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The Apothecary's Daughter Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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A vivid tale of love in a time of fire, plague and prejudice (Katherine Webb)
Romantic, engaging and hugely satisfying. This is one of those novels that makes you feel like you've travelled back in time (Katie Fforde)
A colourful story with a richly-drawn backdrop of London in the grip of plague. A wonderful debut novel (Carole Matthews)
This is a worthy debut novel from Charlotte Betts... her reference to the plague... really takes the reader back to the 15th century (South Coast Register)
Fantastic in the way it depicts how much women's lives have changed since then and how lucky we are now. I recommend it for anyone who loves a great historical novel with love, betrayal, fear and the overcoming of great obstacles (Toowoomba Chronicle)
A feast for the senses. With the sensual language of Patrick Suskind's Perfume and the historical flavour of Philippa Gregory, this is a lush, immersive read for historical fiction fans, set during one of the most exciting eras of the city's history (Holiday Magazine)
A debut novel from an exciting new voice in historical romance set in bustling, malodorous Restoration London at the time of the plague, just before the Great Fire of 1666.See all Product description
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The book was well researched and interesting to read; the historical details were integral to the story and never felt like info dumps. The story flowed along beautifully and I was fully immersed in Susannah's life. Although I would have enjoyed more focus on apothecary, the details that were included were fascinating.
I will definitely be reading more of Charlotte Betts work and highly recommend this to fans of historical fiction. The romance element is also important, so if you like romance this could also be a story for you.
The plague is rife in London at this time and isn't choosey on which household it destroys. Hot on its heels the great fire has started in Pudding Lane and London is burning.
Read it I highly recommend.
London is gradually emptying of the more wealthy as they flee the plague. Even her close friend deserts her for the country. The only person she can rely on is Dr. Ambrose, one of the few doctors remaining in London. Ah, but that's another story.
The Apothecary's Daughter is very well researched and written and keeps you enthralled until the very end. The final chapters are a little sickly sweet, but this comes with the genre as happy endings are expected.
The atmosphere of this period in London's history is created very expertly and I felt that I understood more after reading this book.
I will not rush to read another as I like my fiction to have a sharper edge, but Charlotte Betts is a very promising writer and this is an excellent debut novel, well worth reading
Susannah is an apothecary; she is not trained to be one because she's a woman, but she has worked as her father's assistant since she was a little girl. When her father remarries, her life changes for the worse and she is soon forced to leave her father's house and start a different life on her own.
Charlotte Betts tells this story brilliantly, her characters are vividly drawn, and the plot makes it a very gripping read. You don't have to be a fan of historical fiction to enjoy this. The story takes you to a London during the time of the plague and the great fire of 1666 - and it will stay with you long after you finish reading.
I have just started reading "The Painter's Apprentice", the second novel by Charlotte Betts which is set a good 20 years after "The Apothecary's Daughter" and includes many of the characters of this novel.
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