The Apothecary's Daughter

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Little, Brown Book Group, Aug 4, 2011 - Fiction - 400 pages
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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 step-mother 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 in her husband's past begin to unfold. It will take all of Susannah's courage and passion to save herself from tragedy . . .

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User Review  - tina1969 - LibraryThing

1665, Suzannah Leyton lives and works with her father in his apothercary shop. Her farther announces that he is to remarry a lady who already has children. It's clear that Suzannah and her new ... Read full review

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This is a wonderful debut novel, set in London in 1665 in the midst of the bubonic plague. Not a scenario I expected to enjoy, but the writing is excellent, with just enough detail to paint a vivid ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management and lettings.

Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children had grown up. The Apothecary's Daughter is her debut novel and won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year in 2010, the Romantic Novelists' Association Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers in 2011 and the RoNA's Historical Category award for 2013. The sequel, The Painter's Apprentice was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the Festival of Romance's Best Historical Read Award in 2012. The Spice Merchant's Wife was published in 2013 and won the Festival of Romance's Best Historical Read Award in 2013.

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