Thursday, March 19, 2015
Book Review: "The Apothecary's Daughter," by Julie Klassen
About the Book:
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.
I think this book finally tipped me into declaring that Julie Klassen is my favorite historical fiction author. I could relate to Lilly's desire to see the world beyond her small village, but she ultimately realizes the truth in the saying that there's no place like home. With three potential suitors vying for her hand, I was happy to be surprised about her choice almost until the end. It was one of those books where I was tempted to peek at the ending because I was dying to know with whom she would end up, but I restrained myself and let the story unfold. Ultimately, I felt that Lilly made the best choice. I also loved learning all about how they treated ailments and the role of apothecaries in the early 19th century. In fact, I really had no idea what an apothecary was until I read this book. It was also a mystery since Lilly's mother had disappeared when she was a child, and there's even a final surprise at the end relating to Lilly's father. The Apothecary's Daughter kept me glued to its pages, and I can't wait to read more of Klassen's books!
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