I had the flu the last weekend in February, so I had time to read a novel that had been on my “to read” shelf for quite some time (along with 100 plus books, I’m afraid).

I received a critique of my novel EVE’S APPLE last May from the editor of The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen.

As I read the novel, I couldn’t help but think, there’s no way this publisher would ever publish me. Julie’s writing is so far superior to mine.

Here is the back cover blurb:

As Lilly toils in her father’s apothecary, preparing herbs and remedies by rote, she is haunted by memories of her mother’s disappearance. Villagers whisper the tale, but her father refuses to discuss it. All the while, she dreams of the world beyond—of travel and adventure and romance.

When a relative offers to host her in London, Lilly discovers the pleasures and pitfalls of fashionable society and suitors, as well as clues about her mother. But will Lilly find what she is searching for—the truth of the past and a love for the future?

Enjoyable read by a Christy Award winning author.