Book Review: The Apothecary’s Daughter

The Apothecary's DaughterThe Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I normally don't read Christian fiction but this book was free for the Kindle and sounded intriguing so I thought I'd give it a try. (Incidentally, this was the first book I've read entirely on my new cell phone. It was fine in short doses – any longer than a half hour and my eyes would start to hurt from the backlight.)

The Apothecary's Daughter is the story of Lilly Haswell, a young lady growing up in a small English village at the turn of the 18th century. Her mother has abandoned the family and Lilly is left to care for her mentally disabled brother and help her father, the village apothecary, in his shop. Along the way she must also decide among several eligible suitors.

This book kept me guessing throughout which suitor she would end up with, although I didn't think she had that much chemistry with any of them. There was also a surprise twist at the end that came out of nowhere. I was pleasantly surprised that Christian aspect of the book was subtle. Prayer and church were mentioned a few times and that was about it.

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