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The Apothecary's Daughter | [Julie Klassen]

The Apothecary's Daughter

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.
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Publisher's Summary

In this poignant Regency gem by Christy Award finalist Julie Klassen, Lillian longs to soar beyond her provincial limits.

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

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"...an emotionally compelling and quietly powerful tale." (Booklist)

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    Cherri Maidens, VA, United States 08-04-09
    Cherri Maidens, VA, United States 08-04-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A well told tale"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Hyde Park, VT, United States 01-01-10
    Andrea Hyde Park, VT, United States 01-01-10
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    "Wonderful"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Thomas 05-02-12
    Paul Thomas 05-02-12
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    "wonderful!"
    Where does The Apothecary's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-03-11
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-03-11 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "good light PG listening"

    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!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Yorktown, VA, United States 12-12-10
    Carrie Yorktown, VA, United States 12-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great on audio"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mamaD 07-31-10
    mamaD 07-31-10 Member Since 2008
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    "good book,great narrator!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Meriden, CT, USA 02-11-10
    Katie Meriden, CT, USA 02-11-10 Member Since 2008
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    "The best audio I've listened to in a long time..."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Dripping Springs, TX, United States 01-18-14
    Cindy Dripping Springs, TX, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Yaaaaawn..."

    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.

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    shopper from Playa del Rey LA, CA 06-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Misleading!"

    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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    Wendy Anchorage, AK, United States 02-22-11
    Wendy Anchorage, AK, United States 02-22-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Good narrator."

    Long drawn out story. The narrator was good. The romance so long in coming it was anticlimactic.

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