After enjoying London's sophisticated society and the attentions of wealthy suitors, Lilly returns home to help her ailing dad. Determined to resurrect his apothecary business, Lilly labors tirelessly - praying her family's secrets and her rivals' schemes won't cloud her future.
©2008 Julie Klassen; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"...an emotionally compelling and quietly powerful tale." (Booklist)
This book was a sweet story with characters that grew in complexity throughout the tale. For a few days, I escaped into the garden, and the shop, and the village. A couple of characters were developed, and left hanging, as one situation was minimalized too simply after having so much time and concern devoted to it throughout the book,but over all, I really enjoyed this book.
This was a delightful listen; the plot was not perdictable; the reader was excellent; I learned a lot about that era--especially women and the apothecary. Would recommend highly.
trying to see the world with my ears
There's lots of verisimilitude and details of the apothecary art in the early 19th century. Porter's narration elevates the novel by at least a star. I'm not a fan of what are termed "inspirational" novels, and the "Christie award winning" label appplied to the author made me hesitant to download this; however, the few references to prayer scattered through the story are not hamfisted - and even an atheist shouldn't be put off that element -- We don't like the corsets the ladies in these novels wear, but we accept them as part of the Regency world -- so why not a character who prays occasionally? I'll take that over bodice-ripping any day!
Great book; author masterfully described the inner workings of the human soul. I cried few times while listening - characters seem to be so real, their emotional pain so intimately familiar, so genuine. This story re-invigorates faith in devotion of a true friendship, commitment and love. I disagree with others that note this book is intended for Christian audiences. I am not a Christian, but this story touched my heart.
Wonderful narration and this title is probably best on audio. Interesting characters and plot and lots of little historical tidbit "gifts" to the reader/listener. I think it would be a little slower and too much narrative for a regular-read book. Great for audio because you could listen to this several times and still enjoy it. The reader should think of this as a romantic historical not a historical romance. Has a literary feel to it. It was obvious that Ms. Klassen put a tremendous amount of work into this book.
nice book. Narrator Ms Porter Makes the book come alive. I do not know if I would have bought this one if it was not for Ms Porter was reading it. I was pleasently surprised.
I absolutely loved it. This story was so great that I immediately downloaded The Lady of Milkweed Manor. I'm also reading The Silent Governess. It isn't a waste of your time. I've listened to hundreds of books, by now and if you're in a mood for a great Christian book, this is it.
Avid reader, picky about narrators.
The story is nice enough, if somewhat overly sweet, but not at all what I was lead to expect from the online blurb. This book is intended very specificaly for the Christian market. And that's just fine, in and of itself -- but I know from experience that I'm not very likely to enjoy books written for that market. If I'd known ahead of time, I wouldn't have bought it. If feel a bit mislead, and I wish the description of the book had been clearer about the book's focus.
This story just meandered around so long I stopped caring what happened to anyone. I thought it was supposed to be a romance, but I would not call it that at all. The main character cares for no man in particular, outside of her father and brother for 90 percent of the story. So, I had expectations that were sorely disappointed. If you want a romance, be warned.
The only thing keeping me halfway engaged was Davina Porter's voice. (She's my favorite narrator and the main reason I gave this book a chance.)
I love Jane Austen, historical romances AND inspirational stories. And this book falls in that category -- I guess -- but I these characters started to bore me after awhile and their little lives were just not that interesting. To me anyway. Obviously some people did like them. But I was glad when it was OVER and I could move on.
BTW - If characters referring to God or praying occasionally offends you, it happens so little in this book, I can't imagine it would even be a distraction. But I've read some reviews where people complain it was too "religious." They obviously have some pretty serious issues, because it's NOT.
This is a religious/spiritual book. That is not made clear in the summary. I was not interested in listening to a religious book. I will be asking for a refund.
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