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The Apothecary's Daughter

The Apothecary's Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Charlotte Betts
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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A vivid tale of love in a time of fire, plague and prejudice (Katherine Webb, bestselling author of THE LEGACY)

Romantic, engaging and hugely satisfying. This is one of those novels that makes you feel like you've travelled back in time (Katie Fforde)

Book Description

A debut novel from an exciting new voice in historical romance set in bustling, malodorous London at the time of the plague, just before the Great Fire of 1666.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0749954493
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00550NYIA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management and lettings.

Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children had grown up. The Apothecary's Daughter is her debut novel and won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year in 2010, the Romantic Novelists' Association Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers in 2011 and the RoNA's Historical Category award for 2013. The sequel, The Painter's Apprentice was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the Festival of Romance's Best Historical Read Award in 2012. The Spice Merchant's Wife was published in 2013 and won the Festival of Romance's Best Historical Read Award in 2013.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plagued with passion 8 April 2012
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Oh lovely - what a satisfying read throughout!

I have spent the last few days living alongside Susannah the apothecary's daughter in plague ridden, pestilent, malodorous 15th century London. despite the foul backdrop I had a wonderful time there.

This is above all a romance but the authors canny research and ability to convey perfectly what it would feel like to witness unspeakable events unfolding, lift it from the mundane to the delightful. As well as the unfolding romance we are introduced to plague and pestilence, the development of medicine, slavery, the fire of London and the inequality of women all very well written and researched and conveyed in a way which isn't "preachy or teachy"

Susannah has had a good upbringing and is happy and settled helping her father run his apothecary shop despite the tragic loss of her mother in recent childbirth which she was witness to. But her life is turned upside down when her father announces his plans to remarry and Susannahs comfortable position is usurped by the calculating new wife. Dogged by misfortune we see Susannah struggle to regain a place in society while all around her London falls to rack and ruin taken over by plague whilst her own life mirrors this collapse and things go from bad to worse for the unfortunate Susannah.

The story is written cleanly and simply, with little of the unneccessary flowery language which often makes restoration period novels lengthy and hard to read, yet the dialogue and narrative flow beautifully and the descriptions are vivid and believable.

Many of the scenes conveyed are truly horrific, the transporting of bodies to the plague pits to name just one yet above the darkness is a story which is a delight to read and a book I wholeheartedly recommend if you like atmospheric historical romances.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully evocative... 23 Mar 2012
By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Set against the back drop of Restoration England , this book brings to life the sights and smells of a teeming city. It describes beautifully the way of life in London in 1665, when the plague was rife and red crosses appeared on doorways with alarming regularity. The descriptions are so evocative you can almost hear the dead carts rumbling through the cobbled streets, and watch with horror as bodies are tumbled into lime filled pits.
Susannah Leyton is the apothecary's daughter who has helped to run her father's apothecary shop since she was a young girl. When her place in her father's affection is taken by a new and avaricious step mother, Susannah must learn to make her own way. A disastrous marriage follows which engulfs Susannah in a whole new range of problems but brings to life a cast of unforgettable characters.
I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but this one is glorious - you really feel like you have your nose pressed to the window, and are peering at the array of lotions and potions on offer inside. This rich tapestry is so wonderfully evocative of plague ridden London, you feel as if you walk the same streets and smell the same malodorous smells. I stayed up long and late to finish as I simply couldn't put it down.

I look forward to reading more historical novels from this talented story teller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting social history novel 12 Aug 2013
By lin58
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I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to anybody that likes novels with social history. Kept me reading and interested all the way through.Even included the great fire of London with descriptions of conditions during that time that made me hold my breath with anticipation of what was going to happen next
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good on everyday detail of the period 13 May 2013
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Very good on background description of the period and of everyday life. I felt it lacked emotional depth and the romance between the two main characters was predictable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction. 30 Nov 2013
By Monique
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Historically accurate, this book was full of passion, emotions and feelings that could only be born from one who lived during the great plague, during the great Fire of London, and more. And yet the author could not have done so. What an amazing author!. A fantastic book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Novel 5 Sep 2013
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Set in the time of the Great Plague of 1665, a nicely composed story telling us about the uses of herbs in medicine, with a human story to pad it out. I was just waiting for the Great Fire - hindsight is everything! -and it happened with great descriptive writing.
An author to follow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 27 Aug 2013
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I loved everything about this book! The story is set during the plague, the characters were very interesting and the story had me hooked! In currently reading her next novel- The Painter's Apprentice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Apothecary's Daughter 26 Aug 2013
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Easy read ideal for holiday book, able to put down and pick up again without losing the plot. Has a nice ending
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice holiday read
Published 11 days ago by Natasha
4.0 out of 5 stars buy it
Really enjoyed reading this. It kept me gripped from the very beginning. Not what you expect when you start reading
Published 1 month ago by s f nixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of historical fiction will enjoy!
I really enjoyed the historical aspect of this book - loved all the detail about the plague and medicines at the time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Macey89
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
After the death of her mother, Susannah lives with her father in their house in Fleet Street. With the apothecary shop they are busy and they love spending the evenings in front of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Skatersally
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
It had a good storyline and drew you into the story and made you feel like you were living at that time and being one of the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. C. D. Rasey
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable book
My first Charlotte Betts book and I really enjoyed it and was disappointed when it finished. I enjoyed it so much I immediately sent for The Spice Merchants wife.
Published 3 months ago by Judith Bryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Fashioned Romance
It is an historical novel with some gory sections. It did not grip me but it was okay to read.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Angela D E Steed
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Found this and thought it would be worth a shot as have previously read some of Charlotte Betts's other work. Really enjoyed it and got totally immersed in the period details. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Forgotten Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars captivated from the start
As a modern day apothecary born in the east end of London, this book was meant for me. It combined good principle with history and a pride and prejudice style love story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MRS PENNY THURSFIELD
4.0 out of 5 stars Turbulant love story
This book follows Susannah who lives with her father in 17th century London. Following the death of her mother, her father marries Arabella, a manipulative, spoilt mother of three... Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Book Hound
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