The Lost Apothecary

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Affirm Press, Mar 29, 2022 - Adultery - 352 pages
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Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary's fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.Meanwhile in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary's in a stunning twist of fate-and not everyone will survive.With crackling suspense, unforgettable characters and searing insight, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating debut novel of secrets, vengeance and the remarkable ways women can save each other despite the barrier of time.

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User Review  - sbenne3 - LibraryThing

Very quick and easy read (took this one on a vacation!). I thought the story was interesting, but there wasn't a ton of character development and it seemed a bit too neatly tied up for so many things to be revealed within roughly a weeks' time. Read full review

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User Review  - Inishowen_Cailin - LibraryThing

I found this to be a very engaging historical novel. Dark themes are explored quite gently but without leaving any doubt as to what has or what will happen. I liked the dual timeline but I found ... Read full review

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Sarah Penner is the debut author of The Lost Apothecary, which has been sold into eleven territories worldwide. Sarah works full-time in finance. She and her husband live in St. Petersburg, Florida with their miniature dachshund, Zoe. Follow Sarah @SL_Penner Or visit

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