The Lost Apothecary (Hardcover)

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It always amazes me to read about the “secret network of women” who support each other throughout the ages. This intriguing historical mystery moves between the modern-day and the late 1700s. Nella runs a secret apothecary in a backstreet London alley, providing women with potions to poison their oppressive husbands. 200 years later, Caroline comes to London to “sort out” her failing marriage, and stumbles upon the story of the apothecary murders, determined to delve into the mystery.  This fast-paced story focuses on the power of women, exploring the ways we have changed in our roles as well as understanding the intricate ways we are still the same.  If you enjoyed The Henna Artist I think you’ll enjoy this read as well! – Virgie

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“A wonderful melding of two timelines told by a trio of female voices. Each woman is standing at a crossroads; one is just becoming a woman, one is anticipating the end of her life, and one the end of her marriage. A small, blue apothecary bottle links the women and the timelines together. Penner skillfully guides us along the path each woman chooses. I could hardly bear to put the book down, such was the need to know the choice each woman makes and the consequences of that choice.”
— Sandi Madore, Magnolia's Bookstore, Seattle, WA

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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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780778311010
ISBN-10: 0778311015
Publisher: Park Row
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English