Cozy and Predictable. Not the Worst Thing I’ve Read.

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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.


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Cozy and Predictable. Not the Worst Thing I’ve Read.

The Apothecary's Daughter

Author: Julie Klassen
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Published on: April 20, 2009
Pages: 392
Length: 10 hours, 41 minutes
Genres: romance, medical, historical fiction, adult
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My Rating: four-stars

About Julie Klassen

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award, and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award, and been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards and ACFW’s Carol Awards. She blogs at

Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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5 responses to “Cozy and Predictable. Not the Worst Thing I’ve Read.

  1. I love reading Regency period historical novels. They’re interesting to me. Though I do like the character challenging the social norm so I think I’ll probably get frustrated with the main character too :/

  2. What? You didn’t swoon for Mr. Darcy?!? *gasps* I’m totally there with you in crushing on Colin Firth, Terri. But I’m a hardcore P&P fan as well. (and an Eng major) I have this one on my nook and it’s been there for awhile. Your review has me thinking I might need to dig it out from under all the other books on top of it. I love the Regency era and heroines who long to buck the system of a rigid society. And even though Lilly can’t step outside the box society her society has put her in, I think I’ll enjoy reading about her. I’m glad you enjoyed this listen as just the right time. Nice review! 😀

    • I loved Lilly’s passion. Her dedication to medicine and the care for her patients was inspiring.

      I find most traditional Classic novels a bore. Strange coming from an English major, right? Not sure how I made it through college. I did thrive