The Apothecary's Daughter

The Apothecary s Daughter Lilly Haswell remembers everything whether she wants to or notAs Lilly toils in her father s apothecary preparing herbs and remedies by rote she is haunted by memories of her mother s disappearance

  • Title: The Apothecary's Daughter
  • Author: Julie Klassen
  • ISBN: 9781441203564
  • Page: 471
  • Format: ebook
  • Lilly Haswell remembers everything whether she wants to, or notAs 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 offLilly Haswell remembers everything whether she wants to, or notAs 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 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 Blending romance, family drama, and fascinating historical detail, The Apothecary s Daughter is a novel to savor and share.Discussion questions included.

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    About "Julie Klassen"

    1. Julie Klassen

      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 Christian Retailing s BEST Award, and been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America s RITA Awards and ACFW s Carol Awards She blogs at inspiredbylifeandfiction.Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St Paul, Minnesota.

    541 thoughts on “The Apothecary's Daughter”

    1. 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 [...]


    2. 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, [...]


    3. 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 to t [...]


    4. 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 [...]


    5. 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 a [...]


    6. 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 [...]


    7. 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 [...]


    8. 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' [...]


    9. 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,)old: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.


    10. 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 [...]


    11. 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! :)


    12. The beginnings of the book kept me very much interested in the story, and I did feel it was well written. There is Lilly, the heroine, her father Charles and her brother Charlie. Her father took on an apprentice, Francis Baylor. It was all a happy arrangement, until her mother's relatives came to visit and whisked Lilly to London.It started to feel like a so-so book in the second part of the book. So in London, she went to balls, parties, outings, and the like, to "find a husband", so to say. Sh [...]


    13. 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.


    14. 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 [...]


    15. 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 [...]


    16. 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.


    17. 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 [...]


    18. 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 [...]


    19. About this book:“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 and [...]


    20. 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 [...]


    21. This book had nothing offensive which was good. The story was too long and drawn out. The quotes at the top of each chapter from books of the historical time were the best part. I felt the romance (which seemed the purpose of the book) was not focused. In other romance novels (from Jane Eyre to Pride and Prejudice from whom the author seemed to draw inspiration) the "hero" was easy to pick out--he was the smartest, richest, best-looking man. This book was all about whoever was left. She ended up [...]


    22. 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 [...]


    23. 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 [...]


    24. 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 [...]


    25. 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)


    26. 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 [...]


    27. 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 [...]


    28. 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 [...]


    29. 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 [...]


    30. 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 [...]


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