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The Apothecary's Daughter

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  19,564 Ratings  ·  1,881 Reviews
Lilly Haswell remembers everything--whether she wants to, or not...

As Lilly toils in her father's apothecary, 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.

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ebook, 392 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Me at 47%: This book is so unconventional and interesting! The heroine, Lilly, has 4 or 5 guys who are pursuing her and I can't tell which one she's going to end up with!

Me at 85%: *eyeroll* This feels like a Regency-era Choose Your Own Adventure story, only with men!
How long is Lilly going to string all these guys along? Shouldn't it be at least a little apparent (to me if not to her) which guy is the right one?

It really kind of irritated me that I could see the story going in any of at least
Margaret Chind
Jul 25, 2008 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
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
Mar 10, 2010 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2009 Virginia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Updated: I really don't like this book and I dislike it more everyday but it is not the worst book ever. maybe. (no offense if you really like it,)

I really liked this book, It Surprised me with some of the plot twist. And I enjoyed the characters. This book puts you through a lot of emotional turmoil! I do want to say even though none of the "doctoring" did not gross me out it may for other people.
Jan 31, 2011 Josee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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! :)
Feb 06, 2011 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 18, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Maggie Boyd
I found this book rather confusing. Lillian Haswell is the apothecary's daughter. Her mother left the family and Lilly has always longed for what she believed her mother had - adventure and freedom. When her mother's brother and wife come to offer her the opportunity to go to London and have a season in London, she jumps at the chance. She is gone for several years, barely writing home. Then she receives a note that she is needed by her father and reluctantly returns.

What I found confusing abou
Jan 31, 2011 Robbin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not quite sure what to think about this book. And that doesn't happen often, I either like a book or I don't but not with this book. With 392 pages that was a lot of reading for such a simple ending. It was confusing, she at one point had four men wanting to date her. I didn't know which one was "the one". Then there were some deaths I didn't see were necessary. I guess I'm kind of shocked. The poor girl went through hell and the end she was happy and married in about five pages. I'm kind of ...more
I originally read The Apothecary's Daughter back in 2009. At that time, I only gave it ★★★ and have always said that it was my least favorite of Julie Klassen's earlier novels. I don't know what I was thinking.

Since I didn't remember much about the book, I decided to reread it - and glad I am that I did. I enjoyed it so much more this time and it ranks right up there with my other favorites of hers.
Ummm... 3 guys? This is maybe-read. Plot sounds good, and the reviews are good, but the romance is making me reconsider.

Julie Klassen is becoming one of my favourite authors. Reading her books was one of my biggest dreams, and I owe it to my best friend Brittany, who amazingly made that dream come true. Thanks to her, I have two books by this amazing author, both signed and dedicated, and they are among the treasures of my shelves. But most of all, thank the Lord for giving me the chance to meet such wonderful people, even when we live in different parts of the world.

Well, to the review. I doubt I can
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
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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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 relative offers to host her in London, Lilly discovers the pleasures and pitfalls of fashionable society an
Jul 21, 2010 Michelle rated it it was ok
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Jun 03, 2011 Staci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Larry Kegley
Aug 14, 2012 Larry Kegley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 12, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading three of her books (and loving them all) this is the 2nd disappointment in a row. There's too many love interests, she seems extremely fickle and has no character to connect with. She doesn't want to be who she is yet after opportunities decides to stay who she is. I do not recommend this book. I found it annoying just trying to finish it. Come on I hope the next one lives up to the first three I read .. (Silent Governess, Tutors Daughter & Girl in the Gatehouse)
I actually was pleasantly surprised by how much this book doesn't read like a typical Christian novel? The elements are there of course, particularly at the end, but truthfully, this story feels much more like mainstream historical romance with strong elements of both Austen and Bronte. The characters are all distinct and strong; there are elements of feminism I wasn't expecting. Lilly is an especially enjoyable protagonist. Also, the characters and plot were allowed to be messy, complex, and hu ...more
For the most part, I really liked this novel. I love books that tell fictional stories around historical professions that are now defunct. There are no apothecaries today, as they were defined in the 19th century, and we, sadly, are more likely today to have a prescription for a synthetic medication thrust into our hand than to know someone with a true knowledge of medicinal herbs and the like. Pity.

But in our heroine’s time, there were apothecaries, physicians, and surgeons galore, and their oc
Sep 28, 2011 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
Title: The Apothecary's Daughter.

Author: Julie Klassen.

Genre: Christian, Historical Fiction, Romance, Medical History, Regency England.

Plot: Lilly Haswell remembers everything, whether she wants to or not. There are things she loves to remember - birthdays, days spent with her family, etc. But there are also things she'd rather not remember, such as the day her mother left without a word and never came back. Over the years, Lilly has always imagined her mother to be off on some wild adventure, w
The story line of The Apothecary's Daughter really held my interest. I was eager to see what was coming up next, and as usual Klassen gives attention to historical detail without becoming too tedious. I loved all of the tidbits about how apothecaries worked, the ailments and remedies used to treat them.

The main problem for me is the development of the main character, Lilly.`I felt like she was somewhat inconsistent. It may have been an effort to keep the reader guessing about which suitor she wo
Jul 01, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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, the Minnesota Book Award, and ...more
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