Book Reviews

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Have you read The Lost Apothecary? If not, add it to your tbr!

In present-day London, Caroline goes mudlarking and finds an old apothecary bottle that leads her on an exciting journey of personal and historical discovery.

At the end of the 18th century, apothecary Nella finds an unexpected friend in young Eliza.

When a poisoning goes wrong, Nella must work quickly to spare her shop from the authorities.

When Caroline looks into the history of the bottle and ties it to an abandoned shop, she unravels a story that had been lost to time.

I liked the character development, the easy switches in the setting between modern day and the past, and the story’s ability to draw me in.

Readers who are fans of detail will love the descriptions that Penner utilizes – you become engrossed in the settings and imagine yourself alongside the characters.

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner is a story that spoke to me in a deep way. In addition to the emphasis on empowerment and being true to yourself – even after years of thinking you want one thing – it’s okay to realize you want something more and to go after it.

Learn more about Sarah Penner at her website.

(Learn more about mudlarking from this NPR article).

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