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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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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A really sweet story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Apothecary's Daughter to be better than the print version?

Yes because anything read by Davina Porter is better than reading it myself. I love to listen to her-

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Carrie
  • Yorktown, VA, United States
  • 12-12-10

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrea
  • Hyde Park, VT, United States
  • 01-01-10

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 06-03-11

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!

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 03-31-15

Herbs, Apothecaries, and Love in 1800s England

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 . . .

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Katie
  • Meriden, CT, USA
  • 02-11-10

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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic narration for a snore of a story

I would listen to Davina Porter read my W2 form, so rich and melodious is her voice. The lovely cover and title I'm ashamed to say they lured me in, thinking this tale would be akin to the Outlander saga. Alas that comparison made this book pale. Klassen did put out interesting herbal tales at times, but even that information often sounded like Wikipedia, so dull was it presented. The characters were very "nice" with little personality and either very very good or very very bad, only Davina Porter's variety of voices allowed me to tell them apart. Sadly, I'm a ways into the story and still don't give a whit for anyone in it, nor does the plot offer anything but a smart, virtuous Apothecary's daughter, seemingly perfect, and "astonished" to view a tower 20 meters away in a telescope, finding this so much more exciting than life in London. Really?? Several men vie for her favor. She has a friend with epilepsy and an ailing dad who may or may not get better. That's about it. Listening to this on my walk and finding myself drifting off for 10 minutes at a time with no desire to back it up, made me realize it was time to quit. The meandering non plot became grating. Porter's wondrous voice I shall miss, but I think my W2 form is indeed more interesting.