LILLY HASWELL REMEMBERS EVERYTHING --- WHETHER SHE WANTS TO, OR NOT ...
Lilly toils in her father's apothecary shop, 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
My Review: 4/10
that this novel went on for way too long. I was surprised by the way
some of the characters' loose ends were tied up. Lilly was likeable but I
felt that she passed from man to man way too easily and without any
real feeling. Her father's disgrace was not pretty. I had hoped for the
best for her mother til the bitter end. One of the reasons that I like
reading pieces set during this time is that there is less debauchery and
less scandal. Emotions, attachments, etc weigh so much more heavily and
are so much more pure. I didn't feel that this story represented that
very well at all.