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The Apothecary's Daughter

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  22,593 ratings  ·  2,113 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 415 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers
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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
Andrea Cox
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
by Andrea Renee Cox

I'm so glad I reread this book. It's a special story filled with twists and turns. I liked that each of the potential suitors for Lilly had at least a few favorable characteristics. The pace was spot-on, ramping up and ebbing at the exactly right moments. The setting was just as amazing as the characters and plot. This is an all-around great book.

It was a little strange to wait until the halfway point to introduce points of view from two of the suitors. Once I got used to it,
Margaret Chind
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by:
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 elem
Seven years ago I read the The Apothecary's Daughter. My first Julie Klassen book. I loved it then and it was just as good the second time around.

I had forgotten much — okay I’d forgotten nearly all of it, so it was like a new book to me.

Lily was the only daughter of a village apothecary well outside of London. An aunt and uncle whom she'd never met came to visit in hopes of claiming Lily's brother as their heir. They were disappointed upon realizing Charlie was a bit simple and would have no w
Mar 10, 2010 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
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
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay, this is the first book I’ve read where I really didn’t know who the heroine would end up with. I had no idea which of the 3 suitors to root for. I was rooting for one thinking he was who the author had chosen & was wrong. That aspect made me a little frustrated. The romance in this book wasn’t nearly as developed as I would have liked, but it was sweet & I was happy with Lily’s choice. There was a huge shock at the end I didn’t see coming so that was fun.

Overall, it’s an enjoyable story b
Breann Thompson
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
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! :)
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
In and old agenda: four fat stars for his Historical novel. I enjoyed it 🌹🌷🌸
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Maggie Boyd
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
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 rated it it was ok
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
This was a good book with lots of great characters. Klassen always pulls me in with her main characters. I loved learning about Apothecary's and the differences between dr., surgeons and apothecary's. I also always fall in love with the setting of her books they are so much a part of her stories and this one was no different. I did have a problem with the love story in this and it is probably because it takes place over many years. There were just too many men thrown into the mix and I had no id ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
A fantastic regency read, though not my favorite by Ms. Klassen. Set in a small village where everyone knows everything about everyone, and some know even more about you than you do, this book follows the life and dreams of Lilly Haswell. Lilly longs for many things, most of all escape. As the story progresses though, as with so much of real life, Lilly begins to wonder if what she is chasing is all it is cracked up to be, and even more if it is what she really wants or needs. If you are a fan o ...more
Jun 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
Larry Kegley
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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.
Jun 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
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) ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was another great Regency romance novel by Julie Klassen with an element of mystery to it as is the case with most of her novels although it lacked that Gothic flavor apparent in many of them. However, I still greatly enjoyed this well written novel full of interesting characters. I especially liked learning more about apothecaries than I ever knew before and about how people treated those with epilepsy back before they had much knowledge about it. The reason why this novel is not five star ...more
Heather Bohman
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is not my typical kind of book. I was trying to find something for my book group to enjoy. I knew we hadn’t read anything regency-romance for awhile, because the gals that usually recommend this genre haven’t been recommending books lately. I felt like I was missing my annual trip to Jane Austin’s England! Although this book didn’t change my life, it was squeaky clean and had a few twists and turns that kept me engaged. The story spanned over several years. Initially Lilly was a somewhat si ...more
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
Wow.... I liked this book far more than the last Klassen book. Until toward the end of the book, I wasn't sure who she would get with, and not because she was in love with a bunch of different guys.
Klassen is a masterful storyteller. After this, I will be trying some more of her books.

I felt Lily's character change was the weakest part of the story and kind of by accident, hence the one star off.
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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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