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~FREE BOOK ♅ The Apothecary's Daughter ⚖ 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 RomanceWhen A Relative Offers To Host Her In London, Lilly Discovers The Pleasures And Pitfalls Of Fashionable Society And Suitors, As Well As Clues About Her Mother But Will Lilly Find What She Is Searching For The Truth Of The Past And A Love For The Future 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 extended stay in London, complete with the promise of tutors, gowns, and balls, Lilly concedes even though she will terribly miss her father and her handicapped brother, Charlie Lilly travels to London with the aspirations to further her education, experience adventures, make new acquaintances, and perhaps, find some clues about her mother s disappearance The Apothecary s Daughter by Julie Klassen is a charming and sweet Regency tale that will fascinate readers with its historical facts and details about the art of being an apothecary I particularly enjoyed learning about the many remedies and cures used back in the nineteenth century In addition, in this novel Ms Klassen subtly employs themes of Christianity and faith She never sermonizes or moralizes, she merely stresses the importance of turning your problems and anxieties over to God and that with God all things are possible In this novel Ms Klassen leaves her audience in suspense and befuddlement about which man will be the one to win Lilly s heart until the very end of the novel So if you like books were the romance is unpredictable and unexpected, you will like this aspect of the novel greatly For myself, surprisingly I found it a little disappointing and unsatisfying Lilly has three suitors in this novel and throughout the majority of it she is undecided about which one she is in love with Because of this, Lilly sometimes seemed to be a little fickle and inconstant In addition, with three different male characters the book it didn t seem to have a true hero or main male character I was a little disappointed in how my favorite suitor was abruptly abandoned and how we were left with no glimpse of his future.Is this book Austenesque Not really, although this book takes place in the same Regency time period of many of Jane Austen s novels there aren t a lot of similarities between Ms Klassen s and Ms Austen s writing, characters, and style Is this book Historical Christian Fiction Yes, although I felt its inspirational and religious elements to be very light and not as meaningful as I expected However, this book would be great for readers who don t really care much for the mention of God and faith in their historical fiction Overall, The Apothecary s Daughter by Julie Klassen was an engaging novel that I found to be a very pleasant read I look forward to reading other works by Julie Klassen as I greatly enjoyed the articulate and accurate historical backdrop she gave her story If you are interested in historical fiction, the Regency Era, or apothecaries than I suggest you give this book a try. 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 BothLady of Milkweed ManorandThe Apothecary s Daughterwere 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 the way her story is told This book is divided up into sections that works quite well It is a long book and fabulously so, I did not want it to end The one qualm that I did have, is that the last section is very dark to me Everything that can go wrong is going wrong and it was a little much to experience all at once, when the rest of the book was much light heart ed I feel kinda like if there was so happiness in there with the dark toward the end that it would have worked better Then it ends abruptly exactly as a perfect ending as it could be My opinion would have been to draw it out with details and happy within the dark cloud, rather than having everything fixed in a last chapter and epilogue But then we readers cannot get everything we want when fabulous authors are limited to just 400 pages or so Good points and bad, my overall opinion is that the story is fabulous My favorite portion of all is where the name for the book came from It makes me teary eyed And you will just have to go read it to find out why Once again a winner from Julie in my opinion, and I desperately cannot wait for books from her in the future 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 way to inherit and take over their estate.Having been very impressed with Lily though, they wrote to invite her to stay with them in London to enjoy the season in hopes she might find a nice match Knowing her father s apprentice, Francis, could take her duties in the shop, Lily set off from the only home she had never known to an adventure she never dreamed possible.Lily fit quite well in London s social scene and had a number of men showing her interest, but love was what she really wanted For a quality match she was instructed that her father s occupation, and the fact that her mother had abandoned the family years before, needed to be kept secret Lily, being an honest person, couldn t lie when the question was finally asked, much to her aunt s dismay Suddenly her options weren t as solid.A cryptic message about her father sent her home after about a year, and things again changed for Lily I enjoyed all the twists and turns of the story All the men interested in Lily, doctors vs apothecaries issues, her brother s problems and best friend s epilepsy made for an entertaining page turner The last paragraph brought it all together, and I laughed that I had forgotten that.I believe it would be a good book for any age. 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 next and have no idea how you got there or exactly when and where there is.I enjoyed the story smart small town girl thinks she knows what she wants only to be proven wrong and in the course of events finds herself the subject attention for 3 men but it was fairly predictable It s not a book I would scramble to read again, but its also not one I feel compelled to toss out my apartment window into a passing garbage truck It is what it is And it s just OK. 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 red herrings thrown their way They should be able to look back and say, Ah, yes The clues were there after all She was made for THIS man But given the structure of the story, I thought for sure she d end up with a particular character, only to find out later that I was wrong In any case, the heroine seemed to be equally divided her physical and emotional reaction to each suitor gave each suitor an equally good chance My impression was that perhaps the author herself didn t know whom the heroine would end up choosing, and while I have no problem with that in real life, I like a little certainty in books in the romance genre.Or maybe I m just too used to reading other books in the same genre and period Perhaps my expectations are based too much on what I ve read before the hero was simply not introduced in a way that I thought he ought to have been Nothing wrong with that, of course Nothing wrong with being original.I just I couldn t help but be disappointed.Downloaded February 22, 2010. 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 detail that supports the story instead of distracting from it It reads like she s been influenced by a love of Jane Austin, and has successfully created characters that I think are romantic, real, and relatable The spiritual content is subtle and seamless to the plot, and most importantly, doesn t beat the reader over the head to make a point To my knowledge I ve never met Julie Klassen, so I m not trying to butter up a friend I really enjoyed the book that much I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys well written and realistic historical romance. In and old agenda four fat stars for his Historical novel I enjoyed it by Andrea Renee CoxI 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, both POVs flowed well, but it was shocking when they first cropped up.Content alcohol marital affairsI am eager to read another Julie Klassen book early in 2018 it s nearly Christmas 2017 as I m writing this Have you read one yet If so, which is your favorite This one s mine I was not compensated for my honest review. 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 In addition, she is dealing with the shame of her mother s disappearance that is the subject of village scandal Previously unknown relatives arrive at Lilly s home because they wish to take her brother, Charlie, as their heir, since the could is childless Due Charlie being mentally challenged they do not, but still they are impressed with Lilly s intellect and decided to take her to London in order to find her a good match.Thankfully for Lilly there are several men who are willingly to fight for her hand in marriage A nobleman, the childhood friend, the second choice and the guy who seems to be just right Oh what s a girl to do Thankfully, before she can make a choice, she returns home and finds her father acting a damn fool due to dealing competition from rival doctors and apothecary shops Using her brilliance or as I like to call it, common sense, she manages to bring some common sense back into his mindset and also helps return their apothecary shop to its previous glory In the meantime three of our four love interests find their way into Lilly s life and manage to all look like the perfect men for her Which one does she pick I could honestly care less and that s the problem with this book not to mention it just seemed to go around in circles for no reason I don t care and if I don t care who she ends up with then it s all worthless The story line about the mother was somewhat interesting until it is dropped to bring up some twist with Lilly s father.Lilly herself didn t grab me as an interesting character Thinking back on the book while writing this there is nothing I can say stood out for me about her personality There was no fire, no passion, she was just there All together not a great book, not horrible, but certainly not for me and those who have my mentality.2 5 Stars.