The Apothecary's Daughter

The Apothecary's Daughter

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by Julie Klassen

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In this regency romance, Lillian must run her father's apothecary when he falls ill. While she vies for village prominence, three men vie for her heart.See more details below


In this regency romance, Lillian must run her father's apothecary when he falls ill. While she vies for village prominence, three men vie for her 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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