Historical Fiction: The Alchemist’s Daughter, by Katherine McMahon

3.0 out of 5 stars Butterfly

More a coming of age story than a bodice ripper or genre romance, The Alchemist’s Daughter tells of the early experiences of a sheltered young woman with a remarkable education. Emily is an expert in the science of alchemy, the study of the forces of nature, but knows next to nothing about living her life or human nature. This novel follows her as she leaves her father’s home for the first time as the starry eyed wife of an unscrupulous fortune hunter, about to learn the hard way about love, morality, and trust. Author McMahon plays out Emily’s story against a vivid background of London society and backwater village. By the end of the novel, Emily’s metamorphosis is underway. Could a sequel be in the offing?

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4 thoughts on “Historical Fiction: The Alchemist’s Daughter, by Katherine McMahon

  1. This sounds like such a great book. I love historical romantic fiction. I just ran across another great book called Bedlam South by David R. Donaldson and Mark Grisham. It is set around the civil war and has a cool surprise ending.

  2. Linda in Maine says:

    This sounds wonderful, Linda, your review is very enticing. Sounds as if Emily had some tough lessons to learn.

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