Last month I asked my friends on Twitter for book recommendations based on books that I have read in the past and one of the books recommended to me was The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen. Although it was outside of my regular reading genre, I decided to give it a chance. I ended up really liking it and actually just sent my copy home with my mother-in-law! Although the book is set in a different age, the language is actually very modern. In that way, the book allows you to feel comfortable in the era without having to struggle through heavy reading. The book has 4.5 stars on Amazon, so that should tell you something.
I’ll give you the plotline from Publishers Weekly at the bottom of the post but what is even more important right now is that it is one of the free Kindle books on Amazon today! Remember that even if you do not have a Kindle, you can still get Kindle reading apps for a lot of other devices (I have mine on my phone). Amazon rotates out which Kindle books are free pretty regularly so if you have any interest in the book whatsoever, you should jump on it immediately. The easiest way that I have found is to go into the Amazon website and add the free book to my account. Then I open up my account on my device and download it there. For some reason, it just seems easier to find the free books from the web interface than the device.
From Publishers Weekly:
“Klassen’s debut novel, Lady of Milkweed Manor, was a Christy Award finalist, and her new Regency promises the same thanks to fine storytelling and knowledge of the apothecary’s art. Lillian Haswell yearns to leave her father’s apothecary shop in their small town and happily accepts an invitation to live in London. She leaves behind a handicapped brother, friends, her lonely father and memories of her lost mother, but finds that London holds its own troubles. Will Roger Bromley propose? What about the timid physician Adam Graves? And the dastardly Roderick Marlow? Will her humble origins ruin her chances of a good match? Complications ensue as Lillian is called home when word comes of her father’s ill health. She takes over the apothecary shop—illegal, because a woman could not dispense medicine—and begins again thanks to her father’s former assistant Francis Baylor. Klassen blends her tale well; each ingredient—romance, friendship, healing arts, mystery—is measured to produce a lively, lengthy tale that will satisfy Regency aficionados and general readers, too.”