1665: Susannah Leyton has grown up behind the counter of her father's apothecary shop in bustling Fleet Street. A skilled student - the resinous scents of lavender, rosemary, liquorice, and turpentine run in her blood - her father has granted her the freedom to pursue her considerable talents. But Susannah is dealt a shocking blow when her widowed father marries again, and her new stepmother seems determined to remove her from the apothecary shop for good.
A proposal of marriage from the charming Henry Savage seems to offer Susannah an escape. But as the plague sweeps through London, tragedy strikes, and dark secrets from her husband's past begin to unfold. It will take all of Susannah's courage and passion to save herself from tragedy.
©2011 Charlotte Betts (P)2012 Soundings
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Critic reviews

"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 vivid tale of love in a time of fire, plague and prejudice" (Katherine Webb, best-selling author of The Legacy)
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4 out of 5 stars
By J on 13-04-13

Great easy listen

Having listened or read quite a few Tudor novels it was good to change period of history. A great easy listen and I enjoyed the links with use of herbs for medicinal purposes.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By melanie on 06-07-12

Loved it

I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I will admit that the ending was obvious but its just a nice listen. You get lost in the story and really feel for the main character. I really enjoy Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory and this is a bit on the same lines. The author uses fictional characters within real historical events. I would recommend this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Teri on 18-06-12

An enjoyable read

Would you listen to The Apothecary's Daughter again? Why?

Yes. There was a lot of historical information about the plague and the fires in London. Also, what spices, etc, they used to cure illness.

What other book might you compare The Apothecary's Daughter to and why?

The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Although the Apothecary's Daugher was easier and quicker to get thru.

Which character – as performed by Anne Dover – was your favorite?

Well of course, Suzanne was my favorite character. What that poor girl put up with but never lost her courage and drive.

Who was the most memorable character of The Apothecary's Daughter and why?

Suzanne again. She faced many trying issues but always saw them thru. Courage could be her middle name.

Any additional comments?

Don't miss this book. I thought it was one of the best I have listened to in years. And trust me, I do over 50 books a year.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on 04-06-15

Keeping my attention

While this book is keeping my attention, and I realize that in this period of time, animals were not treated well- The authors repeated gratuitous description of cruelty to animals ruins this book for me. These descriptions add nothing to the story which would( in my opinion) be much better off without them!

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15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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