Monday, March 17, 2014
Title: The Alchemist's Daughter
By: Katharine McMahon
In this novel set in 18th century England, Emilie Selden, the protagonist and narrator, is the daughter of a student of Sir Isaac Newton. Her father has decided to raise her in his own image, as he has no other children. He is descended from a long line of seekers, alchemists and philosophers. He sets out to train Emilie as the perfect alchemist, but things don't go entirely according to plan. The book is beautifully written, with great characters, wonderful attention to detail, fascinating science history; and, of course, some romance. The plotting was a bit melodramatic; I actually couldn't put it down. Truly a fun read.
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