Lily was the only daughter of a village apothecary well outside of London. An aunt and uncle whom she'd never met came to visit in hopes of claiming Lily's brother as their heir. They were disappointed upon realizing Charlie was a bit simple and would have no w Seven years ago I read the The Apothecary's Daughter. They were disappointed upon realizing Charlie was a bit simple and would have no way to inherit and take over their estate.
Having been very impressed with Lily though, they wrote to invite her to stay with them in London to enjoy the season in hopes she might find a nice match. Knowing her father's apprentice, Francis, could take her duties in the shop, Lily set off from the only home she had never known to an adventure she never dreamed possible. Lily fit quite well in London's social scene and had a number of men showing her interest, but love was what she really wanted.
For a quality match she was instructed that her father's occupation, and the fact that her mother had abandoned the family years before, needed to be kept secret. Lily, being an honest person, couldn't lie when the question was finally asked, much to her aunt's dismay. Suddenly her options weren't as solid. A cryptic message about her father sent her home after about a year, and things again changed for Lily. I enjoyed all the twists and turns of the story. All the men interested in Lily, doctors vs. The last paragraph brought it all together, and I laughed that I had forgotten that.
I believe it would be a good book for any age. View all 21 comments. Mar 28, Meredith Austenesque Reviews rated it liked it Shelves: christian-romance. Lilly Haswell, the daughter of a small village apothecary, yearns for a life filled with love and adventure that will take her away from her hometown of Bedsley Priors. She spends her days assisting in her father's apothecary shop with his apprentice, Francis Baylor, and she has an excellent talent for remembering and preparing remedies. Lilly's mother left her family three years ago without a word, and Lilly still looks for her return.
When Lilly's fashionable and wealthy relations offer her an Lilly Haswell, the daughter of a small village apothecary, yearns for a life filled with love and adventure that will take her away from her hometown of Bedsley Priors. When Lilly's fashionable and wealthy relations offer her an extended stay in London, complete with the promise of tutors, gowns, and balls, Lilly concedes even though she will terribly miss her father and her handicapped brother, Charlie.
Lilly travels to London with the aspirations to further her education, experience adventures, make new acquaintances, and perhaps, find some clues about her mother's disappearance. I particularly enjoyed learning about the many remedies and cures used back in the nineteenth century. In addition, in this novel Ms. Klassen subtly employs themes of Christianity and faith.
Klassen leaves her audience in suspense and befuddlement about which man will be the one to win Lilly's heart until the very end of the novel. So if you like books were the romance is unpredictable and unexpected, you will like this aspect of the novel greatly. For myself, surprisingly I found it a little disappointing and unsatisfying. Lilly has three suitors in this novel and throughout the majority of it she is undecided about which one she is in love with.
Because of this, Lilly sometimes seemed to be a little fickle and inconstant. In addition, with three different male characters the book it didn't seem to have a true hero or main male character. I was a little disappointed in how my favorite suitor was abruptly abandoned and how we were left with no glimpse of his future. Is this book Austenesque? Not really, although this book takes place in the same Regency time period of many of Jane Austen's novels there aren't a lot of similarities between Ms.
Klassen's and Ms. Austen's writing, characters, and style.
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Is this book Historical Christian Fiction? Yes, although I felt its inspirational and religious elements to be very light and not as meaningful as I expected. However, this book would be great for readers who don't really care much for the mention of God and faith in their historical fiction. I look forward to reading other works by Julie Klassen as I greatly enjoyed the articulate and accurate historical backdrop she gave her story. If you are interested in historical fiction, the Regency Era, or apothecaries than I suggest you give this book a try.
View all 8 comments. Apr 23, Breann Thompson rated it it was ok. To be fair, when I started this book I didn't have any concept of what it would be about beyond what one can infer from the title. While the story itself was OK and, I'll admit it, I read the novel cover to cover over a weekend this is not what I would call a great read. Maybe a good read Point of view jumps around with little notice and the jumps don't seem to serve the plot in any predetermined way.
Additionally there are times when it seems you leap from one moment to the nex To be fair, when I started this book I didn't have any concept of what it would be about beyond what one can infer from the title. Additionally there are times when it seems you leap from one moment to the next and have no idea how you got there or exactly when and where "there" is. I enjoyed the story smart small town girl thinks she knows what she wants only to be proven wrong It's not a book I would scramble to read again, but its also not one I feel compelled to toss out my apartment window into a passing garbage truck.
