In a time when women were supposed to have nothing to do with medicine or healing people, Lilly Haswell found a way to be involved. In "The Apothecary's Daughter" by Julie Klassen, the daughter of a famous apothecary in a small town helped out in her father's shop and tried to help people heal from whatever ailed them. It was more than just healing herbs for Lilly. She had a broken heart. Her mother left her family and had not been heard of since she left her home and family. Determined to find out the truth, Lilly aims to discover the mystery behind her fractured family.
The novel follows Lilly's journey into womanhood. Lilly helps out in her father's apothecary shop and constantly wonders what happened to her mother who left their family. A stay in London to visit her mother's relatives opens her eyes to a world beyond working in her father's store. When Lilly is called back home though, she realizes how at home she is in the world of apothecaries and how it may be her calling. Lilly blossoms into womanhood in her hometown surrounded by three suitors and discovers shocking things about her family that will change her world forever.
"The Apothecary's Daughter" is one of those reads that has potential because it is always interesting to see a strong female character, especially one involved in an unconventional world such as being an apothecary, but the novel just has too much going around. Lilly has three different men panting after her, but you can't fully understand any of her relationships with them. The three male characters in Lilly's world are not very well-developed or interesting.
Another problem with the novel is the constant point of view change. The novel is mainly seen through Lilly's eyes, but the point of view sometimes changes to other characters. It can be confusing and jarring for the reader. The novel would have been stronger if it was only Lilly's point of view.
This novel had potential and can be an enjoyable read, but suffers from some things that kept it from being a truly special and unique novel.
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