Monday, 6 February 2012

Review of The Apothecary's Daughter by Charlotte Betts

The Apothecary’s Daughter is a stunning first novel from debut author Charlotte Betts.

I was drawn to this book whilst attending the Festival of Romance last autumn. The beautiful cover and fascinating description sold the book to me instantly and I was not at all disappointed.

Susannah is shocked when her widowed father decides to re-marry and her life is thus changed forever. She loves working in the Apothecary, but the ensuing chaos that comes with her father’s marriage and subsequent step-children means that Susannah accepts a proposal of marriage from the young Henry Savage, who has recently arrived from the Barbados.

However, all is not as it seems and London becomes a deadly place to keep secrets. The plague and great fire sweep through the city and leave few un-touched by tragedy.

I felt really attached to Susannah’s character and couldn’t believe all of things that happened in her life. What really made this book special for me was the beautiful language and description used throughout.

Betts’ writing is so evocative and she really makes 17th century London come to life. This is such a brilliant novel and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

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  1. Looks like a really good book. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This one looks brilliant (and what a title!)