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.