This is a lovely piece of historical fiction that will take you back to a time and place you can only imagine. Lillian Haswell has been working in her father’s apothecary shop and helping to raise her mentally challenged brother since her mother abandoned her family three years ago. She has a knack for medicine and a wonderful memory. Her friendship with Mary and her comfort in the ease of her daily work keep her torn between life in the apothecary shop and fulfilling her dreams to travel the world and find her missing mother.
Longing to explore a life outside of small town Bedsley Priors, Lilly accepts an invitation to live with her aunt and uncle in London. There she is exposed to fashion and wealth while her aunt and uncle do everything in their power to ensure she has a chance to be wooed by high-society suitors.
After her father becomes ill, Lillian is forced to choose between London and Bedsley Priors. Choosing to return home, she finds that her father’s apprentice has left, the shop is in disarray, her brother is no longer living at home, and her father is bedridden. She tries to use her knowledge and expertise to nurse her father back to health while maintaining the façade that he is still making the decisions, as is required by apothecary law.
This story will take you on a journey of love and loss that includes several suitors, great friendships, strong family ties and a search for a missing mother, until it finally culminates in a way you might not expect. Does Lillian return to London? Find a husband? Cure her father? What better way to find out than to read the story yourself and be taken back to the Regency Era with a beautiful European backdrop.
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