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The Lost Apothecary
The Lost Apothecary: A Novel | Sarah Penner
In this addictive and spectacularly imagined debut, a female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged themsetting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman. Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecarys register. One cold February evening in 1791, at the back of a dark London alley in a hidden apothecary shop, Nella awaits her newest customer. Once a respected healer, Nella now uses her knowledge for a darker purposeselling well-disguised poisons to desperate women who would kill to be free of the men in their lives. But when her new patron turns out to be a precocious twelve-year-old named Eliza Fanning, an unexpected friendship sets in motion a string of events that jeopardizes Nellas world and threatens to expose the many women whose names are written in her register. In present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, reeling from the discovery of her husbands infidelity. When she finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames, she cant resist investigating, only to realize shes found a link to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London over two centuries ago. As she deepens her search, Carolines life collides with Nellas and Elizas in a stunning twist of fateand not everyone will survive. With crackling suspense, unforgettable characters and searing insight, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating exploration of women rebelling against a mans world, the destructive force of revenge and the remarkable ways that women can save each other despite the barrier of time.
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Bibliophile004
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This books followed the lives of 3 remarkable women- taking place in the 1700s and modern day. Highly recommend.

Note: don‘t listed to the audio book on audible. The reader does different voices and it‘s super distracting 🙄

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thelastmabelcorn
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Mehso-so

I was honestly really disappointed by this. I just felt like the characters were very undeveloped; I felt no connection to them. The concept was really cool though.

Mrs_B Welcome to Litsy!!! 1w
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Samary
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At least she makes a decent page holder 😄

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thelastmabelcorn
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#weekendreads

1.) Tagged
2.) Out of Love by Hazel Hayes
3.) Rivals (American Royals #3) by Katherine McGee

The American Royals series is so fun and I wasn‘t sure there was going to be a third one. I usually stick to standalones, but this series is one I will keep coming back to. 😝😝

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TheSpineView
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#BeginsWith @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs
#Lost

I just read this book in December, so not surprising it is the first book that came to mind. One of my favorites from last month.

Eggs I liked this one too!! 3w
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AngeG
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Absolutely loved this book

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Cathy_J
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This was exactly what I was wanting in a holiday read 😊 Caroline is visiting London when she discovers a distinctive vial near the river Thames. She tries to set aside her own problems for a while to solve the mystery of the lost apothecary. A little suspension of disbelief may be required but I really enjoyed this and the cover is gorgeous 💜 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cathy_J Thanks again @Flingogal 📚🧑‍🎄😊💕 3w
Kempii I really enjoyed this book, too! 3w
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Ericalambbrown
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Thank you, thank you @kspenmoll !! I am so excited to get this book, and signed book plate in it as well! And loved the UConn chocolate - that‘s fantastic!

Happy Jólabókaflóð!

Crazeedi Great book! 4w
Crazeedi And Merry Christmas!💚🎄❤ 4w
Ericalambbrown @Crazeedi Merry Christmas to you as well! 🎄🎄🎄 4w
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Shamzi
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2021 Done, onto the next one!!!

jon_dottingly Good job! 😃 4w
Shamzi @jon_dottingly thank you!!! 4w
bnp Congratulations! 3w
Shamzi @bnp thank you!!! 3w
WJCintron 🎉 🎉 🎉CONGRATS!!! ⭐ 3w
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JacqMac
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Witches? Chemists? Serial killers? Two hundred years ago, Nella sells potions only to women who want to rid themselves of oppressive men. There is also a lovely, adventurous 12 year old and a present day historian of sorts. Their fates all become intertwined. This has the all the great dark and magical things. I loved it.

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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/zLOsuz9hvnE

Enjoy!

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MelissaSue81
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Saw rave reviews for this but every time I read the description I went “meh” and put it down. Finally got on the list for it after it won the #goodreads award. I LOVED this. The historical story was completely immersive. Loved Nella and Eliza and couldn‘t wait to hear what happened next. The present day story, seemed a bit unnecessary to the story, but I liked Caroline too and loved the use libraries and librarians in her research! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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TheSpineView
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This story was a nice break from all the Christmas books I have been reading. The story was compelling and the characters were well done. I like it when the author makes sure the characters fit with the plot. It was paced nicely also. 4⭐
#WinterGames2021 @StayCurious #TeamGameSleighers
#WinterCosy @PuddleJumper #LittenListen @aperfectmjk #WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire #AVeryMerryReadathon @TheSpineView #Adventathon @ozma.of.oz

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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Ummmm — I think this is a hit or miss book. I am not sure I would read this again, I am not even sure I would recommend. The story idea is amazing. I am not a fan of the book. If this is on your TBR - give it a shot, it might be better read for you 2.5/5 for the historical aspects. I am glad I am done with this one.

