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The Apothecary's Daughter

The Apothecary's Daughter

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by Julie Klassen

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Lillian Haswell, brilliant daughter of the local apothecary, yearns for more adventure and experience than life in her father's shop and their small village provides. She also longs to know the truth behind her mother's disappearance, which villagers whisper about but her father refuses to discuss. Opportunity comes when a distant aunt offers to educate her as a lady


Lillian Haswell, brilliant daughter of the local apothecary, yearns for more adventure and experience than life in her father's shop and their small village provides. She also longs to know the truth behind her mother's disappearance, which villagers whisper about but her father refuses to discuss. Opportunity comes when a distant aunt offers to educate her as a lady in London. Exposed to fashionable society and romance--as well as clues about her mother--Lilly is torn when she is summoned back to her ailing father's bedside. Women are forbidden to work as apothecaries, so to save the family legacy, Lilly will have to make it appear as if her father is still making all the diagnoses and decisions. But the suspicious eyes of a scholarly physician and a competing apothecary are upon her. As they vie for village prominence, three men also vie for Lilly's heart.

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Publishers Weekly

Klassen's debut novel, Lady of Milkweed Manor, was a Christy Award finalist, and her new Regency promises the same thanks to fine storytelling and knowledge of the apothecary's art. Lillian Haswell yearns to leave her father's apothecary shop in their small town and happily accepts an invitation to live in London. She leaves behind a handicapped brother, friends, her lonely father and memories of her lost mother, but finds that London holds its own troubles. 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. (Jan.)

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Once again, author Julie Klassen delivers a satisfying historical account with plenty of twists and meted out information to make you want to read just one more chapter. Her characters carry a Dickens' flavor as does the small village of Bedsley Priors. If you're looking for a visit to merry Olde England, this is the book for you.... The Apothecary's Daughter is a five-star read.
—Michelle Griep
The Apothecary's Daughter is another stunning read from Julie Klassen. Pulling the reader back into an aspect of the Regency that isn't often explored in literature, the author creates a colorful, realistic world of historic medicinals and the unchanging souls of the people looking for something to make life a little better. It digs deep into the then-rising battle between traditional apothecaries and modern physicians and surgeons, providing a tension that pulls Lilly straight into its heart. Whether in London or a small rural town, Lilly is a heroine to be admired and loved, even as she falters and stubbornly clings to her own ideas.... Lovers of regencies, historicals, and a really good romance will want to get their hands on this second novel of Julie Klassen's! It'll keep you enthralled, enraptured, and will educate you a little in the process.
—Roseanna White,
...I enjoyed the historical nature of this story. Reading about the role of an apothecary in the daily lives of the people as well as a bright young woman having to hide her intelligence and successful business skills was fascinating. Additionally, I was truly surprised by several aspects of the ending. During the course of the novel, several potential suitors emerge. Not only did I spend the majority of the book wondering who Lilly would choose, I couldn't decide who I wanted her to choose! Along with other surprises, this held my interest and made it quite difficult to put the book down before I finished the story.

If you enjoy historical fiction, particularly stories set in Jane Austen's England, I highly recommend that you find a copy of The Apothecary's Daughter.
Library Journal

In this new Regency by the author of Christy Award finalist Lady of Milkweed Manor, Lillian Haswell, the daughter of the village apothecary, must save her father's business when he falls ill by making it appear that he is still making the diagnoses and writing the prescriptions. But a rival apothecary and a suspicious physician watch her closely, while three suitors vie for her hand.

