The Apothecary's Garden - Julie Bozza A couple of things about this book interested me straight away: the garden (since I like gardens and plants), the academic thing (since I'm just finishing a thesis myself) and the medieval-historical aspect (since that's partly my field also). The brutal age-difference was not something I felt all that keen on reading about, but I thought I should give it a try. Unfortunately, I'm very underwhelmed. The book started out nicely, but in the end, it all got somewhat repetitive. Some things bugged me in particular:

*The absurd degree of politeness.
*The incessant tea-drinking (how big is a "pot" really?).
*A male character named Hilary.
*The story with Thaddeus and Tom's reaction to it. Lame.

I was waiting for some big drama. It never came.