The Lost Apothecary

                            Book Review: The Lost Apothecary

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I went into this library to pick up Daring Greatly by Brene Brown for monthly book club with Morgan of Is Was Will BE.

Saw this book “The Lost Apothecary” on a shelf at the checkout counter. The word apothecary caught my eye.

The Lost Apothecary is a novel by by Sarah Penner. Published in 2021, it is a contemporary novel  from both the historical and mystery fiction genres.

I read this book in a 24 hour period. It involves the dark alleyways of late eighteenth-century London.Each chapter is a story of 3 different women in two time periods in London.A historical fiction novel about a femaleapothecary who sells poisons to women who want to escape their abusive men. This book is filled with mystery, murder, suspense, guilt, discovery, and historical adventure.

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“The Lost Apothecary” conjures a tale of mystery, magic, and hidden secrets tucked away in the shadows of history.

In this narrative, the apothecary is not just a place of healing, but a repository of ancient knowledge and arcane wisdom. Tucked away in a forgotten corner of a bustling city, it serves as a sanctuary for those seeking remedies for ailments both physical and spiritual.

But the apothecary holds more than just jars of herbs and tinctures; it harbors secrets that have been lost to time. Hidden within its walls are clues to a forgotten past, whispers of a bygone era when potions and elixirs held sway over the hearts and minds of men.

The story unfolds as a journey of discovery, with protagonists delving into the mysteries of the apothecary and uncovering its secrets one by one. Along the way, they encounter a cast of characters – herbalists, alchemists, and seekers of truth – each with their own motives and desires.

As the plot thickens, the protagonists find themselves drawn deeper into the web of intrigue surrounding the apothecary. They must navigate treacherous waters, evading danger at every turn as they seek to unlock the truth hidden within its walls.

But the apothecary is more than just a setting; it is a character in its own right, imbued with a sense of mystique and wonder. Its shelves are lined with jars of strange and exotic ingredients, its corridors shrouded in darkness and mystery.

In the end, “The Lost Apothecary” is a story of redemption and revelation, of uncovering the truth that lies buried beneath layers of deception and deceit. It is a reminder that sometimes, the greatest mysteries are found not in the pages of history books, but in the forgotten corners of our own hearts.


It was a great book to disappear into during my ‘me’ time with a book.  The book at times will have you on the edge of your seat in suspense. I recommend it!

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