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The Lost Apothecary (Paperback)

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It is the year 1791 and Nella has two rules in her apothecary.  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 apothecary's register.  One day, a young girl comes into her shop for a poison.  Little does young Eliza know in that very moment that she had come in for more.  "Twelve minutes. A fraction of a lifetime, yet enough to alter the course of it."  One fateful evening later, Nella gets blackmailed by Lady Clarence into brewing a poison that will kill her husband's mistress.    Ever since then...  Nothing's been the same...  ...While in the present day, we have Caroline, who is taking a trip that was once meant for two...  She goes mudlarking and uncovers a vial with a crude drawing of a bear on it.  Her curiosity takes her into uncovering the past...  “You are not searching for a thing so much as you are searching for an inconsistency of things, or an absence.”  Who and what is behind the symbol of the bear, and what mysteries will unravel as she follows the trail?  These three perspectives are parallel lives that spiral like the churning waters.  They follow after each other in ways that will become apparent.  “The best apothecary was one who knows intimately the despair felt by her patient, whether in body or heart.”  -Ashley

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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



Named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Hello magazine,, 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.

Don't miss THE LONDON S ANCE SOCIETY Sarah's next spellbinding book about truth, illusion and the grave risks women will take to avenge the ones they love.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780778311973
ISBN-10: 077831197X
Publisher: Park Row
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2022
Pages: 352
Language: English

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