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The Apothecary's Garden

de Jeanette Lynes

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National Bestseller Canadian Indies Bestseller Indigo Top Ten Canadian Reads Indigo's Most Anticipated Books of 2022 Victorian Canada: Touring circuses, seances, and a world powered by steam engines. But in Belleville, Ontario, a twenty-eight-year old spinster, Lavender Fitch, barely scrapes by, selling flowers from her garden at the train station, her position in life greatly diminished after the death of her father, the local apothecary. Then, one day, a glamorous couple step off the train. The lady is a famed spirit medium, Allegra Trout, who has arrived for a public show of her mediumship, accompanied by her handsome but disfigured assistant, Robert. With her striking beauty and otherworldly charms, Allegra casts a spell over Belleville from the moment she arrives. Lavender is captivated by the medium as well. She's been searching for a secret cache of money and hopes Allegra might be able to contact her dead mother for clues to its hidden location. As the Trouts remain in town, preparing for their Mystical Extravaganza, Robert and Lavender grow close, much to Allegra's disapproval. Will Robert and Lavender's relationship blossom or will it be abandoned when he leaves for the next town? Will Lavender find her mother's gift or be forced from her home and beloved garden? The Apothecary's Garden is a magical story about the mysteries of life, the enchantment of flowers, and wonders of love… (més)
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The Apothecary’s Garden by Jeanette Lynes is a captivating historical fiction novel that effortlessly transports the reader to a different era and place. Lavender, the spinster protagonist, comes to life through vivid descriptions, offering a glimpse into her world selling flowers after the death of her father, the local apothecary. Lynes employs carefully chosen names for the characters, adding a layer of specificity that seamlessly aligns with their individual stories. The authenticity of the details creates an immersive experience, and the reader feels as if living with these characters in Belleville. Lynes’s poetic language breathes life into the characters, while the well-crafted plot keeps the pages turning. The romance between Lavender and Robert introduces a classic element. Robert’s own words, “Some bear their scars on the inside, some bear scars on the outside,” echo the spirit of Jane Eyre. Intertwined with the narrative are some words from Leaves of Grass by Whitman, cleverly used as motifs throughout the stories. This intertextuality adds depth and richness to the novel. The satisfying ending ties up the narrative threads neatly, leaving the reader with a sense of fulfillment. This novel is a captivating journey through time and emotion, skillfully woven by Lynes. ( )
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National Bestseller Canadian Indies Bestseller Indigo Top Ten Canadian Reads Indigo's Most Anticipated Books of 2022 Victorian Canada: Touring circuses, seances, and a world powered by steam engines. But in Belleville, Ontario, a twenty-eight-year old spinster, Lavender Fitch, barely scrapes by, selling flowers from her garden at the train station, her position in life greatly diminished after the death of her father, the local apothecary. Then, one day, a glamorous couple step off the train. The lady is a famed spirit medium, Allegra Trout, who has arrived for a public show of her mediumship, accompanied by her handsome but disfigured assistant, Robert. With her striking beauty and otherworldly charms, Allegra casts a spell over Belleville from the moment she arrives. Lavender is captivated by the medium as well. She's been searching for a secret cache of money and hopes Allegra might be able to contact her dead mother for clues to its hidden location. As the Trouts remain in town, preparing for their Mystical Extravaganza, Robert and Lavender grow close, much to Allegra's disapproval. Will Robert and Lavender's relationship blossom or will it be abandoned when he leaves for the next town? Will Lavender find her mother's gift or be forced from her home and beloved garden? The Apothecary's Garden is a magical story about the mysteries of life, the enchantment of flowers, and wonders of love

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