It is what it is. And it's just OK. I loved the writing. I loved the setting. I loved the period. I loved the characters. I enjoyed reading the story and seeing all the historical detail regarding apothecaries. The apothecary's daughter had far too many suitors, though, and while it was fun for a while trying to guess who she would end up with, it got to be a little frustrating and tedious. There should be SOME hint or clue as to which man she'd end up with, and the readers should be able to easily figure it out, even with all the I loved the writing.
There should be SOME hint or clue as to which man she'd end up with, and the readers should be able to easily figure it out, even with all the red herrings thrown their way. They should be able to look back and say, "Ah, yes. The clues were there after all. She was made for THIS man. In any case, the heroine seemed to be equally divided -- her physical and emotional reaction to each suitor gave each suitor an equally good chance. My impression was that perhaps the author herself didn't know whom the heroine would end up choosing, and while I have no problem with that in real life, I like a little more certainty in books in the romance genre.
Or maybe I'm just too used to reading other books in the same genre and period. Perhaps my expectations are based too much on what I've read before; the hero was simply not introduced in a way that I thought he ought to have been. Nothing wrong with that, of course. Nothing wrong with being original. I just I couldn't help but be disappointed. Downloaded February 22, Jan 13, Virginia rated it it was amazing. The daughter of an apothecary in a small English village must assist her father and slow-minded brother after her mother runs off. Readers get to experience village life, London society, snobbery, kindness and the intriguing developing medical profession as though we walked those streets ourselves.
An unexpectedly captivating story that drew me into Regency England. I say 'unexpected' because I don't typically read historical fiction. But Julie Klassen's writing style is rich and full of period d The daughter of an apothecary in a small English village must assist her father and slow-minded brother after her mother runs off.
But Julie Klassen's writing style is rich and full of period detail that supports the story instead of distracting from it. It reads like she's been influenced by a love of Jane Austin, and has successfully created characters that I think are more romantic, more real, and more relatable. The spiritual content is subtle and seamless to the plot, and most importantly, doesn't beat the reader over the head to make a point.
To my knowledge I've never met Julie Klassen, so I'm not trying to butter up a friend -- I really enjoyed the book that much! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys well-written and realistic historical romance. View 2 comments. Jun 10, Belinda rated it really liked it Shelves: historische-roman.
In and old agenda: four fat stars for his Historical novel. Mar 11, Lina rated it did not like it Shelves: historical-fiction , not-my-type-of-book. The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen isn't exactly my sort of historical fiction novel. The writing itself was pleasant enough, I was very happy that Klassen did attempt to imitate th century prose, which is always irritating for me since it is rarely used properly.
Lillian "Lilly" is the daughter of the local apothecary who is "brilliant" writer's words not mine , but like all girls in that time is striving for something more. In addition, she is dealing with the shame of her mother' The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen isn't exactly my sort of historical fiction novel. In addition, she is dealing with the shame of her mother's disappearance that is the subject of village scandal. Previously unknown relatives arrive at Lilly's home because they wish to take her brother, Charlie, as their heir, since the could is childless.
Due Charlie being mentally challenged they do not, but still they are impressed with Lilly's intellect and decided to take her to London in order to find her a good match.
Thankfully for Lilly there are several men who are willingly to fight for her hand in marriage: A nobleman, the childhood friend, the second choice and the guy who seems to be just right. Oh what's a girl to do? Thankfully, before she can make a choice, she returns home and finds her father acting a damn fool due to dealing competition from rival doctors and apothecary shops. Using her "brilliance" or as I like to call it, common sense, she manages to bring some common sense back into his mindset and also helps return their apothecary shop to its previous glory. In the meantime three of our four love interests find their way into Lilly's life and manage to all look like the perfect men for her.
Which one does she pick? I could honestly care less and that's the problem with this book not to mention it just seemed to go around in circles for no reason.
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I don't care and if I don't care who she ends up with then it's all worthless. The story line about the mother was somewhat interesting until it is dropped to bring up some twist with Lilly's father. Lilly herself didn't grab me as an interesting character.
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Thinking back on the book while writing this there is nothing I can say stood out for me about her personality. There was no fire, no passion, she was just there. All together not a great book, not horrible, but certainly not for me and those who have my mentality.
