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The Lost Apothecary: A Novel

The Lost Apothecary: A Novel


The Lost Apothecary: A Novel

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Mar 2, 2021
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9781488210761
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Mar 2, 2021
ISBN:
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Sarah Penner is the debut author of The Lost Apothecary, to be translated in eleven languages worldwide. She works full-time in finance and is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Women's Fiction Writers Association. She and her husband live in St. Petersburg, Florida with their miniature dachshund, Zoe. Website: SLPenner.com

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  • (4/5)
    Poison is a woman's weapon.

    It's often been said that those who use poison in murderous plots are women, and rightly so. Poison, the silent killer, is the perfect instrument for a woman seeking vengeance - it requires no strength to employ beyond the woman's will, and in the days before forensic science and modern medicine, was virtually untraceable. Yes, women often got away with murder by poison, and such is the secret enclosed in the pages of The Lost Apothecary, a debut novel and LibraryReads Favorite by author Sarah Penner. Written in a dual timeline, this novel tells the story of two women, one in the 1790s and one in present day, who become connected through a secret long thought buried and forgotten.

    Caroline Parcewell is in London on what was supposed to be her 10th anniversary trip. There's just one problem - she recently found out that her husband has cheated on her. So she ventures off to London alone to take some time to think and figure out what she wants to do with her life and marriage. Little does she know that she is about to stumble upon an apothecary bottle that sends her on a journey through London's history, researching the past and attempting to discover the deadly secrets held within this little bottle.

    Nella is a woman of secrets. She runs a covert back alley apothecary shop in 1790s London where women come to seek revenge on the men who have hurt them. To the ordinary eye, there's nothing deadly about Nella's concoctions, but one drink would prove otherwise. Nella is used to catering to women of her own age, so she is surprised when she receives a 12 year old girl named Eliza as a customer. Eliza seems innocent enough, but she will actually be Nella's undoing. A simple mistake is soon to change Nella and Eliza's lives forever, leaving behind a murder mystery that Caroline discovers over 200 years later and is determined to solve.

    There's so much to love about The Lost Apothecary. I honestly was a little wary going into this novel because I worried that it would be overwritten and wrought with detail, but thankfully Penner proved me wrong. This delightful story sticks to the plot without straying too far off the main storyline, so if you are a reader like me who isn't a fan of subplots that go nowhere, then you won't be disappointed with The Lost Apothecary.

    Furthermore, I was also a bit nervous about the dual timeline, which isn't my favorite plot device, but again, Penner delivers. What makes this novel so compelling is that there are parallels between the book's two main characters - Caroline and Nella. Both are women who have been wronged by the men in their life and are striking out on their own in hopes of following their heart and discovering their true purpose. Penner ties the two storylines together effectively, relating in alternating chapters what is happening in present day to what happened in the past. This novel did not leave me confused or with questions, which to me, is the mark of good storytelling. I hate to feel as if I missed something at the end of a book.

    I also enjoyed the uniqueness of The Lost Apothecary's plot and the vibes the book gives off. I have never read a story such as this one that deals in herbs and potions used to poison men, and appreciated the fresh perspective this reading experience gave me. Furthermore, this plot is ominous and atmospheric, enveloping me in the perils and precariousness of the story. I love an author who can effectively build mood and tone as Penner did.

    The Lost Apothecary has strong feminist vibes, but not in the tone of "in-your-face" politics. Rather it deals in the issues and choices that women have faced throughout time and are still scrabbling with today. The novel features strong women who aren't afraid to go against the status quo to be true to themselves. Furthermore, it develops the idea that we are stronger when we, as women, stand together as a united front, working towards our goals and offering a helping hand. While a book that is too feminist-driven can sometimes grate my nerves, The Lost Apothecary's subtle hints at "girl power" touched my soul and made me reflect on the female experience throughout time - on the ways it has changed, and on the ways it has remained the same.

    I received a complimentary audiobook of this novel through NetGalley and Libro.fm, and as an avid audiobook listener, I can solidly recommend this novel to fans of historical fiction. The audiobook is narrated by three different readers - one for each of the main characters - Nella, Caroline, & Eliza. Nella's narrations may take listeners a few chapters to adapt to, but once a rhythm has been established, I found the tone and timbre of the reader's voice to take me back in time to the 1790s and build in me the importance and gravity of the work being done by Nella. Caroline's narrations were what I would describe as normal, which is what I want and expect from someone with a character such as hers. Eliza's reader does an effective job of conveying the voice of an innocent young girl, learning the ways of the world around her. In all, I found this audiobook easy and enjoyable to listen to. I was able to enjoy this book both in my car and at work without becoming bored, distracted, or sleepy, which are all common problems with me when it comes to audiobooks!
  • (5/5)
    What a great story! Intrigue and adventure. Love and loss - and murder. It was an easy read (or listen). Very enjoyable.
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoy this book . A great story about finding oneself.
  • (3/5)
    Thought it was a little repetitive which was too bad. Otherwise good.
  • (5/5)
    Very good book kept me wanting to know more and more!
  • (4/5)
    Great pacing and a lovely juxtaposition between the lives of the 3 women from different time periods. I really enjoyed all of the characters and loved that it left some things a little bit open ended. Not quite a neat bow--just mostly.
  • (5/5)
    This one really pulled me in. I loved it and how the two timelines of present day and historical really played off each other.
  • (5/5)
    I really loved this one! I’m not a historical fiction person, but it has to deal with a poisonous apothecary. My favorite part of this book was the writing style. Penner used a multiple POV technique to illustrate the modern day history buff discovering the apothecary’s secrets, compared to it actually happening in February of 1791.

    The characterization and plot were both well thought out and dynamic. I felt connected to each character I met, whether they were secondary or otherwise. The plot never bored me and I was constantly staring at my book wide eyed while reading.

    If you like dark stories, you’ll probably like this one.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book! I can’t wait to read more from this author.
  • (5/5)
    I loved the three narrators, it's well written and well read. Had a lovely time reading it !
  • (5/5)
    I loved the three separate narrators it really made the story lines unique.
  • (5/5)
    Very well plotted and performed by the three readers. Enjoy

  • (5/5)

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    Great story, goes back-and-forth in time quite seamlessly. Unfortunately the narration leaves a lot to be desired. I wish authors would listen to the people that are going to narrate their books before giving an approval, this could’ve been so much better.

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  • (5/5)
    Wonderful book the kind of read that when you get to the last page it feels like you’ve lost a good friend you just want to read more!!!!
  • (2/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Promising plot, I wish the author had learned how to write. How did this book get past a decent editor. It might be a good read with the characters endless sorting out of themselves been cut.

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  • (5/5)
    I usually can't make it through an audio book, but this captures my attention and held it to the the end. I loved every second of this journey.