Review: The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

Book Blurb:

Lilly Haswell remembers everything—whether she wants to, or not . . .

AS LILLY TOILS IN HER FATHER’S APOTHECARY SHOP, preparing herbs and remedies by rote, she is haunted by memories of her mother’s disappearance.  Villagers whisper the tale, but her father refuses to discuss it.  All the while, she dreams of the world beyond—of travel and adventure and romance.

When a relative offers to host her in London, Lilly discovers the pleasures and pitfalls of fashionable society and suitors, as well as clues about her mother.  But will Lilly find what she is searching for—the truth of the past and a love for the future?

Blending romance, family drama, and fascinating historical detail, The Apothecary’s Daughter is a novel to savor and share.

Little Miss Bookworm’s Review:

The Apothecary’s Daughter provides an interesting perspective of how apothecaries worked, the ailments and remedies used to treat them in 19th century England.  Lilly Haswell is an apothecary’s daughter torn between two worlds . . . sleepy Bedsley Priors and glamorous London.  Throughout the first half of the novel, Lilly is indecisive on what she wants in life and has a fickle attitude towards potential suitors.  By the end of the story, Lilly learns to be content with her life and realizes that what she wanted was right there all along.  Overall, Julie Klassen’s writing style is rich and full of period details that bring the story to life.  Also, elements of Austen and Brontë are woven into the plot to add additional depth to it.  I recommend The Apothecary’s Daughter for those who have enjoyed Klassen’s other novels and those set in the Regency Era.

I give The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen . . . 4 Stars.

 

 

Review: The Preacher’s Bride (Heart of Faith #1) by Jody Hedlund

thepreachersbrideBook Blurb:

No matter the sacrifice,

Elizabeth Whitbread would serve a wounded family.

No matter the danger,

John Costin was determined to speak God’s word.

Neither expected to fall in love.

As enemies threaten to silence Costin—and those close to him—will following their hearts cost John and Elizabeth everything?

 

Little Miss Bookworm’s Review:

Jody Hedlund’s The Preacher’s Bride is a debut novel filled with rich historical detail and emotional depth.  Based on the life of evangelist John Bunyan and his wife Elizabeth, Jody highlights the religious persecution and class division within a close knit Puritan community in 1659 England.  It encompasses the last days of Oliver Cromwell’s rule following the English Civil War.  The book opens with a heart-wrenching scene that immediately hooks the reader until the last page.  Each of the main and secondary characters have complex personalities that make them unique.  Elizabeth Whitbread views herself as plain and inconsequential.  However, her strong faith guides her into helping those in need.  John Costin is a newly widowed father who believes it is his destiny to preach Gospel to the poor.  As an unlicensed preacher, he becomes a prime target of Royalist supporters.  Their fragile relationship is hindered by the demands of others in the congregation, rumors, threats, and betrayal.  The powerful themes that emerge within the historical romance include:   Hopes.  Dreams.  Struggles.  Fear.  Worry.  Doubt.  Second-Guessing.  Despite the danger, the unbending faith and enduring love makes The Preacher’s Bride an interesting read.

 

I give The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund . . .  4 Stars.

 

Review: Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen

lady-of-milkweed-manorBook Blurb:

EVEN A PROPER VICAR’S DAUGHTER CAN MAKE A MISTAKE . . . and now Charlotte Lamb must pay a high price for her fall.  To avoid the prying eyes of all who know her, she hides herself away in London’s forbidding “Milkweed Manor,” a place of mystery and lore, of old secrets and new birth.

But once there, she comes face-to-face with a suitor from her past—a man who now hides secrets of his own.  Both are determined, with God’s help, to protect those they love.  But neither can imagine the depth of sacrifice that will be required.

Sprinkled with fascinating details about the lives of women in Regency England, Lady of Milkweed Manor is a moving romantic drama about the redemption of past failings and the beauty of sacrificial love.

Little Miss Bookworm’s Review: 

Julie Klassen’s debut novel Lady of Milkweed Manor, is a bittersweet historical romance set in Regency England.  Charlotte Lamb undergoes a heart-wrenching journey as she tries to reinvent herself in an unforgiving society.  Charlotte’s wounded soul and Daniel Taylor’s secret torment makes their unconventional relationship unique.  A combination of historical detail, a realistic plot, and Klassen’s elegant prose gives the story a well-balanced depth.  Intricate subplots filled with angst, keep a reader in suspense.  Elements of Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre are also infused into the story.  None of the secondary characters overshadow Charlotte’s difficult journey with their own personal struggles.  A plot twist at the end is both surprising and deeply moving.  Sacrificial love is poignant throughout the novel and readers will love Klassen’s fresh approach to Regency romance.

I give Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen . . . 4 Stars.

June 2017 TBR Pile . . .

 

Hello Bookworms!  It’s that time to post a new batch of books of the To Be Read Pile.  The photo above shows my TBR for the month of June.  It’s a little light, but hopefully I’ll have a productive month and read past my projected goal.  If you’re interested to see more about these books, click the titles below and you’ll be redirected to Goodreads.

1. The Frontiersman’s Daughter – Laura Frantz (e-book not pictured)

2. Lady of Milkweed Manor – Julie Klassen

3. The Preacher’s Bride – Jody Hedlund

4. Courting Morrow Little – Laura Frantz (e-book not pictured)

5. The Apothecary’s Daughter – Julie Klassen

6. The Doctor’s Lady – Jody Hedlund

Happy Reading!