Monday, November 24, 2014

"The Apothecary's Daughter" by Julie Klassen

About this book:

  Lilly Haswell Remembers Everything --- Whether She Wants To, Or Not ...
  As Lilly toils in her father's apothecary shop, 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?

Series: As of now, no.

Spiritual Content- Prayers; Church going; A couple talks about God & praying; Lilly grows in her Faith by the end of the book.
             *Note: five “h*llish”s.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘idiot’, a ‘stupid’ and four ‘dash it’s; Curses are said but not written; Mentions of drinking; Leeches (Ewww! Borderline semi-detailed to detailed) and Bleeding a person (barely-above-not-detailed).

Sexual Content- Three semi-detailed kisses; A urge to kiss someone; Noticing eyes & lips; Suitors & that drama; Dancing (the feelings, semi-detailed); It’s mentioned the Lilly’s mother left them for a man; a jerk tries to kiss Lilly (but nothing happens); Christina wears a dress revealing cleavage (she’s trying a new scheme to get her beau to propose); a mention that a married man has a string of mistresses; a baby was born out of wedlock; Love, wanting to fall in love, and the emotions.

-Lillian Grace “Lilly” Haswell
               P.O.V. of Lilly, Francis (starting at chapter 23 & on) and Dr. Graves (starting at chapter 31 & on).
                            Set in 1810-1815 (Prologue set in 1810, then Chapter one starts at 1813.)
                                                        411 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens- 
(and a half)
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
Was this a bad book? No, but it did have parts I didn’t like. With a few I did like sprinkled in. I cringed at the idea on putting leeches on someone—I’m so glad we don’t do that anymore! Some things I didn’t like (besides the Negative & Sexual content) was the drawn out choosing of a husband…it took about half the book!  

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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