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The Apothecary's Daughter Paperback – January 1, 2009
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After reading Klassen's former novel, "Lady of Milkweed Manor" I was eagerly awaiting her next work and was not left disappointed. While I still prefer "Lady of Milkweed Manor," "The Apothecary's Daughter" claimed my attention from morning to late afternoon, until I finished it. Lilly was an engaging heroine; bright and intelligent. The only disappointment that I felt was that her father hadn't realized what a jewel he had for a daughter until almost the end. Of course one must keep in mind that this story is based in the Regency Era and that the medical profession was forbidden to women.Read more ›
Julie Klassen's characters are so detailed and fleshed out that you feel you actually know these people. You want to be involved with their lives. Her books are so deep, not like other Christian Fiction. Some of those are just fluff with scriptures thrown in. This author goes deep into the heart of things.
I am eagerly looking forward to her next book and I've only just finished this one. Her books are so good that you can't wait to finish but hate to finish.
Pros: the author has clearly done a lot of research, and her descriptions of Regency-era medical preparations are fascinating (if nauseating). All of the characters, especially Lilly, her brother and her best friend, are well drawn and interesting. Ms. Klassen never preaches, but works Christian themes subtly and appropriately into the story.
Cons: the plot is long, there are many characters, and there are long stretches where nothing much happens. The book would have been benefited from more ruthless editing, pruning the book to the only the most important themes and characters. Several readers have compared author Klassen to Jane Austen, and this book can be compared to Austen's lesser works (such as "Mansfield Park"). But Klassen lacks the sense of humor that permeates Jane Austen's writing, to the author's detriment.
The bottom line: this is a serviceable, but not wonderful, Regency romance. Considering that I obtained the free Kindle version, I certainly got my money's worth.
it also contains a lot of information on the era, which is very pleasantly and easily read along with the story.
what touched me deeply (except for the romance, of course) was that every time a miracle was needed (which was quite often) God certainly provided one, every time, although a different one than axpected.
i also loved the characters, the good along with the bad, the weak along with the righteous, because i felt like i really got to know them.
i loved the author's first book, and although i thought it would be very difficult for her to surpass it, i have to say this may be even better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always love how Julie Klassen educates her readers. I'm crazy about the complicated love triangle and I also really loved That it wasn't all just fun and romance. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Lemonyparker
good story with a clear insight in women s working lifes 1 century ago...Published 4 days ago by C. G. M. Knegt
Even as an English major I was never of those girls that swooned over the book version of Mr. Darcy. (Although I will confess I do have a major crush on Colin Firth. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Second Run Reviews
This book has helped me get thru the month of January, a time of reflecting on the past , the present and the future. Read morePublished 10 days ago by happiest when I'm reading
As usual, exciting, enticing, and well rounded, Mrs. Klassen does it again. Such a good book. All the feels. All of them. Well done.Published 14 days ago by Imani W
I love reading books written by Victoria Holt! They hold my interest!Published 14 days ago by Robin Chapman
Just the right amount of history and romance. I enjoyed the pharmacy references.Published 19 days ago by cathie reich
Loved the development and variety of characters. I love Julie's choice of characters and I feel like I was there with Lilly!Published 21 days ago by Mary Anne
At first it was a little hard to understand parts of the book because of the dialect used by the characters, but I soon began to get interested in the story line. Read morePublished 23 days ago by songbird