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Alchemist's Daughter: A Novel



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Author
McMahon, Katharine
Descriptors
Affairs
Alchemy
Clergy Life
Coming-of-Age
Death and Dying
Family Relationships
Fathers and Daughters
Historical Fiction
Illegitimacy
Loyalty
Marital Conflict
Marriage
Science
Secrets
Social Classes
Location/Setting:
England
Time Period:
18th Century
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Summary
Nineteen-year-old Emilie Selden has lived in almost complete isolation with only her scientist father and two married servants in their country manor in 1720s England. Her father has taught Emilie all the scientific principles that he knows in this Age of Reason. He hopes that she will one day be a great scientist. When a young and wealthy merchant visits her father to ask for his help, Emilie falls in love with him. Robert Aislabie, realizing her innocence and wealth, seduces her and quickly arranges for their marriage in London where he lives. Emilie's father bitterly turns her out, and she starts her new life in London only to find her husband and even her beloved father are not what they seemed.
Critique
There are many layers to this complex and dark story of a young woman who finds her own strength amid heartbreak and deception. Considerable suspense and mystery are woven into the plot as secrets are revealed that build to the shocking conclusion. Highly recommend.
ISBN
0307238512
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# of Pages
352
Published
2006
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Reviewer's Initials: RW


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