rating: 5 of 5 stars
This has to be one of my most favorite books of all time! This was my first read by Julie Klassen and certainly won't be my last!
***I have amended this review based on the advice of a fellow reading friend***
This story is about Miss Lillian Haswell, the daughter of Charles Haswell, the town apothecary. From a young age, Miss Haswell learns how to concoct the potions for her father from their physic garden they grow. They are toted as being "miracle workers" for their prescriptions and mastery of the medicinal herbs they prescribe.
I really enjoy how the author quotes various remedies or sayings from some rather ancient apothecaries and their writings. This appealed to me, I'm sure, because of my nursing background.
I also thoroughly loved the descriptions of high life in London during this time period. The descriptions of the frocks made me want to jump into the book and be Lillian for a while.
I also enjoyed the love interests that popped up for various characters throughout this book. I am one to try to guess the ending, but I wouldn't have guessed it to end the way it did. Was the right choice made? I think so!
There are many twists and turns in this book that tempt the reader to continue turning pages no matter what 'real life' is presenting at the moment. This is definitely a book that will stay on my book shelves!!!
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