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?