The Lost Apothecary (Paperback)
March 2021 Indie Next List
“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
Spanning the years from 1791 to, well, now, this is a tale of a woman helping women… to kill. Once a healer, Nella has taken on the burden of assisting women who want to get away from their husbands. But she has a system that requires keeping a record and that record will become a threat. She has also made friends with a teen named Eliza. All of this will carry over the years and bring about a crisis for Caroline Parcewell, living now and in London. She wants to be a historian. She’s also just discovered that her husband is unfaithful. Things start to get really twisted up at this point and just about anything can happen. Oh, did I remember to tell you that the poison dispensed is never allowed to be used to harm a woman? This debut is both fun and thrilling. Have fun getting on the literary train that is named Sarah Penner. Next stop – murder!
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.
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