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!Read E-pub º The Apothecary's Daughter Ü Lilly Haswell remembers everything whether she wants to, or notAs Lilly toils in her father s apothecary shop, preparing herbs and remedies by rote, she is haunted by memories of her mother s disappearance Villagers whisper the tale, but her father refuses to discuss it All the while, she dreams of the world beyond of travel and adventure and romanceWhen a relative offers to host her in London, Lilly discovers the pleasures and pitfalls of fashionable society and suitors, as well as clues about her mother But will Lilly find what she is searching for the truth of the past and a love for the future Very unpredictable I was so pleased I had absolutely no clue as to what would happen, where she would end up or who she would end up with Very well written and entertaining Me at 47% This book is so unconventional and interesting The heroine, Lilly, has 4 or 5 guys who are pursuing her and I can t tell which one she s going to end up with Me at 85% eyeroll This feels like a Regency era Choose Your Own Adventure story, only with men How long is Lilly going to string all these guys along Shouldn t it be at least a little apparent to me if not to her which guy is the right one It really kind of irritated me that I could see the story going in any of at least Me at 47% This book is so unconventional and interesting The heroine, Lilly, has 4 or 5 guys who are pursuing her and I can t tell which one she s going to end up with Me at 85% eyeroll This feels like a Regency era Choose Your Own Adventure story, only with men How long is Lilly going to string all these guys along Shouldn t it be at least a little apparent to me if not to her which guy is the right one It really kind of irritated me that I could see the story going in any of at least four directions, without doing violence to the plot line And when the guys finally started dropping out of contention for Lilly s hand, it still irked me, because it felt like authorial fiat rather than developments that were integral to the plot or the characters Oh, so and so just dissed the ability of women to work guess he s not the right guy Oh, this guy suddenly started acting all spiritual and suggested a prayer Better bump him to the top of the heap I like a few unexpected turns in my romances but this felt a bit ridiculous.The plot generally took a few random turns and a couple of big leaps forward in time that startled me and broke my concentration I kept thinking the author could have used the line from The Princess Bride All my father used to say at this point was, What with one thing and another, three years fourteen months passed Julie Klassen did do a lot of research into 19th century medical practices and the life of an apothecary, and those parts were different and quite interesting, but beware if you have a sensitive stomach and have qualms about reading detailed descriptions of how people were treated with leeches or lancets for blood letting, and suchlike pThere are some quirky POV shifts in this book It s 98% written in a third person POV for Lilly, but the beginning and end scenes are, for reasons known only to Klassen, written in 1st person POV But what was really odd was when when, after the 50% mark, we suddenly have a handful of scenes written from the POV of a couple of Lilly s suitors, just randomly dropped into the text here and there If you re going to switch POVs, do itoften, or not at all.The inspirational religious aspects of this story aren t too heavy in fact, they felt a little like an afterthought to me , but there is some discussion of prayer and God s role in our lives.I enjoyed the first Julie Klassen book I read a year or so ago, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, but this one and The Girl in the Gatehouse were a little disappointing.Content super clean, except for a few medically disturbing scenes and some discussion of married couples who have cheated on each other For a book with so many men milling around the main character, I think there were a total of three rather chaste kisses in the book.2.5 stars by Andrea Renee CoxI m so glad I reread this book It s a special story filled with twists and turns I liked that each of the potential suitors for Lilly had at least a few favorable characteristics The pace was spot on, ramping up and ebbing at the exactly right moments The setting was just as amazing as the characters and plot This is an all around great book.It was a little strange to wait until the halfway point to introduce points of view from two of the suitors Once I got used to it, by Andrea Renee CoxI m so glad I reread this book It s a special story filled with twists and turns I liked that each of the potential suitors for Lilly had at least a few favorable characteristics The pace was spot on, ramping up and ebbing at the exactly right moments The setting was just as amazing as the characters and plot This is an all around great book.It was a little strange to wait until the halfway point to introduce points of view from two of the suitors Once I got used to it, both POVs flowed well, but it was shocking when they first cropped up.Content alcohol marital affairsI am eager to read another Julie Klassen book early in 2018 it s nearly Christmas 2017 as I m writing this Have you read one yet If so, which is your favorite This one s mine I was not compensated for my honest review Another incredible piece of historical fiction with strong characters from second published authorJulie Klassen Without a doubt, Klassen is on my favorite author s list BothLady of Milkweed Manorand