be thrilled – as I am.  Thank you, DP.

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Unsolicited and Thrilling Review!

“I started Scent of the Wild at 10:30pm.  Edie has just taken off and my heart is breaking for Chet and Reggie but mostly for Ken….I disliked the fishhook necklace from the get-go! Powerful, evocative wording!”

Thank you, Susie from Charlotte, for sharing your thoughts with me.  I can’t tell you how much I treasure your note.

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Great Fun at Macdonald Book Shop

On Saturday, October 20th, I was the Visiting Author at Macdonald Book Shop in downtown Estes Park, CO.  Paula Steiner’s grandparents opened the shop 90 years ago.  When her grandfather died, her grandmother sold books, tobacco and newspapers – a single mom, working to take care of her family.  The shop has been in Paula’s family and in continuous operation for all these years.  So it was a thrill and an honor to see my novel in the window, savor the poster they had created and meet so many visitors.

The shop was crowded and I loved chatting with each visitor.  So many are writers – a journal, some poetry, book reviews, a few short stories and personal essays.  If you were there, please leave a comment here.  And I’d love to hear your thoughts on my novel – and any other topic!

Paula Steiner runs Macdonald Book Shop in the heart of Estes Park.

Macdonald Book Shop’s flyer in the window.

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Tender – Unsolicited! – Review

Two days ago, a letter arrived in the mail.  I’m going to share a good portion of it with you because I found it tender and sweet and it touched me deeply.

The Scent of the Wild brought back so many memories of my own dysfunctional family histories – so well written – wonderful descriptions that made you aware of the personalities, feeling close enough to sense their hurts. … Those of us who love nature have the Scent of the Wild in us always.  As a 4-year old evacuee from London’s blitz during WWII I often took to the moors along (Dartmoor) in wonderful south Devonshire.  I felt so at home being close to the earth and seemed to identify with every small creature…just below my eyes on the ground….It amazes me how people like yourself can fill in the blanks of a wonderful plot and write so much detail…thank you again for sharing – I loved the book.

Thank you, M.M. for opening your heart and sharing with me how the novel brought memories and meaning into your thoughts and feelings.  I’m so very grateful.

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Reading Tonight

Tonight, at 7pm, Barb Warden and I will share our work.  Barb will talk about the finiculars in Golden and read from her historical book.  I’ll talk a little about my novel of abandonment, Scent of the Wild and we’ll answer questions and have fun chatting.  Refreshments

Barb will discuss this historical book tonight.

will be provided and there’s lots of free parking.  So come and bring a friend!

YourAshtanga Yoga Studio

610  10th Street (just off Ford)



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Energetic, Inquisitive Book Group in Charlotte

Betty is one of my oldest friends – so old in fact, that we can’t remember when we met – it was that long ago.  Betty’s bookclub read Scent of the Wild and invited me to come chat with them about the story.  And chat we did!  One reader asked if the story is literal or if it is an existential reach – wow, I guess I hadn’t thought of that.  Another said how much she liked Reggie and suggested that the next novel should be about him and how his life progresses.

I made lots of notes as I keep a file on comments I’ve received via mail, email and conversations, notes which may at some point turn into Novel #2.  There was no way to write down all the wonderful comments and suggestions I received from Betty’s group.  And  no way to express adequately how wonderful it was to be back in beautiful Charlotte with the dogwood and azaleas just bursting into bloom.

I doubt there could be a more perfect trip.  Thanks, Betty, and all who turned out for bookclub.  You made it fun and truly memorable for me.

Great lively conversations with these well-read women in Charlotte!

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Another Andi Pearson? Oh, no!

Friends, if you are ordering Scent of the Wild on Amazon, be aware that there is another Andi Pearson.  I was alerted to this by a reader who ordered the wrong book!  I use my full name Andi Gregory Pearson so check that and just double check that you’ve ordered Scent of the Wild either on ebooks (for your Kindle or other electronic reader) or in hard copy.

If you read the work by the other Andi Pearson (a Brit, I understand), let me know what you think.

And remember, if you want to order a hard copy of this paperback novel, send a check for $16.95 (+$2.50 shipping if needed) to me

Andi Pearson

1337 N. Ford St

Golden CO 80403

And happy reading!

Available now on Amazon!

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Book Group Boost to My Ego!

Thank you to Lisa R.

Book group fun!

and her delightful witty book group.  The discussion today of Scent of the Wild was interesting and many of your comments added dimension to the story.  I love that Jill thought Ken was “peaceful” by the end of the story and that Barbara felt the description of nature and the small town enhanced the fabric of the story.

If your book group is interested in reading Scent of the Wild, I’d be delighted to chat with you as you discuss the book.  You can contact me at

And you can order your copy – I’ll sign it if you like – by sending a check for $16.95 (plus $2.50 shipping if it needs to be sent to you) to 1337 North Ford Street  Golden  CO 80403.


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