The Apothecary's Daughter
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LILLY HASWELL REMEMBERS EVERYTHING --- WHETHER SHE WANTS TO, OR NOT ...

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 r...more
Hardcover, 415 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers
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Margaret
Another incredible piece of historical fiction with strong characters from second published authorJulie Klassen. Without a doubt, Klassen is on my favorite author's list. Both Lady of Milkweed Manor 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...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
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...more
Virginia
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...more
April
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...more
Breann Thompson
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... but just maybe.

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...more
Jessica
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! :)
Lina
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 1900th 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'...more
Ambrosia
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...more
Kat
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Julie
This has to be one of my most favorite books of all time! This was my first read by Julie Klassen and certainly won't be my last!

This story is about Miss Lillian Haswell, the daughter of Charles Haswell, the town apothecary. From a young age, Miss Haswell learns how to concoct the potions for her father from their physic garden they grow. They are toted as being "miracle workers" for their prescriptions and mastery of the medicinal herbs they prescribe.

One day, an aunt and uncle that Lillian d...more
Staci
My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book about the role apothecaries had in Regency England during the mid 1800's. It was also very enlightening to know that women weren't allowed to dispense medicine. I loved Lilly, the main character. The reader gets to see her grow from a young teen to a woman. She has worked in her father's shop since she can remember and knows the mixtures without ever having to look anything up. She's resourceful and smart, probably why I liked her so much. One of my favorit...more
Josee
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...more
Laura
I usually tend to avoid historical fiction. I find that authors tend to focus more on the customs, dialect or history of the stories and less on the stories themselves. This is not the case with this book. It is set in the 1800's, but is completely focused on the characters and the plot.

Lilly is an apothecary's daughter and has grown up helping in her fathers shop. Although she is excellent in this role, she hopes to travel and see more of the world than her small village. A rich Aunt and Uncle...more
Janelle
This is a feel good book. A book that is sweet, charming, moving, romantic...its a book to feel good about reading!

Lilly Haswell, as the title states, is an apothecary's daughter dealing with a mother who has abandoned her family. Lilly must help raise her challenged brother and help in her fathers shop. But an opportunity arises for Lilly to live in London to further her education and perhaps find a suitor!

Lilly knows her background will likely become an issue for a well-to-do suitor but that d...more
Paula Vince
I felt this novel was a time-machine drawing me back to Jane Austen's regency era in the most fabulous way.

The four possible suitors for Lilly's hand were intriguing. There's the gruff, rakish son of the local nobleman, who frightens everybody. Then there's a timid, but thoughtful young doctor with self-esteem and confidence issues. Third is the rival apothecary who sets up in opposition to her father, and has an undeniable Casanova appeal. Finally, there's her father's former awkward apprentice...more
Julia
Lillian (Lilly) Haswell is the daughter of the town's (Bedsley Priors) apothecary and a mother who left the family years ago. She is very smart, pretty and has a good head on her shoulders, but still feels she is missing out on something. Lilly loves her dad and brother (who is a little slow) but wants more from life then living in a small town.

Her aunt and uncle in London decide to host her and introduce her to high society. Once there she enjoys some friendships and flirtations and enjoys her...more
Larry Kegley
Reviewed from a Man's Point of View.

This was the first book I read on my Kindle for PC app sometime in February, 2010 (I now have a Christmas Kindle *Brag*). Being that long ago, I don't remember minute details, but I'll hit some high points. I was captivated by "The Apothecary's Daughter"! Read it in two days. Very good read!

I've generally felt that historical romances tend to repeat the same story over and over, but The Apothecary's Daughter had a unique story line and the setting of an apothe...more
Kay Fair
My first FREE Kindle Book... and I want my money back.

