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.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Prior to modern medicine, antibiotics, and when apothecary's were as much or more trusted in the treatment of diseases as doctors, this historical tale takes the listener into the small village of Bedsley Priors, England during the 1800s. Although fiction, I learned a lot about the herbs, many of which are still used today in the treatment of serious illnesses, and the training that apothecaries underwent. Physicians regularly went into the apothecary shops to purchase medicines with which to treat their patients, many times relying on the expertise of the apothecary to distill and mix the herbs and plants. It was against the law for women to practice medicine or to prescribe treatment (as apothecaries did). Class discrimination, of course, ran rampant, then as it does now, and working through acceptable social behavior for women, as well as choosing a "proper" suitor, long kept Lilly, the apothecary's daughter from discovering where her true treasure lay . . . Her faith, ever present, continued to carry her forward, as well as her love for her family, and her journey found her rewarded in the end. Very satisfying listen . . .
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.
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.
Narrative makes the world go round.
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!
Yes because anything read by Davina Porter is better than reading it myself. I love to listen to her-
My favorite thing about this story is that you didn't know who Lily was going to end up with. Often the reader knows fairly early who will end up together and the rest of the story is about their ups and downs. I liked that this was Lily's story and she wasn't sure who she wanted until the very end. I also like how you see Lily's growth and maturity throughout the book as well as the ending. It is very satisfying and not all tired up with a ' happily ever after' bow-it isn't tragic but it is realistic.
Her accents and her voice-AMAZING. I love her northern England accents almost as well as her Scottish ones. Her narration and interpretations of books increases the quality of the story immensely. I will listen to anything she narrates and am trying to listen to all of her books.
I don't know why I can't edit my 'overall' score- it should be 5 stars, I just didn't catch the mistake until I previewed my review. I think it is a 5 star book in every category.
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.
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.
There were 1 or 2 surprises that I didn't expect.
I liked Shuttleworth and Marlow, but any character is made more alive by Davina. She is hands down my favorite narrator. I have listened to her for years while reading and re-reading the Outlander Series. I was worried it would sound too similar, but after the first chapter, I didn't think about Outlander at all - in a good way!
No, it was just pleasant. It drew me in.
Some predictability in the story, some similarities to a certain Jane Austin novel. I love Austin, so it's ok, but it felt that the story line was really heading in the same direction. Thankfully there was enough surprise sprinkled in and again, enjoyed the book very much!
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