Book Review

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Wow! 5 Stars! After I won an ARC on Instagram, I couldn’t wait to start this amazing book that published on March 3rd, 2021. The Lost Apothecary had me from the first chapter. As we follow Nella in the 1700’s and Caroline in present day, both ladies are struggling. Caroline finds a small blue vial on her first day in London on a “mud larking” outing. She’s alone on the trip after she found out her husband cheated on her. We follow along as her love of history pushes her to search for the bottle’s origin. All while she sorts out what she want her future to look like.

Meanwhile, in the late 1700’s at the shop of the apothecary, Nella, we meet her young customer, Eliza. After working together to solve a problem for her mistress, they have to fight to stem the growing tide of discovery. This leads us down back alleys and through broken hearts to the moment the mystery of The Apothecary Killer is revealed. Sarah Penner says it best through her own words in the last chapter, “History doesn’t record the intricacies of women’s relationships with one another; they’re not to be uncovered.” Don’t miss this story of strong women finding their way in the their own worlds. A must read!

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