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The Lost Apothecary: A Novel de Sarah Penner
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The Lost Apothecary: A Novel (original: 2021; edição: 2021)

de Sarah Penner (Autor)

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Título:The Lost Apothecary: A Novel
Autores:Sarah Penner (Autor)
Informação:Park Row (2021), Edition: Original, 320 pages
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Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:Murder Mystery, Historical, Entertaining

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The Lost Apothecary de Sarah Penner (2021)

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If you want a rich version of women learns lesson from history that puts her life on a better track read Household Gods. This is a tin version, a fun read as long as you don't require any reality, which somehow is shabby in a book which is at least partly about facing reality. Poisoning off the bastards is great fun though. - In 1791 the Duke of Clarence was one of the Royals and unmarried, and the use of Lord Clarence shows no real interest in historical accuracy. Not that the real Clarence didn't deserve poisoning, but many did who weren't. ( )
  quondame | Sep 1, 2021 |
I was approved to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book, but couldn't bring myself to actually pick it up and read it. I was so captivated by the beautiful cover art, but clearly didn't read the book blurb carefully enough.

Now, this is just my opinion, and I'm sure many will disagree with me - I'm not here to argue about it, so please do not engage me in that way, if you would be so kind. I'm just to give my outlook in case it helps others. The reason I didn't pick it up to read was because of the clear anti-man sentiment outlined in the synopsis. Now, presumably, the female characters have valid reasons to be rid of the men in their life, but it just turned my stomach, to be honest.

I often find that by changing a couple of key points in a narrative, it can give a different perspective on whether something is appropriate. For example, what if this novel was about men killing women? Or people of one race killing another? Neither of those would be found acceptable in the modern world, so in my view at least, women targeting men is no less acceptable. Again, this is just my view in case it helps others. I am not here to get into an argument on it - any comments to that effect will be ignored.

I do appreciate historical fiction, and beautiful cover art, so I look forward to other offerings from this author and publisher.
  Desiree_Reads | Aug 31, 2021 |
London, 1791: Nella owns an apothecary shop but in addition to healing, she also helps women by providing them with poison to kill the men in their lives that did them wrong. Then a servant girl, Eliza, shows up in her shop looking for a way to kill her mistress's husband. In the present day, Caroline was supposed to be here on her anniversary, but she's just learned of her husband's infidelity and leaves without him. She always wanted to be an historian, a dream she gave up for more practical pursuits, so when she finds a vial while mudlarking she decides to hunt down its origin.

Three perspectives - Nella, Eliza, and Caroline - and two time periods make for a compelling read, and it was fun to see how Caroline's discoveries matched up with the events in 1791. I loved the research scenes at the British Library, and if Caroline has a few coincidental discoveries and jumps in logic, I could mostly forgive it. Eliza's narration was particularly well done. My only real quibble was how closely certain events in the two time periods mirrored each other in a way that beggared belief. Still, a solid first novel and I'd read more by Penner. ( )
  bell7 | Aug 28, 2021 |
I just finished this wonderful dual-timeline historical suspense novel. This is a wonderful debut for new author Sarah Penner! The story idea was quite unique, the writing was very accomplished, and the characters were all very real and memorable. Set in London in both the current day and in the late 1700s, The Lost Apothecary unearths the mystery of a group of murders all dispensed by poison! 5 stars..unputdownable! ( )
  vernefan | Aug 25, 2021 |
An engaging mystery with feminist commentary awaits readers of Sarah Penner’s debut The Lost Apothecary. Alternating between three narrators, Penner intertwines historical and current themes of women’s power. In London’s 1791, Nella is an apothecary who has dedicated her life to aiding women. Sometimes with remedies and other times with deadly poisons. Scorned in her younger years, she has transformed the shop she inherited from her mother into a clandestine provider of extreme solutions. Her creations are designed to rid women of the ill-behaved men in their lives, permanently. One day, an unusual new customer appears at her doorstep. Eliza has been sent by her mistress to obtain a concoction to help her husband meet an early demise. Curious about how and why Nella provides her services, Eliza ends up becoming a reluctant friend and de facto apprentice to Nella. The accompanying story line takes place in present-day London. Caroline is pondering her life’s choices after a deep betrayal. She travels solo on a trip to England that was meant to be an anniversary celebration. Her fateful discovery of an artifact connected to the old apothecary reignites her passion for history. With the aid of current day resources and a well-versed librarian, Caroline keeps digging to determine the provenance of her find. As Caroline builds on her investigation, the reader is privy to the events from 230 years ago and accompanies her on the voyage from that standpoint as well. The Lost Apothecary demonstrates how far women have come in terms of opportunities, but also portrays the ways in which we limit ourselves. This is a wonderful novel from a promising new author who already has fans asking for more.

Thanks to the author, Park Row Publishers and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review. ( )
  jnmegan | Aug 16, 2021 |
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GOD, AUTHOR AND CREATOR OF ALL THINGS...

NEVER TO TEACH UNGRATEFUL PERSONS OR FOOLS
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