Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Book Review: The Apothecary's Daughter

The Apothecary's daughter

Lilly Haswell helps her father in his apothecary shop in Bedsley Priors. Having been abandoned by her mother she helps take care of her younger brother, Charlie, who is very simple. Lilly also has a memory that never fails her. She remembers everything--which doesn't help her father's apprentice, Francis, learn. Lilly longs for adventure and romance.

One day her aunt and uncle appear in her life and an opportunity is given to her to have a season in London. Lilly spends the next two years there receiving an education and trying to find a husband. An anonymous letter sends her home to see the apothecary shop in total disrepair, the apprentice working for another apothecary, Charlie gone and her Father ill.

Lilly slowly build the shop back up with help from her neighbors and friends, but a dark force is working that will put the apothecary shop at risk. She also is surrounded my three admirer's who are trying to win her heart. Lilly slowly learns to lean on the Lord as the pressure build and new information concerning her mother and family secrets are revealed.

The Apothecary's Daughter is an interesting story woven in an apothecary shop. Since I don't know anything about apothecary's shops it did give me an interest to learn a little more. I wished Mrs. Klassen would have included a small information piece about apothecary shops. Here and here is a little bit of information about apothecary shops.

I read The Lady of Milkwood Manor by the same author last year. I really enjoyed that story (and needed a box of Kleenex), even more than The Apothecary's Daughter, and highly recommend it.

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