I love when people recommend books to me. Sometimes I like them and sometimes I don’t. Several people told me that I needed to read the book, The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. I read the synopsis and put the book on hold in the Libby app. It is classified under magical realism and historical mystery. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but since so many people said I should read it, I decided to give it a try. My elementary school librarian used to tell us not to judge a book by it’s cover. In this case, I was not about to judge a book by how it was classified. Like in elementary school, there was a good chance a book could surprise me!
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About The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
From Amazon –
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.
My Thoughts on Sarah Penner’s Book
I really enjoyed this book! It was written in one of my favorite styles where it alternates points of view of the characters. Some chapters also go back in time. That may seem confusing, but it really isn’t. I felt like I got more information and insight into the characters and the actual plot. My hope is that Sarah Penner will write a sequel to The Lost Apothecary. When I was looking this book, I found an article that this will be made into a series! How exciting is that?! It also stated that the author will be a consultant to the series. So I hope that means it will stay very close to the original story.
Other Books You Should Read
I have read a lot of books lately. Below are my favorites that you should give a chance!
- It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
- Verity, Psychological Thriller by Colleen Hoover
- The Best of Friends by Lucinda Berry
- Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent
If you’ve read any of those, let me know what you thought! Also, if you have any suggestions for me, leave them in a comment!