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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This book got me like 😶‍🌫️- am I using this emoji right? Lol I feel like I am in slow motion a little bit. i am getting into it but I am not sure how I feel about. I am going to keep reading to see if it‘s just me. #london #strugglebus

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kspenmoll
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I read this into the night,spellbound by the 1791 story of Nella & Eliza & the secret Apothecary,whose clientele is exclusively women.Forward to present day, & Caroline Parcewell arrives alone in London for what was supposed to be a 10th anniversary celebration.She wants something different,but what that is eludes her until she she discovers an apothecary vial while she impulsively joins a river “mudlarking” group. Her life is forever changed.

kspenmoll #20in4 readathon 2mo
Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏 2mo
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kspenmoll
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“ for many of these women,”Nella whispered,”this may be the only place their names are recorded.The only place they will be remembered.”

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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Happy Monday everyone — how I am spending my Monday. Nurse laughed because I have a book and ebook in my bag. I will get to go home later today, but always travel with book.gotta fight the meds and slump with a mystery and poisons. #shereadanywhere #whatsinmypurse #reading

Bookwormjillk You gotta be prepared! Good luck 🍀 2mo
AmyG Feel better! 2mo
kspenmoll Hope you are feeling better! 2mo
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kspenmoll
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Books with maps!!!!❤️

May112 Nice! I saw some books that have maps too 😃 😃 2mo
Lindy @rockpools … speaking of maps 😊 2mo
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Cazxxx
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‘Who is Eliza Fanning‘
Part historical, part present day. This book would have been absolute perfection and a full 5 stars if it was just the historical story. I wasn‘t keen on the present day aspect and could have done without it
as it was boring and I wasn‘t very interested in the characters
The characters in the historical part were however brilliant and I can see them sticking with me for a long time
4 ⭐️

tpixie Yes loved The historical part!! 2mo
tpixie Love the cover too! #CoverArt #Cover (edited) 2mo
Cazxxx @tpixie I wish it was only the historical part, would have been perfect and I love the cover too! 2mo
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marleed I felt the same way. 2mo
tpixie @Cazxxx @marleed yes, I agree. The dual timeline is so popular now with historical novels, I am beginning to feel like they think it‘s necessary, when it‘s not. 2mo
Cazxxx @marleed I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me 2mo
Cazxxx @tpixie yes I feel the ásame. It wasn‘t necessary at all 2mo
tpixie @Cazxxx 💜👍🏻💜👍🏻💜 2mo
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canbku
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This was enjoyable! It was silly in all sorts of ways, but I was up for it and enjoyed the ride!

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AshleyKorinE
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I didn't love this book and I hate the fact I didn't love it because it is usually my favorite kind! Caroline is in present day London on what is suppose to be a dream vacation with her husband that turned into a solo vacation after finding out he cheated. She stumbles into a hidden mystery of an apothecary who only worked for women killing the men who ruin their lives. I liked the historical part more and wished that had been the only story.

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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So I did a book spin and this is what it landed on. Heard good things about it. Looks like a manageable read. Hopefully it fits in my purse. It is sitting my tbr stack lol 😂 so let‘s crack this open!!

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foreverbooked
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Books I got for my Birthday a few days ago!! Excited to get into them. Gotta finished up some book club picks first.

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LazyLibrary
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And just like that, 9 months have flown by. I was so busy making my own herbal apothecary beginning in March of this year, that I actually have not read this March BOTM pick that I have tagged throughout the process. The next time you see this book tagged, there WILL be a review with it 😜

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TamTracy
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Beautiful cover and very interesting premise I haven‘t come across yet. I loved both the timelines stories but definitely preferred the older. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Anya09
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Anya09
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Magic magic everywhere 🪄

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LadyCait84
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Told from alternating perspectives separated by centuries, this book uses history as its mystery — and demonstrated how studying past lives can illuminate revelations about our own.

I do have a few bones to pick with the modern protagonist — as a former history major myself, her choices at the end of the novel were incomprehensible and could not hold. Overall, though, I really enjoyed this one.

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brittanythebookdragon
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I didn‘t like the present day characters Caroline and James but I was totally here for Nella and Eliza. I could‘ve done without the present day storyline entirely. 🤷🏻‍♀️

RainyDayReading I felt the same way when I read this one! Would have enjoyed it much better if there had only been the one timeline in the past rather than past and present. 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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Mysterious, interesting, quiet, charming. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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LazyLibrary
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Home Apothecary Update: WOW! What an Incredible season & journey it‘s been. We have medicinal tinctures from St Johns Wort to Ghostpipe, oils & salves, mint, rose, plantain, comfrey, you name it. Yarrow & lavender. Flower essence for ❤️ healing. Dried herbs for tea 🫖 foraged with love & cured with patience. A few tinctures & oils still in the making but wow! I am beyond proud to have received this wonderful gift! Can‘t wait to plan next season!

