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The Lost Apothecary: A Novel

The Lost Apothecary: A Novel


The Lost Apothecary: A Novel

ratings:
4/5 (1,721 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 2, 2021
ISBN:
9781488210761
Format:
Audiobook

Description

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Hello! magazine, Oprah.com, Bustle, Popsugar, Betches, Sweet July, and GoodReads!


March 2021 Indie Next Pick and #1 LibraryReads Pick

“A bold, edgy, accomplished debut!” —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

A forgotten history. A secret network of women. A legacy of poison and revenge. Welcome to The Lost Apothecary…

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.
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 2, 2021
ISBN:
9781488210761
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

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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  • (5/5)
    Wonderfully crafted! I loved the two parallel stories and the ending was heartwarming and realistic!
  • (2/5)
    This book did not live up to all of the hype
  • (3/5)
    I finished The Lost Apothecary last night. I thought I really liked it, at first, but now I'm not so sure. After digesting what I read, I think it was easy to fall into the trap of "oh, this is really good", but it really isn't. It is super funny but only because it's like a "comedy of errors". If this is what the author intended then it was great! I'm sure that is not the case. The only character in this book who is not a totally idiot is the librarian and even she has her moments. I think the idea of the 1700s story had a lot of potential and would have been great if it was delved into a bit more and the stupidity of the characters was toned down. The present day tie-in could have been awesome as a mystery but it never really hit the mark. There are just so many holes in the research part and, well, I just can't. If you read this and loved it, great. If you haven't read it, just know, it is funny and easy to get sucked into - easy to read, but its just lacking. I'd say 3 ⭐s, maybe.
  • (4/5)
    I really liked the plot and the characters.
    The novel is so easily written and it flows in a very natural way. Being a thriller, I never got bored with the main character's frustrations in discovering the events and the reasons for her discoveries carry on a logical manner.
    It does have some cliché sentences that do not add value to the story such as: " I needed to discover what I truly wanted. … But to do that, I needed to unbury a few truths of my own". However, I can easily forgive them due to the simple genius of the book
  • (4/5)
    Interesting book. It intertwines the story of Caroline, a modern American visiting London and Nella and Eliza from 1790's London.
    Caroline finds an apothecary's vial and embarks on a journey to find out about it. Along the way you learn of Nella and her own journey to take her revenge against unfaithful men and young Eliza who is full of hope. It took me a while to get into the story, but ultimately, I enjoyed it. However, I wish Caroline had kept the vial in the end! ?
  • (4/5)
    I liked the story and overall pacing. It was fun for a quick read and I recommend it to my friends but it wasn’t my favorite book ever. I did end up buying a hardback copy for my physical library though!
  • (5/5)
    Incredible story! I highly recommend this book. Full of mystery and heartwarming moments!
  • (5/5)
    So good. Luved the magic, intrigue and story of life’s adventures and lessons.
  • (4/5)
    Very good story line. Well performed. Glad I stumbled across this. Will look for more by the author.

    I enjoy multi timeline stories. The bit of intrigue kept my attention and the pace was perfect.
  • (4/5)
    3.5 stars to sum up. I went in hard because of the premise. I wasn’t wowed like I’d have liked but kudos for a debut novel.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this story, couldn't put it down. It's a light read that takes you to a different world for a bit :)
  • (3/5)
    Not a great read..ok but so much of this book doesn’t make sense. Hard to clarify without spoilers but safe to say I was underwhelmed with this book.
  • (4/5)
    3.5 stars ***

    Loved the overall vibe of the book! Reminds me of Erin Morgenstern's The Starless Sea.
  • (5/5)
    Well told and gripping- I couldn’t put it down. I wasn’t expecting the twists and turns and the end and I thoroughly enjoyed the female centered story line
  • (4/5)
    Good light read, nice parallel stories about women's lives today and 1700s London
  • (4/5)
    Oh my god! This is book was amazing. Adored the ending. Must read for anyone looking out for good thriller/mystery.
  • (2/5)
    Great premise but didn’t meet its promise. Reminiscent of YA
  • (3/5)
    It was great, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
  • (4/5)
    Wow!! What an adventure!! Never really knew where the story was going lead!
  • (3/5)
    The story was good, but the present tense part was poorly written, somewhat boring.
  • (5/5)
    Lots of twists and turns. Great performances. Would definitely listen to again!
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic story telling, weaving in the past and the present.
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic!!
    I could not stop listening to this book! I thought it was over only to realize there were four more chapters… it was like an infomercial…. But Wait! There’s more!!!
  • (5/5)
    Brilliant! The interweaving of stories spanning centuries is masterfully done. The voices were likewise perfectly chosen and fitted each of the three main characters.
  • (4/5)
    Beautiful story but it drags on quite a bit ...
  • (5/5)
    Amazing story...loved the way it bounced between characters. Inspired to read more by Sarah Penner
  • (4/5)
    Great book with amazing narration and a story that flows together so soothingly. Keeps you interested as you create your own ideas of what’s going to happen and you watch as your guesses are either proven right or wrong.
  • (5/5)
    What a creative storyline. I loved every minute of it!
  • (5/5)
    Excellent book! Buying this one for my personal library the audio version was excellent!
  • (5/5)
    Just wow!!! I couldn’t put it down!! Master piece indeed