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Friday, November 28, 2014

The Apothecary's Daughter - Julie Klassen



   The Apothecary’s Daughter is a wonderful story beginning in 1810, England. Within the pages you will find heartbreak and romance, hope and despair, sorrow and joy. But above all, Faith.

   Lillian (Lilly) Haswell is the daughter of the village apothecary in Wiltshire, England. However, she longs for adventure and a life outside of her father’s shop. Her mother left when she was younger and Lilly dreams of the adventures she is having and longs to follow after her and find her. But she is devoted to her father and her brother, Charlie. When Lilly is whisked away to London by her Aunt and Uncle Elliot, she believes all of her dreams are about to come true. Balls, admirers, the chance to marry a wealthy man and settle in London, but also the chance to look for her mother. Although, following a sad series of events, she has to return home to help her father run his shop, or risk having it closed. One of her admirers, Dr. Graves, follows her home and becomes partnered with the local physician (who dislikes Lilly Haswell and her family). But finds that he is not the only one interested in Miss Haswell. His competition is none other than, Francis Baylor, Mr. Haswell’s former apothecary apprentice. While women were allowed to assist and work in
apothecary shops, they were forbidden from diagnosing and prescribing treatments. It is not long before she has to cross the line of the law. Will grace and mercy be shown? Or will this be the end of Haswell’s once and for all? Along her journey Lilly loses herself, but finds who she is and what she truly longs for in life in the most unexpected places. Throughout her trials and struggles she learns how to depend on the Lord for strength and wisdom.

  So far I have enjoyed every book by Julie Klassen that I have read. Her novels are long and full of detail (too much to be able to fit it all here) and she draws me in until I am completely obsessed with the story! The Apothecary’s Daughter was no different. I really enjoyed learning about the different herbs and their uses, apothecary. I found it all quite fascinating. I adore historical fiction, especially set in England. I was able to truly taste life in the early 1800s through this book. In a lot of ways I could relate to Lilly as well. I have left “home” twice in my life, living adventurously. But my heart was never at peace until I returned home. My highest compliments to Mrs. Klassen and I cannot wait to read the rest of your books!

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