The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
Life in 18th century England offered very few opportunities for women, even for women as intelligent and capable as Lilly Haswell. With her incredible memory and years growing up in her father’s shop, Lilly knows she could become a talented apothecary on her own. If only society allowed women to hold such a position. Instead, she helps her father as best as she can while taking care of a mentally challenged younger brother, dreaming about finding true love, and searching for the mother who abandoned the family years ago.
The Apothecary’s Daughter is full of drama and love, all set against a very realistic historical background. Julie Klassen shows an amazing grasp of life in this time period. I have to say that my favorite character throughout the book was Mary Mimpurse, Lilly’s best friend. Hers was a tough life, and the way her story is told is brilliant. While I had trouble getting into this story at first, I found the book was well worth reading. It is very well-written and thought-provoking.