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The Apothecary's Daughter

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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  21,511 ratings  ·  2,028 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.

When a relative off

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ebook, 392 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!
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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
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Andrea Cox
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,
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Joleen
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
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Margaret Chind
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: CBD.com
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
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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
Srta Books
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leídos-2018
4,5/5 ⭐ las historias de esta mujer me encantan. Los personajes, la trama, la forma de escribir que tiene...me gustan un montón. ...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
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April
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
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Virginia
Jan 13, 2009 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
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Belinda
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In and old agenda: four fat stars for his Historical novel. I enjoyed it 🌹🌷🌸
Ariannha
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia diferente, con una protagonista diferente trabajadora, llena de ilusiones y sentimientos.
Una trama simple pero tan completa con sus personajes, sus historias y sus secretos.
Me ha gustado mucho.
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
Josee
Jan 31, 2011 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
Jessica
Mar 31, 2009 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! :)
Cintia
5 BIG STARS!

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
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Kat
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Soany

Empece con muchas ganas este libro esperando solamente que la historia fuera como la primera que leí de esta autora pero no fue así. Nuevamente caímos en lo mismo.

Si bien al principio si capto mi interés el tema de la boticaria y la protagonista con su inteligencia pero luego fui perdiendo el interés porque no pasaba nada en la historia. No había romance. Incluso pensé que tendríamos el misterio por la desaparición de la madre pero no. Puedo contar con una mano las veces que se menciona ese tema
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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
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Robbin
Jan 31, 2011 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
J.T. IV
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Julie
Jan 18, 2009 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
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Michelle
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Staci
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
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Larry Kegley
Aug 14, 2012 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
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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
Rita
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.
Amy
Jun 12, 2014 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)
Lucimar
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A escrita primorosa de Júlia Klassen que mesmo sem tragédias me arrancaram lágrimas pela busca que a heroína faz atrás de sua mãe, pelos seus sonhos em viver outra vida e pela indecisão da escolha dos prováveis parceiros que a fará feliz. Mas nada me tocou mais e me deixou triste que a morte de Mary. Mesmo conhecendo o histórico de sua doença, não acreditei...
Os personagens são ricos e se apresentam qual tal é a natureza do ser humano perversa ou não. A autora retratou be
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Rachel
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
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