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“The Lost Apothecary” by: Sarah Penner

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My absolute lack of respect for this day today was appalling. I started reading this one last night before bed and was like “I will read one chapter”.

I didn’t go to bed until after 6am.

Clearly no respect for today at ALL.

This story hooked me right from the beginning and did not let go.

I actually really enjoyed a historical fiction novel! Who would have thought?

Then again, what was not to love? Not only is the cover absolutely stunning, but the story is stunning as well! We had women uplifting and supporting other women, a character in the present day timeline piecing things together as she was also really finding her sense of self after only being a wife for most of her adult life (at the detriment of her own dreams and passions), and a hidden shop in the past that sold both health tonics/tinctures for women and poison for women to use against men.

A highly satisfying read, if not the best idea for a read before bed if you actually want to get any sleep!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman.

Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecary’s register.

One cold February evening in 1791, at the back of a dark London alley in a hidden apothecary shop, Nella awaits her newest customer. Once a respected healer, Nella now uses her knowledge for a darker purpose—selling well-disguised poisons to desperate women who would kill to be free of the men in their lives. But when her new patron turns out to be a precocious twelve-year-old named Eliza Fanning, an unexpected friendship sets in motion a string of events that jeopardizes Nella’s world and threatens to expose the many women whose names are written in her register.

In present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, reeling from the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. When she finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames, she can’t resist investigating, only to realize she’s found a link to the unsolved “apothecary murders” that haunted London over two centuries ago. As she deepens her search, Caroline’s life collides with Nella’s and Eliza’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.

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