Victorian Canada: Touring circuses, seances, and a world powered by steam engines. But in Belleville, Ontario, a twenty-eight-year old spinster, Lavender Fitch, barely scrapes by, selling flowers from her garden at the train station, her position in life greatly diminished after the death of her father, the local apothecary.
Then, one day, a glamorous couple step off the train. The lady is a famed spirit medium, Allegra Trout, who has arrived for a public show of her mediumship, accompanied by her handsome but disfigured assistant, Robert. With her striking beauty and otherworldly charms, Allegra casts a spell over Belleville from the moment she arrives.
Lavender is captivated by the medium as well. She’s been searching for a secret cache of money and hopes Allegra might be able to contact her dead mother for clues to its hidden location.
As the Trouts remain in town, preparing for their Mystical Extravaganza, Robert and Lavender grow close, much to Allegra’s disapproval. Will Robert and Lavender's relationship blossom or will it be abandoned when he leaves for the next town? Will Lavender find her mother's gift or be forced from her home and beloved garden?
The Apothecary’s Garden is a magical story about the mysteries of life, the enchantment of flowers, and wonders of love
About the author
It's Hard Being Queen: The Dusty Springfield Poems is Jeanette Lynes` fourth collection of poetry. Her previous collections are Left Fields (Wolsak and Wynn, 2003, shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award), The Aging Cheerleader’s Alphabet (Mansfield Press, 2003), and A Woman Alone on the Atikokan Highway (Wolsak and Wynn, 1999). Her awards include the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, the Bliss Carman Award, and first prize in the Grain Postcard Story Competition. She has been a visiting artist / writer-in-residence at Queen’s University, Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek, and the Saskatoon Public Library, as well as a faculty member of Francis Xavier University and the Sage Hill Writing Experience. She is currently co-editor of The Antigonish Review.Jeanette Lynes grew up on a farm in Alice Munro country while "Son of a Preacher Man" played on transistor radios everywhere.
“Masterful. . . . Gorgeous.” — Sharon Butala, author of This Strange Visible Air
“An open-hearted story, full of light, flowers, and love, The Apothecary’s Garden is vintage sweetness.” — Jacqueline Baker, author of The Broken Hours
“From the first magical page, the reader is swept into the romance of another era. This is a classic and charming tale of a poverty-stricken maiden, a ghost and a medium, of family secrets and hidden treasure, and how true love perseveres.” — Gail Anderson-Dargatz, author of The Almost Wife
Other titles by Jeanette Lynes
The John Clare Poems
Where the Nights Are Twice as Long
Love Letters of Canadian Poets
Archive of the Undressed
New Blue Distance, The
It's Hard Being Queen
The Dusty Springfield Poems
The Crisp Day Closing on My Hand
The Poetry of M. Travis Lane
Aging Cheerleader's Alphabet, The
A Woman Alone on the Atikokan Highway
Words out There
Women Poets in Atlantic Canada