Christmas Day 1665 – read on for a festive extract of THE APOTHECARY'S DAUGHTER by Charlotte Betts

Christmas Day 1665 – read on for a festive extract of THE APOTHECARY'S DAUGHTER by Charlotte Betts

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Getting in the mood for Christmas? We certainly are! But before we all leave the office to enjoy a week of feasting on turkey, mince pies, mulled wine (and maybe the odd brussel sprout) here's something to get you in the mood.It's Christmas Day 1665, in a smart London townhouse, during the height of the plague, recently married Susannah is preparing to host a Christmas party for her family with her husband, Henry Savage.

Click here to read an extract from The Apothecary's Daughter by Charlotte Betts.

If this extact has whet your appetite, look out for The Apothecary's Daughter, out in paperback in February 2012 and you're in for a real treat! It's Charlotte's debut novel and won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year 2010 and the RNA Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers 2011.

1665. Susannah Leyton has grown up behind the counter of her father’s apothecary shop in bustling Fleet Street. A skilled student – the resinous scents of lavender, rosemary, liquorice and turpentine run in her blood – her father has granted her the freedom to pursue her considerable talents. But Susannah is dealt a shocking blow when her widowed father marries again, and her new step-mother seems determined to remove her from the apothecary shop for good.

A proposal of marriage from the charming Henry Savage seems to offer Susannah an escape. But as the plague sweeps through London, tragedy strikes, and dark secrets in her husband’s past begin to unfold. It will take all of Susannah’s courage and passion to save herself from tragedy . . .

 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, from everyone at Piatkus!

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