—Tamara Butler

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Meet the Author

Julie Klassen is a fiction editor and novelist who has worked in Christian publishing for many years. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and has a background in advertising. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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The Apothecary's Daughter 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2634 reviews.
Writers_Block More than 1 year ago
I admit, I downloaded this book for my Nook with low expectations. Just another Regency Era romance, I thought. I happily admit I was wrong, wrong, wrong! First of all, the attention to detail is staggering, as is the hours of research the author put into this story. If you have any interest in herbology, medicine or the Regency Era in general this book is well worth the read. The charactors are well devoloped and very human in their flaws, which makes you appreciate them even more. It's easy to get caught up in Lilly's struggle not only as a lady living in the restrictive world of Regency England, where a women's worth was measured by the value of her husband, but as a person attempting to balance her family with her own desires and dreams.
NRobbins More than 1 year ago
You may feel as if you've heard this story before, but this one is different. I started out "cheering on" a particular character only to later be repulsed by him. this book delves deep into character developement. You learn to know each person throughout the book and what seems to be perfect on the surface soon reveals the true self inside. It was a great historical look at "dating" for a young woman in England in the 1800's. Throughly enjoyable and a great read!
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Finally got a chance to read this book and it was wonderful, as expected. I enjoyed the fact that there were so many subplots to keep my attention. And I loved that the author had me guessing for a good portion of the book in regards to the young woman's future. The title of this book fits the story perfectly. It has a bittersweet meaning that only someone who is really "into" the story would understand. I almost felt like I was watching a movie play out on the big screen because the details were so vivid. Some were so vivid, in fact, that they made me shudder. It was a bad idea for me to read that leaching scene right before I went to bed. You can imagine why. I didn't envy the decisions the heroine needed to make. I also found the peculiarities regarding her brother's behavior intriguing. Since I have clients with similar diagnoses, I thought the author did a great job portraying the particulars of someone with his limited abilities. It was good to see an accurate portrayal of two people with special needs that were not immediately tucked away in asylums as was the trend back in that era. Fans of Regency romances should really enjoy this book.
Avid___Reader More than 1 year ago
This novel was filled with believable plots and twists. I found myself unable to put the book down, wanting to see what would happen to each of the characters and then being surprised at little things along the way. It was insightful on human nature and didn't get caught up in today's "pop psychology".
angeleyesAS More than 1 year ago
Set in England in the 1800's, Lilly is smart and the go-get-um daughter of the town's apothercary. She helps her dad in his shop, growing herbs, making pills, and making deliveries. Her mother left them and her mental deficient son to fend for themselves as they wait for her return someday. There are lots of clever twists and turns in the plot and the characters are real and likable. The author did a lot of worthy research to create such an interesting setting. I recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love romance books, however so many of them have no plot behind them and do not involve any other characters. Not so with this book! It was well researched and packed full of interesting tidbits. Great read!
sgrigs More than 1 year ago
This is Julie Klassen's second novel. I found the first one "Lady of Milkweed Manor" and thoroughly enjoyed it. A great historical read. So when I saw "The Apothecary's Daughter" I bought it right away and was not disappointed. This surpassed my expectations. It has great characters, great settings, and challenging situations. I highly recommend this author and this book.
mom2blondies More than 1 year ago
I love books by this author already, but this was my absolute favorite book. It kept me engaged and I didn't want to put it down. I especially liked that I could not guess who Lily would end up with romantically, it kept me guessing and usually I have that figured out right away.
TaterFink More than 1 year ago
A little sentimental, and romantic. A little informative in regard to the history of the apothecary. I read for entertainment and enjoyment. This book filled the bill!
Kristen Kelleher More than 1 year ago
loved it
Nerdgirljenn More than 1 year ago
I love the detail in this book. The plot was very well thought out and keeps you guessing the entire book. I was thoroughly engaged throughout the entire book. It reminded me of the best of the Bronte sisters and Ms Austen's work, but in a language more reachable by more people of this time period without losing the essence of that time. I was a bit leery about it's message being too intrusive and preachy, as I've read other "Christian Literature", and at times the message feel intrusive and forced, not really adding anything to the story. It was not...in fact it was much in line with the writing traditions of that period and integrated well into the plot. I would highly recommend this book to any and all. It is great for rainy days, sunny days, or nights when you want to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea or hot chocolate. You will feel transported to a world of sight, sound and smells...a pleasant world the Apothecary shop, a young girls worries, sorrows, and joys.
deborah54 More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big fan of historical novels, but this is one I couldn't put down. You won't be disappointed if you read this book.
Booky_McBookerson More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The author did an excellent job keeping the reader on his or her toes, it was quite unpredictable. I was rooting for different suitors for Lilly throughout the book, and I was surprised on several occasions. I was sad that the book was over when I finished, as I wanted to know what else was in store for Lilly Haswell. There were several turns of events in which I was completely shocked, yet they all made sense. I also really enjoyed how the author described the characters. I really felt that I understood each character, their feelings, and what they looked like. I would highly recommend this book.
cherryblossommj More than 1 year ago
Another incredible piece of historical fiction with strong characters from second published author Julie Klassen. Without a doubt, Klassen is on my favorite author's list. Both Lady of Milkweed Manor (her first book) and The Apothecary's Daughter were so enjoyable.

