Chapter returning to another familiar character and storyline you were so engulfed in only a short time earlier you re immediately re hooked into that storyline and eager for uicy unveiling S I LAUGHED OUT LOUD GASPED I laughed out loud gasped loud and even cried a few times What a great fast paced highly enjoyable read I couldn t wait to get home sit down and get BACK to this story There is a constant thread of what s going to happen next and the feeling that any of us can have an adventure if only we press onward DECIDE to live and look for a mystery to be solvedPenner writes with bravado and a deep sense of character Her plotting is spot on and she serves up one hell of a story This one s destined for the NY Times Sarah Penner kept me guessing until the last page of this addictive atmospheric novel about an apothecary who c An avenger female who can concoct poisonous formulas to help you get rid of man trouble This hell of an outstanding synopsis idea put this book on my radarTo the attention of the abusers cheaters bullies and most disgusting human wastes who treat the women like doormats you should beware because there is an intelligent vicious angel of death who is also apothecary is coming after you Nella is a ghost wowed to help the mentally and physically hurt women who needs her support hiding behind the secret walls of small store conducting her business discreetly She is playing by the rules Rule number 1She has two basic rules those concoctions she dispensed cannot be used to harm another woman Rule number 2Names of murderer and victims must be recorded at the apothecary s register When she starts to form a uniue friendship with Eliza Fanning who is only 12 working at the store with her a string of unfortunate events put her and the women whose names are recorded at register in danger to be exposed At the present time we re introduced to aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell who plans to celebrate her tenth year anniversary with her beloved husband But as long as she finds out her husband dearest is a cheating bastard she travels alone to London meeting with a mudlarking group on the shores of Thames As she mucks through the water she finds a glass vial which brings out so many secrets and with the help of an employee from British library she finds herself digging out to solve 200 years long mystery Those three women s paths cross and Caroline gets closer to solve the secrets behind apothecary murdersThis is so much exciting mysterious and intriguing than I ever imagine After finishing this book I decided to read about mudlarking and since I ve read the story about Mary Ann Cotton who had poisoned nearly 21 victims at the 19th century I want to take a time travel trip and search for intriguing storiesOverall Attention capturing well developed story with impeccable characterization and high tense gothic dark atmosphere won my heart I truly enjoyed it I have to congratulate Sarah Penner for her brilliant debutSpecial thanks to NetGalley and HARLEUIN Park Row for sharing debutSpecial thanks to NetGalley and HARLEUIN Park Row for sharing incredible ARC with me in exchange my honest opinions. Can’t resist investigating only to realize she’s found a link to the unsolved “apothecary murders” that haunted London over two centuries ago As she deepens her search Caroline’s life collides with Nella’s and Eliza’s in a stunning twist of fate and not everyone will surviveWith crackling suspense unforgettable characters and searing insight The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating exploration of women rebelling against a man’s world the destructive force of revenge and the remarkable ways that women can save each other despite the barrier of tim.
review Ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ò Sarah PennerPenner s The Lost Apothecary is a spellbinding novel pardon the pun told in dual perspectives The first is the apothecary owner a woman who has made it her life s work to craft poisons but only for women to exact revenge on men who have scorned them in some way The owner keeps a detailed exact revenge on men who have scorned them in some way The owner keeps a detailed book of these concoctions and their unfortunate recipients The second perspective is of a woman in the present day who happens upon one of the original apothecary bottles and begins to dig into the history of the hidden shop and it s mysterious owner This is a welcome distraction as she too is running from her own cheating spouse The two women s stories collide in a wonderfully written heart wrenching novel Penner does a fantastic ob of weaving both of the tales so seamlessly as well as meticulously researching the time periods that you truly feel that you re in the novel with the characters I couldn t put this one down and I don t think you will be able to either I absolutely loved this book The dual timelines Intertwined Beautifully And I Loved beautifully and I loved main characters The characters were relatable The mystery mixed with a little bit of romance kept me guessing and turning the pages There was never a dull moment in the book kept me guessing and turning the pages There was never a dull moment in the book dislike novels where you are told well ust get through the first half and then it gets better The Lost apothecary is not of those It gets you hooked from the very begining Penner s descriptions of old London are historically accurate and detailed enough so you can really envision the scenes but not so detailed where you get lost in the description This book is perfect for avid and casual readers I m eager to read from this author Eliza Nella and Caroline three different women three different storylines that converge in dramatic can t put your book down ways The Lost Apothecary starts off in 18th century London set along the cobble stone streets of a hidden apothecary shop where owner Nella creates concoctions for women wishing to fulfill dark desires As we dive further into the book we re introduced to Eliza a spunky uick witted 11 year old who seeks to learn Nella s secrets Then we ump to present day where we meet Caroline an American who is looking for an escape She ets off to London and finds herself in back in 18th century London with Nella Eliza and the unsolved apothecary murders Filled with murder intrigue and scandal The Lost Apothecary is a can t miss read that will leave you turning the page long after you should have shut off your light and gone to bed Few stories take less than a page to lock me in their grasp but The Lost Apothecary was certainly one of the few I was taken instantly into the depths of 18th Century London and I mean the depths to discover a woman who chooses a dangerous path not for her own benefit but because of her own pain and with an unsolicited assistant amid much misgivings Concurrently we meet another woman whose pain brings her to the same London but in the modern day As she unearths secrets long buried in the Thames the strength and courage of these women converge as they. In this addictive and spectacularly imagined debut a female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision courseRule #1 The poison must never be used to harm another womanRule #2 The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecary’s registerOne 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 purpose sel. Seek their own unsettled futures Murder intrigue suspense and an outstandingly historically detailed story will have you on edge with a new appreciation for keeping secrets This was such an engrossing and fascinating read for me encompassing the wonderful pastime of mudlarking coupled with a dual story line this had me gripped from page one till the very endCaroline is a young woman anticipating the near day when she and her
Husband James Will FlyJames will fly London to make plans for their future and celebrate their 10th anniversary But all the happy plans are crushed for Caroline when she discovers James has been having an affair To now contemplate the future and escape the pain Caroline travels onward alone to London where she happens upon a mudlarking group on the shores of The Thames Mudlarking for those who may not know is a centuries old pastime of folks scouring the mud for old items of value it was a means of survival for some adults and children to sell what they found in order to feed their families Not really knowing whether she cares to involve herself in mucking through the water for items she finds a small glass vial that will change the course of her life and lead her to search for the origins and secrets the vial holds In the alternate story line going back to the late 1700 s Nella is a woman who has chosen to live in secret as an apothecary to not only make her special healing tinctures but also as a means to kill men men who have betrayed hurt and deceived women Through word of mouth Nella receives secret reuests from women to conjure up poison remedies that will kill the boyfriends husbands and lovers who all have caused them pain in way or another Vowing never to hurt any women in the course of dispensing her poisonous tinctures Nella will receive a reuest that will put her lifelong vow to help women in danger as well as her own lifeI have recently begun exploring the topic of mudlarking and long to know about the fascinating historical objects that have been gleaned from the mud and waters through the years so I was excited to read this when I first spotted it This novel also peaked of an interest for me in the poisoning cases during the Victorian era leading me to seek out the Books The Author Has Mentioned the author has mentioned her notes All in all this was an engrossing and totally fascinating read RecommendedThank you to Edelweiss and author Sarah Penner for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review A wonderful page turner finished it in record time I loved the dual timeline the throwback to old London and the suspense of a se I could not put this book down From the very first paragraph I was hooked There s a perfect balance of mystery relationships adventure and historic wonder The two interwoven timelines from the perspective of each main female character flow together with such a perfect natural parallel and leave you on the edge of your seat so hungry for the next big reveal that it s incredibly tempting to ump ahead to peek at the next chapter from the next big reveal that it s incredibly tempting to ump ahead to peek at the next chapter from character But as soon as you transition to the next. Ling 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 eopardizes Nella’s world and threatens to expose the many women whose names are written in her registerIn present day London aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone reeling from the discovery of her husband’s infidelity When she finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames she. ,