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The Apothecary's Daughter (Romance/Mystery/Suspense)

The Apothecary's Daughter (Romance/Mystery/Suspense) [Kindle Edition]

Samantha Jillian Bayarr
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When Claire Mayfield suddenly finds herself the new heir of a property that has lain vacant for over one hundred years, she becomes leery of the rumors of the hauntings from the three young children who were said to have been murdered there. With a little encouragement from Ben, the lawyer who breaks the news of the inheritance to her, Claire agrees to explore the manor, but only on the condition that Ben accompanies her. Finding her attractive, he accepts the challenge, and the two embark on an adventure that will forever change their lives.
Despite a few distractions and bumps along the way, Claire discovers her great uncle, Dr. Blackwell's, apothecary and traveling medicine show from the late 1800's, and even stumbles upon clues that could help her solve her ancestor's one hundred-year-old murder-mystery—all with a little help from a mischievous young girl who has been dead for more than one hundred years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 950 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Livingston Hall Publishers, LLC (22 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H4XK66
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #323,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Samantha Jillian Bayarr founded Livingston Hall Publishers in 2002. Named for her great, great grandfather, Edward Livingston Hall, who owned a publishing house in the late 1800's, until his passing; Samantha resurrected this legacy as a way of honoring him for passing onto her his love for the written word.

Working in the production aspect of publishing has provided her with the expertise needed to produce develop and design books from the inside out. When it came time to publish her own work, her experience in the field lent her the ability to produce several genres, specializing in Christian Historical Romance and Amish Romance.

Her first book, Little Wild Flower, an Amish Romance, was borne from her up-close encounters with the Amish community she lived near in Indiana until 1995 when she moved to Florida.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Apothecary 27 Feb 2013
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The Apothecary was a very enjoy able read I will and have recommended it to Family and friends,wish it had a sequel to it
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, very poor execution 7 Nov 2011
By Linda D. McIntyre - Published on
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All I can say is unless you're 11 or 12 years old, you probably won't like this book. The dialogue is downright ludicrous and the "love story" totally ridiculous. The story of the ghosts haunting the mansion was the only saving grace to this book and the only reason I gave it 2 stars.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Haunted Story 26 Sep 2011
By CristiAk - Published on
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I enjoyed this book. It is a quick read and perhaps because it is a quick read some things did have a rushed feel. However that did not take away from my enjoyment. We open with Claire dealing with her mother's death. Claire meets a young man at her mother's funeral and he informs her he is a lawyer who needs to speak with her about her mother's estate. So begins Claire's mystery of who her mother was. In her search for her mother's family and the property history,Claire learns the house is haunted. Claire is determined to help the ghost left behind in the house. This is an emotional read at times. Even when I knew how things were going my heart kept screaming, "no! Let it be some other way." Some of the passages elicit tears. There is a romance that develops rapidly and is surprising. I found it to be a moving story. I think those who enjoy paranormal romances with a bit of history will enjoy this.

* No compensation was offered or received.The opinion expressed is my honest feelings regarding this book.*
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In Need of Stirring 1 Jun 2012
By Celine - Published on
I accepted this because of the blurb, and the quite professional looking cover. I was expecting a nice paranormal-historical mix with a bit of romance to bind the thing together. What I got was a mix that needed a lot more stirring.

When Claire discovers that she is the heiress of a big property, she finds out the girl from her dreams used to live here once. Is she going crazy, or is there more going on here?

I really liked Claire's voice, and her friendship with best friend Emily. The spooky-little-girl-in-your-dreams concept might not be very new any more, but I still enjoy a good ghost story. Unluckily, this story didn't get its cold-shivers moments from the ghost plot, but of the crazily irresponsible choices Claire makes.

I'm going to rant & spoil a little bit in this part. I've warned you.

How in earth can a woman marry a man that she has met two days ago? And even better, adopt a kid with him, the day after? I have asked the author about Claire's personality, and she told me she had to make her impulsive to make it believable that she would actually enter a haunted house. I agree, I think it's good the author thought of this. But oh my... this goes far beyond impulsive. This is completely insane. Who wants to commit oneself for a lifetime with a guy who might as well be a mafia-boss and a kid to complete the instant family? Really, things like this make me scared. I can imagine divorce rates are so high in the US if everyone has this mindset...

End of little rant. Completely organised thoughts coming up.

I think this book would have been a lot better if Ms Bayarr had picked up her story, thrown it in a mixer, and let it whirr for a long, long time. It has great elements, but it has such a clear structure that in the whole middle part of the book, there isn't even talk about the ghost. It goes a bit like this: introduction with the spooky ones, romance, romance, romance, put spooky ones to rest. I would have liked the romance spread out over the entire story a lot better. Now romance is the focus point of the whole middle part, taking the speed out of the ghost story. And don't get me started on the so-called "romance" again. I've been there already.

The Apothecary has everything a story needs, it has a likeable narrator (when she's not off doing something irresponsible), it has some cozy mystery. It took Claire a little while to understand what really happened at the manor, but I liked how everything was wrapped up. If you have nothing to read on a rainy day, I would certainly recommend this, just with a slight warning.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great premise, but kind of silly and unbelievable 21 Oct 2012
By lilfish33 - Published on
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I was disappointed with this book, it sounded so interesting and the characters were likable, but then the main character started doing things that I felt were so out there and unbelievable that I found I wasn't able to really enjoy the story anymore.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If I could... I would. 3 Oct 2012
By Enzo's Momma - Published on
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If I could give it half a star I would. The idea behind the novel is interesting. The way the author goes about presenting the idea is terrible.

I am not a big fan of romance novels; ALTHOUGH 2 of my favorite novels are "Pride & Prejudice" and "Emma." But I can appreciate it when told well. I really tried to finish the book but I just couldn't. It was just too nauseating. The main character is just not believable or likable. The love story part is trite. (The interaction between the main character and the love interest is juvenile at best.)

Bottom line -- you know it is horrible when you regret paying 99 cents for it.
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