sprainedbrain That‘s gorgeous! 3mo
LazyLibrary 🍀🍃I learned Herbalism and Foraging from a fantastic local herbalist in Hudson Valley NY. If local, find her at Redhook Wellness Center. If not, you can shop her homemade products on Etsy at WellnessHomestead!!! Her Calendula Facial Oil is hands down the best I‘ve ever used. I will lay my life down for it. Fountain of youth!!! Amazing woman, responsibly harvested, made with care🍀🍃 3mo
LazyLibrary @sprainedbrain Thank you! I think so too! I‘m really proud of it!!! Who doesn‘t love an apothecary?? 3mo
sprainedbrain A priceless thing to have! 3mo
AmyG Wow. Amazing. 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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A snack, wine and my #currentread #witchybooks while hubby watches football. Fall personified!

LauraBeth Looks like you need a refill! 3mo
Aims42 A perfect looking and sounding Sunday night 👍🏻 3mo
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WriterAtHeart
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"The Lost Apothecary" was a nice story. I liked how the modern day and the past merged together throughout. Easy read during a chaotic moment in real life.

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Hobispo
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"First, there was trust. Then, there was betrayal. You cannot have one without the other. You cannot be betrayed by someone you don't trust."
The Lost Apothecary
-Sarah Penner

Mtnwitch2012 I just bought this!! 3mo
Hobispo It was such a good read!! Enjoy 🥰 3mo
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DarkMina
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Eggs Cover Love 💕 3mo
DarkMina @Eggs Agreed! 3mo
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LostInSpace
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Such an enjoyable read.

I loved the characters, the storyline, I didn‘t see the twist at the end coming!

Such a cool little premise and I wonder whether shops like the one in the story actually existed - most likely!

Definately recommended - first 5⭐️in ages!

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Gissy
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Book has mixed reviews but I really enjoyed it. In her visit to London, Caroline went to a tour and found an aged apothecary vial. Her buried historian curiosity (buried after her marriage) emerged again to search about the history behind this vial. The story is set in 2 time lines, 1791 and present. We will know about this apothecary mystery, murders that occurred in that time and second chances in Caroline‘s life. It could be longer. 3.8⭐️

Gissy This book came in one of the Once upon a book subscription boxes. As you can see, it came with 2 useless items🙄and 2 practical ones. I love the cover of that book.

Book read during #SuperSeptember Readathon @Andrew65

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
EadieB I read and enjoyed this book 📖 too! 4mo
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kplovesbooks
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⭐⭐ I really enjoyed Nella's 1791 POV, but the rest of the book....bleh. Caroline's present day account was excruciatingly dull, and the ending of the story was just too unbelievable for me.

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Patchshank
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I think this might be the first time I've finished a #BookSpin.

It was an easy read. The life of a modern lady becomes intertwined with the lives of an apothecary and a girl who lived 200 years ago. Through the process she kind of discovers what she wants in life. The end was kind of tied up in too neat of a bow for me though. Kind of cheesey like the end of an Adam Sandler movie.

@TheAromaofBooks

Clare-Dragonfly Congratulations 😆 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Katie.happens
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This story is so engaging! I saw a lot of reviews that liked the past timeline and did not enjoy when the book showed the future from Caroline‘s perspective. I really enjoyed Caroline‘s parts as well as Nella and Eliza‘s. All three women bring a much needed perspective to learn as much as we can about the mystery unwinding through the novel.

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Blackink_WhitePaper
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I picked this book solely because of the title as m interested in traditional medicine. It‘s a historical fiction resonating in 2 time line. story line of both past & the present intersect at one time point. Author has done a brilliant job at the plot. But the whole idea of women giving poison to the betraying men is difficult to digest. some of the conversations were dull & lengthy. interesting plot multiple POV and narration is good. 3.5⭐️

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Insightsintobooks
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I just finished this book. I enjoyed it, but it isn't a book I'm sure I would read again.

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Neniacorcoran
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An easy, quick read. Read it in 7 hours. Multiple points of view, told in two different time periods that come full circle. Not a waste of time, for sure

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rsteve388
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This was an interesting and fascinating story, I listened to it on audio and loved the full cast of characters that really brought this story to life. It took me a while to finish this book because I found my self in a weird reading slump. At times, the dialogue amoung some of the characters felt disingenuous and forced, but overall it was a pleasant read.

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AsYouWish
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Where to begin… this book started off slow for me, but once it got going it was amazing!! I loved how all three women in this story were strong, courageous and determined. I felt many emotions reading this books, but all of them led me to seeing how amazing women can be when faced with problems the world throws at them and how women should never be underestimated when it comes to standing up for themselves. Highly recommend!!

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