The Apothecary's Daughter

The Apothecary's Daughter

Book - 2012
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Yearning for more adventure in her life and longing to know the truth behind her mother's disappearance, Lillian Haswell, the daughter of the local apothecary, seizes the opportunity when a distant aunt offers to educate her as a lady in London.
Publisher: London : Piatkus, 2012
ISBN: 9780749954499
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 392 pages ;,20 cm


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Mar 30, 2014

The Apothecary’s Daughter --- by Charlotte Betts. A novel of love and hope, a novel of loss and a novel of fear; a novel of melancholy and joy, this novel by a new writer tells of the story of Susannah the apothecary’s daughter who is cheated of all she deserves by a capricious, predatory step-mother who marries Susannah’s widowed father (presumable seen by the wicked step mother with three mouths to feed as a meal ticket) There is no room anymore for the apothecary's daughter it in smallish house now filled to over-flowing with three squalling brats and a step-mother who wishes Susannah were anywhere else but under the same roof with her. Susannah soon finds herself almost on the streets, adrift in a London of the 1660’s that places no value upon a learned and lettered woman --- that places no value on a woman at all unless she is wed. Other ingredients in this novel, and they are biggies: a surprise pregnancy to a woman whose own mother died in childbirth; the black death that carries away the unborn child’s father, Susannah’s own father, and Susannah’s only life-long friend. And as though facing these tribulations were not enough of a trial, in the end Susannah must face the Great London Fire of 1666. Suspense is palpable through this story. So are many other emotions. It would be a shame to consign this novel, just because the main protagonist is a woman, to the category of “chick lit”. This novel goes beyond that. It is a good story. It is a story you won’t be able to put down.

Mar 01, 2014

An enjoyable read. Gave a good idea of the social conditions of the time and the ending was....ohhhhhhhhh. Nice.

Feb 06, 2014

Enjoyed this book, the first I've read by this author - have just started in the follow-up, The Painter's Apprentice.


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