Jan 31, Josee rated it it was ok. It was just ok. It wasn't awfully compelling but the apothecary history was interesting. All of the characters were thinly developed, especially Lily's suitors. Why she would be interested in any of them is beyond me. The author wove several story threads and didn't end any of them satisfactory. The story of the disappearing mother was not well imagined nor did it have a good ending; the story of the Marlows abruptly ended with some crazy scene of the younger Marlow threatening the medical profe It was just ok.
The story of the disappearing mother was not well imagined nor did it have a good ending; the story of the Marlows abruptly ended with some crazy scene of the younger Marlow threatening the medical profession; and the introduction of his character in the very beginning suggested a bigger involvement and there was not one. Suddenly out of left field we get this secret relationship from 20 years ago, thrown in at the end.
Was that the big twist? And what happened to Dr. Foster and Dr. Especially Foster, where there was clearly a history of animosity stemming from Charlie's birth. Too many unanswered questions and a very unsatisfying ending. Mar 31, Jessica rated it really liked it. Very unpredictable- I was so pleased! I had absolutely no clue as to what would happen, where she would end up or who she would end up with. Very well written and entertaining! Nov 28, Cintia rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in-english , brilliant-authors.
Julie Klassen is becoming one of my favourite authors. Reading her books was one of my biggest dreams, and I owe it to my best friend Brittany, who amazingly made that dream come true. Thanks to her, I have two books by this amazing author, both signed and dedicated, and they are among the treasures of my shelves.
But most of all, thank the Lord for giving me the chance to meet such wonderful people, even when we live in different parts of the world. Well, to the review. Saying that I loved it doesn't even begin to explain how much. The Apothecary's Daughter it is a true historical fiction work that it is a pleasure to read, and what it makes it all the more amazing and admirable is that huge research work behind it. I was impressed with how many details I could learn about the work of an apothecary, the way of treating patients and how much they rely on them, even above actual doctors.
It's a truly captivating story; it kept me turning the pages for hours, and wanting to get back to it when I had to put it down. The admiration from those three men is, each according to their vision of her, sincere, and she knows it, she sees it, and her doubts are not something I find annoying… I think that it makes Lilly a lot more human. The three suitors are great characters, and, in a way or another, I loved the three of them. All the characters in this book are lovable, even the darkest ones, and the Regency manners are so well depicted especially with the whole education ladies used to receive, in dancing, conversation, music and communication —like, with their fans , that this whole novel felt like time travelling.
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And while there is this kind of people in the world, the past centuries will not be utterly gone, because we will always find a way to return to them. This is definitely a must read for those who love historical fiction. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The beginnings of the book kept me very much interested in the story, and I did feel it was well written. There is Lilly, the heroine, her father Charles and her brother Charlie.
Her father took on an apprentice, Francis Baylor. It was all a happy arrangement, until her mother's relatives came to visit and whisked Lilly to London. It started to feel like a so-so book in the second part of the book. So in London, she went to balls, parties, outings, and the like, to "find a husband", so to say. Sh The beginnings of the book kept me very much interested in the story, and I did feel it was well written. She met many people too. And then her father got sick and she had to go back home, found out her brother was working for the local Rich Guy, Francis went apprenticing with another Apothecary I was sort of trying to grasp the point of the book.
Let's see, so Lilly had like 4 suitors. Each had his own chapter. But then the suitors, were fickle. When they are turned down once, they go to another lady, and when she turns them down, they flock back to Lily. And then by the end, in the one same paragraph, Francis is sometimes Francis and then Mr. Baylor and then Francis and then Baylor and Mr. All during narration, not dialogue. What gives? And finally in the grand finale, the title of "Apothecary's Daughter" was given to Mary, Lilly's half-sister, who died.
And somehow, when never once had Lily shown interest in Francis or, same level of confused feelings towards 3 of her suitors that she decides that he is for her and she pines for him. I won't say this wasn't an enjoyable read. This was enjoyable while it lasted, but I thought and thought, and I still couldn't figure out the point Feb 15, Maggie Boyd rated it it was ok Shelves: reading-year. I found this book rather confusing.
Lillian Haswell is the apothecary's daughter. Her mother left the family and Lilly has always longed for what she believed her mother had - adventure and freedom. When her mother's brother and wife come to offer her the opportunity to go to London and have a season in London, she jumps at the chance. She is gone for several years, barely writing home. Then she receives a note that she is needed by her father and reluctantly returns.
