The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
Even as an English major I was never one of those girls that swooned over the book version of Mr. Darcy. (Although I will confess I do have a major crush on Colin Firth.) The Regency period has never seemed all that fashionable to me with all the rules. The women always seem so constrained even if they long to break the mold, they never do. The Apothecary’s Daughter fits firmly into this period and doesn’t stray from the predictable route. Although I certainly had hopes after our heroine, Lilly, returned home after just over a year in London and took over her father’s shop.
I did enjoy listening to The Apothecary’s Daughter which I borrowed from the library. Tavia Gilbert had a soothing voice and mastered a variety of different English accents for both the male and female characters. It was mostly her narration that allowed me to get through this sugary sweet predictable romance despite some technical issues that apparently occurred when the CDs were ripped to the MP3 version available via Overdrive.
I did get frustrated with the main character. Lilly had a lot of promise as a medical professional and each time she got a chance to use her gifts, I had hopes that perhaps she would actually get the life I felt she desired and perhaps deserved. I often forget that not every historical fiction book can have characters willing to buck the social norms of the time. So in the end, I was disappointed with the path that Lilly chose, but she seemed satisfied with it.
My decision to listen to The Apothecary’s Daughter happened at the right time. Work was stressful. I needed a soothing voice and predictable storyline to get me to and from work. At a different time and if I had read my copy of the eBook vs. listening to the audiobook, I’m not so sure that Lilly’s story would have sat so well with me.
The Quick Book Review
The Apothecary's DaughterAuthor: Julie Klassen
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Published on: April 20, 2009
Length: 10 hours, 41 minutes
Genres: romance, medical, historical fiction, adult
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My Rating: four-stars