I finally finished reading the third and final book, The Apothecary’s Daughter by a historical romance author, Julie Klassen. Though I enjoyed it like I had her other two novels, The Silent Governess and Lady of Milkweed Manor, I had hard time getting attached to the characters of this book for some reason.
Perhaps it’s because they were all too realistic. Money and society came first before love and romance and it wasn’t a typical story of a love-conquers-all. There is nothing wrong with that of course but I can’t help but expect an unconditional love that are not affected by norms or social standards whatever they might be….
I hope it doesn’t take Julie Klassen too long to write her next book. :-)
As Lilly toils in her father’s apothecary, 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 romance. When 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? Blending romance, family drama, and fascinating historical detail, The Apothecary’s Daughter is a novel to savor and share. <source: from the book cover>