What I found confusing abou I found this book rather confusing. What I found confusing about the tale were the three potential suitors and the lack of romance Lilly had with any of them. In fact, the the two relationships that most conveyed romance were thrown over for the absolutely lovely hero for whom Lilly had had little time previously. Too many disjointed, inexplicable events and a leisurely paced story made this only an okay read for me.
Jan 31, Robbin rated it it was ok. I'm not quite sure what to think about this book. And that doesn't happen often, I either like a book or I don't but not with this book. With pages that was a lot of reading for such a simple ending. It was confusing, she at one point had four men wanting to date her. I didn't know which one was "the one". Then there were some deaths I didn't see were necessary. I guess I'm kind of shocked. The poor girl went through hell and the end she was happy and married in about five pages.
I'm kind of I'm not quite sure what to think about this book. I'm kind of left with the feeling, that's it? I read all of this for that ending?! It wasn't the most horrible thing I've ever read but it was so sad, I'm not going to be reading it again any time soon. Aug 10, J. IV rated it really liked it Shelves: regency. A fantastic regency read, though not my favorite by Ms.
Set in a small village where everyone knows everything about everyone, and some know even more about you than you do, this book follows the life and dreams of Lilly Haswell. Lilly longs for many things, most of all escape. As the story progresses though, as with so much of real life, Lilly begins to wonder if what she is chasing is all it is cracked up to be, and even more if it is what she really wants or needs. If you are a fan o A fantastic regency read, though not my favorite by Ms. View all 5 comments. Jun 12, Ambrosia rated it liked it. This book confounded my expectations on two fronts.
I saw it billed as a "Regency romance" and winced, expecting a bunch of stock characters and a wish-fulfillment plot. Slightly later, I learned it was published under a Christian fiction imprint, and I winced again - not only a romance novel, but a tepid one filled with religious proselytizing as well. Still, I'd already downloaded the audiobook, and figured I'd at least give it a go; I am fond of period pieces and if it was awful I figured I c This book confounded my expectations on two fronts.
Still, I'd already downloaded the audiobook, and figured I'd at least give it a go; I am fond of period pieces and if it was awful I figured I could find something different for my commute. I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, at how much I enjoyed the book. The narrative voice, sense of setting and historical period are all strong, and the religious aspects while occasionally heavy-handed only once threaten to overwhelm the main story.
Most importantly, however, the protagonist is both intelligent and dynamic enough to hold our attention throughout the story; and longtime readers will know this is my most frequent complaint the author understands "show, don't tell". That last concept, especially, is a problem common to authors who have far more published work than Ms. Klassen, and I heartily congratulate her for overcoming it. It's not a perfect book, however. Given that the author's posted biography on Goodreads states that she's an editor, I find it slightly ironic that the thought I had most often while listening to the story was "This isn't bad, but with the help of an editor it could be a lot better.
While I appreciate the time spent developing each character and giving them all motivation and depth, some tighter editing to focus better on the protagonist would help streamline the narrative enormously. Mostly, however, it felt to me like the novel's problems stemmed from the author's insecurity in her own voice. When she focuses on the characters she's created and the world they inhabit, it's quite compelling. When she starts to try and shoehorn it into a 'marketable package', so to speak, the problems start.
Much of the overused phraseology I mentioned comes into play during sequences that feel like they're required for a "romance"; if the author had dropped them entirely or spent somewhat less time on them the narrative would have been just as interesting, and smoother to boot. Similarly, the religious aspects felt cut-and-pasted in, like the author had been busy telling her story and then, halfway through, went "Oh, right!
I'm writing this for a Christian imprint, so I guess I should put in something about prayer! It doesn't ruin the book by any means, but again these parts could be edited down or removed entirely without affecting the story in any meaningful way. Judging by this book, Ms. Klassen has some great stories to tell, and I do hope that as she gains more experience she will learn to simply focus on just that - the storytelling. Let the story speak for itself; other people will decide what to label it after the fact.
Will Roger Bromley propose? What about the timid physician Adam Graves? And the dastardly Roderick Marlow? Will her humble origins ruin her chances of a good match? Complications ensue as Lillian is called home when word comes of her father's ill health. She takes over the apothecary shop—illegal, because a woman could not dispense medicine—and begins again thanks to her father's former assistant Francis Baylor. Klassen blends her tale well; each ingredient—romance, friendship, healing arts, mystery—is measured to produce a lively, lengthy tale that will satisfy Regency aficionados and general readers, too.
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