Book Review | The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner


A historical mystery bringing to timelines together, one from 1791 and one of present day London.

A tale of murder and the women behind them. The apothecary is the one place women can turn to when the men in their lives are more than they can bare.

Nella is the owner of this shop and her fate is changed when Eliza Fanning walks into her shop. The unnerved feeling Nella gets is quickly set aside as she continues on with Eliza. This feeling later returns with another customer arrives.

Caroline is running from her husband and the betrayal he gifted her for their wedding anniversary in which they were supposed to go on a trip to London. She decides to go anyways. Alone.

While there she comes across an old apothecary bottle which begins her research. What she doesn’t know it how this story will intertwine with her own and altering her world.


Oh, so good! I didn’t want to stop reading to get sleep before I had to do another long workday but alas I did and finished on the way in to work later.

While this was a split timeline, it was done so well. I never wondering what was going on like so many other split timeline stories I have read that confuse you with abruptly changing scenes without any warning, leaving the reader confused until they realize the switch.

Very well written and thought out. I enjoyed this story immensely. The characters were enjoyable while not always “proper”. The mystery element was captivating.

I would recommend this to those who like a story of finding some history that brings up a past time, historical fiction, and stories of women betrayed and vengeful.

This audiobook was given in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.

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