Each chapter starts with a quote of various pharmaceutical and apothecary means as well as a few others and it really sets the scene. It is something she also used in her first book, and I truly believe that it adds an incredible important element to the way her story is told. This book is divided up into sections that works quite well. It is a long book and fabulously so, I did not want it to end.

The one qualm that I did have, is that the last section is very dark to me. Everything that can go wrong is going wrong and it was a little much to experience all at once, when the rest of the book was much more light heart-ed. I feel kinda like if there was so more happiness in there with the dark toward the end that it would have worked better. Then it ends abruptly exactly as a perfect ending as it could be. My opinion would have been to draw it out with more details and more "happy" within the dark cloud, rather than having everything fixed in a last chapter and epilogue. But then we readers cannot get everything we want when fabulous authors are limited to just 400 pages or so.

Good points and bad, my overall opinion is that the story is fabulous. My favorite portion of all is where the name for the book came from. It makes me teary eyed. And you will just have to go read it to find out why.

Once again a winner from Julie in my opinion, and I desperately cannot wait for more books from her in the future!
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
I learned quite a bit about Apothecary history from this novel. The history coupled with the struggle of Lilly being a female at a time when women were not welcomed into the medical field, made for an interesting story. 3 1/2 stars - full review at my website.
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SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
Even as an English major I was never of those girls that swooned over the book version of Mr. Darcy. (Although I will confess I do have a major crush on Colin Firth.) The Regency period has never seemed all that fashionable to me with all the rules. The women always seem so constrained even if they long to break the mould, they never do. The Apothecary’s Daughter fits firmly into this period and doesn’t stray from the predicable route. Although I certainly had hopes after our heroine, Lilly, returned home after just over a year in London and took over her father’s shop. I did enjoy listening to The Apothecary’s Daughter which I borrowed from the library. Tavia Gilbert had a soothing voice and mastered a variety of different English accents for both the male and female characters. It was mostly her narration that allowed me to get through this sugary sweet predictable romance despite some technical issues that apparently occurred when the CDs were ripped to the MP3 version available via Overdrive. I did get frustrated with the main character. Lilly had a lot of promise as a medical professional and each time she got a chance to use her gifts, I had hopes that perhaps she would actually get the life I felt she desired and perhaps deserved. I often forget that not every historical fiction book can have characters willing to buck the social norms of the time. So in the end, I was disappointed with the path that Lilly chose, but she seemed satisfied with it. My decision to listen to The Apothecary’s Daughter happened at the right time. Work was stressful. I needed a soothing voice and predictable storyline to get me to and from work. At a different time and if I had read my copy of the eBook vs. listening to the audiobook, I’m not so sure that Lilly’s story would have sat so well with me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm really impressed with the research done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I neede a book for a book report and somehow I ended up with this one. And I am so glad I did. It is beautifully written and it really depicts the time period in a very real way. I absolutely could not put it down. It kept my interest until the end and Lilly's struggles became mine. I highly reccomend it..
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An interesting story regarding the ever changing medical field with a little romance strung in.
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Luvs_Purple More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed this book, good story, good location - learned a lot about apothecary. Wonderful story about father & daughter w/ surprise at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book very much...detailed and held my interest till the end..Will read more of Julie Klassens books..