Book Review: The Apothecary’s Daughter

Jody’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen (ISBN#0764204807) was a surprise to me. I belong to Crossings Book Club and saw this novel in the monthly catalog. I found it available through my local library and decided to give it a look. I love to read a fictional novel as a mental rest from much of the non-fiction that I read as ‘spiritual exercise’ and as part of my job in a publishing company. However, it seems that much of the Christian fiction that is being released has an American Amish or 18th century English setting. Is that the only setting where Christians may live and practice their faith? So I chose to give this book a read with some ambivalent feelings.

I believe that the medical (apothecary) piece of this novel kept my attention as I began the story but it was the depth of the characters that kept me engaged and turning the pages. Although some of the characters are Christian they are flawed and dependent upon their faith in God to make decisions and get through difficult events.

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