The Apothecary's Daughter

The Apothecary's Daughter

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Exposed to fashionable society and romance--as well as clues about her mother--Lillian Haswell, brilliant daughter of a local apothecary, is torn when she is summoned back to her ailing father's bedside to save the family legacy at a time when women are forbidden to work as apothecaries and the suspicious eyes of a scholarly physician and a competing apothecary are upon her.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House, c2008
Branch Call Number: ROMANCE KLA PBK
Characteristics: 415 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780764204807


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Jan 15, 2014

This is a great old time story of a girl coming into her own. Lillian is the only daughter of an apothecary with a mind like no other. She lost her mother to some mysterious circumstances when she was younger and has been looking for her whenever she has a moment or a thread to pull. Her Aunt and Uncle come to give her a life in London which at the time was what every girl wanted. She was pampered for over a year until she received a mysterious letter about her father and the shop. Lillian goes home to find the whole village changed. It is a wonderful story about her finding herself, her place in the world and living in a time where women were not valued. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy a cozy read. It is a fast read, a longer book but a quick read

Cdnbookworm Nov 09, 2013

This historical novel is set in the early 1800s, mostly in Wiltshire, but also a bit in London. Lilly (Lillian) is the daughter of an apothecary in a small town in Wiltshire and recently turned eighteen. Her mother left the family unexpectedly and Lilly still watches the canal boats looking for her. Besides Lilly and her father is her younger brother Charlie, who has learning difficulties but is a kind and gentle boy. Lilly's best friend Mary works with her mother in their bakery. When Lilly's maternal aunt and uncle offer to bring her to London and introduce her to society, she jumps at the chance to see more of the world.
This novel is a tale of society of the time and what is frowned upon and what is lauded. It is also a tale of the apothecary world, of which I knew only the basics before this. It is also a bit of a romance between various characters, with the young people mingling and getting to know each other but being very careful about commitment. It definitely sets the novel in a particular historical period, and the characters are nuanced enough to provide an interesting story that isn't predictable.
I quite enjoyed it.

Feb 03, 2012

The potential was enormous. The result was disappointing. Set in 1810(ish)Lilly, the daughter of an apothecary, finds herself a) looking for her missing mother; b) looking for a suitable suitor; and c) looking after her father and brother. Looking, seems to be what her life is all about - that and not seeing what it right in front of her. Like the fact that (Spoil alert!)her best friend is also her half-sister.

It's clear that women are not accepted in the apothecary field - so what else is new in 1810? - but Lilly seems to have no choice but to be one. For the most part she is admired for her abilities, but only when it is convenient. When it is not... well, she meekly apologizes and prays that nothing bad will come of it. She continues to do what she does, but she never fights for her right to do it.

The story is predictable and weak. While well written, it falls short of the aforementioned enormous potential. What is interesting, however, is the way in which apothecaries, doctors and surgeons are viewed by the people they serve and how they view each other. The juggling for position between these professions/trades is intriguing. How women fit into it all was sadly both a focus and completely ignored.


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Jul 10, 2012

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