The Apothecary's Daughter

By Julie Klassen

Lillian Haswell, marvelous daughter of the neighborhood apothecary, yearns for extra experience and event than existence in her father's store and their small village offers. She additionally longs to understand the reality at the back of her mother's disappearance, which villagers whisper approximately yet her father refuses to debate. chance comes while a far off aunt bargains to teach her as a woman in London. uncovered to trendy society and romanceas good as clues approximately her mom Lilly is torn whilst she is summoned again to her sick father's bedside. girls are forbidden to paintings as apothecaries, with the intention to store the family members legacy, Lilly must make it appear like her father remains to be making the entire diagnoses and judgements. however the suspicious eyes of a scholarly health professional and a competing apothecary are upon her. As they vie for village prominence, 3 males additionally vie for Lilly's middle.

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I shall assist you fresh this up. brain your palms. ” Dorothea Robbins strolled prior them, a small parcel in gloved hand and an aloof smile on her lovely lips. Francis approximately tripped over them in his hurry to open the door for her. Shaking her head in disgust, Lilly carried the damaged pottery throughout the rear door into the laboratory-kitchen, the place Mrs. Fowler was once washing up the breakfast dishes. She suggestion to sprint upstairs to alter her frock and pin up her hair, yet she had slightly dumped the items and wiped her arms while she heard the store bell jingle, saying the arriving of one other shopper. “Good day, Mrs. Kilgrove,” she heard Francis name. “And welcome to Haswell’s. ” “You don't need to behave as if you personal where, younger man,” the previous matron reprimanded. Mrs. Kilgrove used to be identified for her sharp tongue, which she appeared to wield on each person keep Charlie. “Of path now not, ma’am. i'm simply thankful to be apprenticed to the sort of revered apothecary. Now, how may possibly I assist you? ” “You? I’d no longer let you know my issues for the entire prince’s ponies. Nor offer you go away to promote me a unmarried lozenge. the place is leave out Haswell? ” Lilly sighed. quite a bit for altering her frock. That afternoon, whereas Francis used the cork borer to style bottle stoppers, Lilly used to be bored certainly. She wiped clean front counter, the entire whereas having a pipe dream approximately a few gentleman traveler—wounded, ideally—falling into the store, and in love along with her. She had simply reached the half the place he begged her to run away with him whilst her fabric reached the bear-shaped pottery jar at the counter’s some distance finish. She paused, fanciful photos fading. She questioned once again why her father insisted on stocking the dead therapy. “Have we bought any endure grease in recent times? ” she idly requested. Francis paused in his paintings. “Yes, to a number of gents the day prior to this. ” “Would you are trying it, had you the necessity? ” He grimaced. “Why may I? i've got an entire head of hair. ” a piece too complete, Lilly notion, taking in his brown, wavy mop of hair. Her father got here in and stood, fingers crossed, sooner than his apprentice. “Mr. Baylor,” he demanded sternly, “did I no longer ask you to compound one other batch of Pierquin’s Diuretic? ” Lilly observed the younger guy blanch. “Right. Sorry, sir. ” “You do remember the directions I gave you simply final week? ” Lilly held her breath. “Of path I have in mind, sir. It used to be, in any case, in basic terms final week. ” He stole a look at Lilly, the plea for support obvious in his extensive eyes. Stepping clear of the counter with the cleansing textile, Lilly stated with as a lot nonchalance as she may muster, “That one is easy at the least, because it has basically 3 materials. ” “Three, right,” Francis parroted. “Very uncomplicated. ” Lilly felt her father’s gaze at the again of her head as she begun sharpening the shopwindow. “I can't undergo to compound Pierquin’s,” she persisted, retaining her eyes concentrated upon her activity. “It is”—she wiggled her hands dramatically, hoping Francis used to be gazing— “a thousand instances worse than the other. ” in the back of her, Francis stuck on. “Which after all it might be, with all these . . .

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