Julie Klassen's The Apothecary's Daughter is plagued, not just by a lack of substantive plot, but by poor character development, ever-shifting scenes and settings, a coincidence-dependant story progression, and an mis-understanding of the historical period in which it was set. And no, I'm not just being a romance novel snob. I enjoy a naughty-naughty scene just as much as the next over-sexualized generation X/Y-er. This book didn't really eve...more
Katie
This book was very well written! It was easy to continue flippin the pages, and as I got farther into the book - it became even easier. With many twists and turns towards the end, I was pleasently surprised and pleased with how it ended - and who Lilly ended up marrying. lol At one time she had three suitors and although I really wanted one charactyer to marry her, it seemed like another would end up marrying her. After several twists to the plot, I was overjoyed when the hero I was rooting for...more
Heather
I did like this book but it was an unusual read for me. Here is a young woman who takes a journey of self-discovery. The journey is interesting and ultimately, I would say that that was the main point of the book, instead of being your typical regency romance. As for the love interest, there were, I think, five men who were constant possibilities. The frustrating thing for me was that none of them ever stood out as the obvious choice and she seemed to be attracted to almost all of them. In the e...more
Ronda M
I liked it! I like how the main character had a variety of realistic life options to choose from as she grew up. I liked the story of the struggles between the various branches of medicine at the time. (My sister is a pharmacist, and when she was in retail, some people often tried to use her as a first (free) diagnostician. Sometimes she was able to help them find an over-the-counter remedy, and sometimes she told them they really needed to get to a doctor!)
Renee
Another winner from Julie Klassen! I loved it! There were some twists towards the end that I didn't see coming AT ALL, at one point I even teared up!
Allie
Apr 03, 2012 Allie marked it as to-read
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Erin
This was a sweet, one day read but it never sucked me in. The apothecary shop was well researched but much of the rest of the story lacked the same attention to detail. It is obvious where Klassen did her homework and where she didn't.

Like a few of the other reviewers, I felt that there were too many suitors. To her credit, Klassen didn't make any of her men the pick of the season but I have a problem believing that four men are interested in an apothecary's daughter at one time. The author also...more
Cecilia Solis-sublette
Towards the beginning of this novel, I wrote that it reminded me, a bit, of a Jane Austen novel. It still does. But, not in the bad sense. Here, we have a strong independent woman who is trying to find her way in the world. The conflict? Does one seek a new life in the city or try to find happiness near the hearth? What makes this novel enjoyable, is that both options are appealing and would serve our heroine well. There are also many suitors that would work well for Lilly; it's a matter of the...more
Danielle
This book really sucked me in. I found myself staying up way later than I should have reading. I'm not exactly sure why, there isn't anything specific that I can say I liked about it. I actually found some of the situations with Lilly and her various suitors to be quite frustrating. Maybe it was because I wanted to know who she would wind up with? I'm pleased to say that I guessed correctly in the end. :-)

I gave this three stars because while I enjoyed it, there were a few things that bothered m...more
Yas
Kindle edition: 380 pages
Genre: Christian, Romance, Historical,
Rating *****

Synopsis:

Set in historical times when apothecary's weren't a thing of the past, the story revolves around protaganist Lily Haswell who works as an assistant in her father's apothecary business..

It initially begins after introduction of her character by going into the first sub plot of many which is that of her mother's random disappearance from her and her father's lives many years ago of which still has never been figure...more
Treasa
Lilly Haswell has spent her whole life helping her father with his apothecary shop. Now in her teens, she knows more about the trade than her father's apprentice, Francis. Given the chance to go to London with her aunt and uncle, Lilly at the opportunity and spends two years living the life of luxury in the big city. But she can't seem to escape her origins as an apothecary's daughter. When there are troubles at home, Lilly quickly returns to her small village and takes on great responsibilities...more
Angela Bycroft
Who can complain about a free book. And the Apothecary's daughter was a great looking title too. Set at a time in England where medicine was more myth at times than science, the Apothecary's job as part herbalist and chemist with a dash of science mixed in for good measure.

The author paints a rich storyline with interesting characters, never letter her readers be quite sure just who the true hero is. There are three possibilities. The young physician who being Oxford trained can look down his n...more
Diana
Aug 29, 2012 Diana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes regency era books
This was a surprising delight and I'm glad I finally got around to trying it out. Once I started I struggled to ever put this book down.

The Apothecary's Daughter is set in the Regency era and takes a few cues from Jane Austen and others like her, but Klassen makes it all her own. For starters, the heroine is the daughter of an apothecary, considered a mere shopkeeper's daughter by society, who longs to find her mother after her mysterious departure and perhaps find the fulfillment in travelling...more
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Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awa...more
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