Monday, January 12, 2009

The Apothecary's Daughter: a review

The Apothecary's Daughter The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another incredible piece of historical fiction with strong characters from second published author Julie Klassen. Without a doubt, Klassen is on my favorite author's list. Both Lady of Milkweed Manor (her first book) and The Apothecary's Daughter were so enjoyable.

Each chapter starts with a quote of various pharmaceutical and apothecary means as well as a few others and it really sets the scene. It is something she also used in her first book, and I truly believe that it adds an incredible important element to the way her story is told. This book is divided up into sections that works quite well. It is a long book and fabulously so, I did not want it to end.

The one qualm that I did have, is that the last section is very dark to me. Everything that can go wrong is going wrong and it was a little much to experience all at once, when the rest of the book was much more light heart-ed. I feel kinda like if there was so more happiness in there with the dark toward the end that it would have worked better. Then it ends abruptly exactly as a perfect ending as it could be. My opinion would have been to draw it out with more details and more "happy" within the dark cloud, rather than having everything fixed in a last chapter and epilogue. But then we readers cannot get everything we want when fabulous authors are limited to just 400 pages or so.

Good points and bad, my overall opinion is that the story is fabulous. My favorite portion of all is where the name for the book came from. It makes me teary eyed. And you will just have to go read it to find out why.

Once again a winner from Julie in my opinion, and I desperately cannot wait for more books from her in the future!

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6 comments and creative thoughts:

kalea_kane said...

Great points! I have not read anything by Julie Klassen yet. I will certainly put her on my wish list. :)

Lindsey said...

What, what a recommendation! I immediately put it on my to-read list at the library. :-) Thanks for another great review!

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Definitely worth it! Get both books!!!

Nise' said...

Looking forward to this book!

remnant reminscences said...

I haven't read this latest release. I just ordered it from CBD and am anxiously awaiting it. I can't wait to devour it! I was blown away by Lady of the Milkweed Manor but as reviews go, everyone likes her first one better. I'm anxious to find out what my opinion will be on this.

I think you're right. Anything Julie Klassen writes will be a stroke of brillance, she's just a natural! Do you know of any other releases coming out by her?

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Nothing new quite yet. If I do hear of something, I'll definitely post about it.

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