Tuesday, June 14, 2011
She pushed open the shop door, barely hearing the familiar bell. The usual rush of voices and aromas greeted her. Treasures from distant lands and nearby meadows, dried, crushed, and distilled filled the air with powerful, exotic appeal.
[location 140-43 Kindle]
While working in her father’s apothecary shop in the small village of Bedsley Priors, Lilly Haswell dreams of one day traveling the world, perhaps even finding her mother, who had left her family three years before and has never been heard from since. When the chance to live with her maternal aunt and uncle is unexpectedly offered to her, Lilly sees the opportunity for a new life. Once in London, she indulges in a bit of romantic flirtation with several different men while also learning more about her mother’s mysterious disappearance. Then, when a crisis forces Lilly to return to Bedsley Priors, she faces the difficult challenge of giving up her fabulous independent life in order to help out the family she has always loved.
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 favorite parts of the book was trying to figure out who she would end up with romantically. Just when I thought I had it all figured out the author would take me in another direction. And I was totally blind sighted at the end of the book...never saw a shocking development coming until it smacked me in the face!! I love when that happens!!
Recommend? Absolutely, especially for those that enjoy historical fiction that takes place in England. My favorite part of the book was learning about the roles of the apothecary and how instrumental and crucial they were to the townspeople. Many of the villagers trusted these men more than their local doctors. And with the haughty demeanor of doctors I could totally understand why a person would take the advice of their apothecary over the doctor any day.
Author: Julie Klassen Published: January 2009Publisher: Bethany HouseGenre: Gentle Reads Historical FictionSource: Kindle ebook (free download via Amazon.com)
ASIN: B001LDJIQM Disclaimer: I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel
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