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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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It was an interesting book about the two story lines that cross each other in~ 250 years apart, all because of the discovery of one glass vial. I am having difficulty believing the apothecary not being leveled during the whole time within London. However, if you ignored some of the almost impossible thing, this book made a good read. ( )
  Baochuan | Nov 15, 2021 |
This book is written in the perspectives of three different women. Nella & Eliza's perspectives take place in the late 18th century, while Caroline's perspectives is during present time. Nella and Eliza's story follow the Apothecary that is run by Nella to dispense poisons to women who wish to use it against a man who has wronged them. Caroline's part of the story follows her emotional turmoil of betrayal from her own husband, and her efforts in researching this Apothecary.
Many reviews I have read stated that the reviewer didn't enjoy Caroline's story as much as Nella and Eliza's. I would have to disagree. While Nella and Eliza's paths were more intriguing, I enjoyed Caroline's path of coping with her emotions and understanding what she wants from her own life. Oh, and there's also the major twist Sarah Penner threw into the mix to bring thr spice level up. One that I never expected but got me super excited when it came!
The last third of the book really picked up the pace, and then there was a second twist that wrenched my heart strings. This book made me care for all the characters, even our morally grey Nella. The ending was entirely unexpected for me personally, and the author tied together everything beautifully. I loved the transitioning between Caroline exploring history and the messy entanglement of Nella and Eliza's lives. I feel like this is a book that I could not possible forget, and it is definitely among my favorites. ( )
  GreenEggsandSam | Oct 27, 2021 |
As someone who loves history, I truly wish that Caroline hadn't tossed the vial back into the Thames. Given that her dissertation was literally inspired by said vial, it would've made more sense for her to keep it (especially if there were ever reason for a museum exhibition or the like.) Also, I'm unclear as to what happened to Nella's book - if Caroline has it, how can she justify ownership of it?)

It's definitely an interesting story, but there are a few nitpicky things such as the aforementioned that kept me from truly loving it. ( )
  bookwyrmqueen | Oct 25, 2021 |
Let me begin by saying that two of my not-so-favorite things in books are historical mysteries and historical fiction using the hackneyed formula of one woman in the present discovering something about a woman in the past. [The Lost Apothecary] fits into both categories. Nevertheless, I finished it and even enjoyed parts of it. The main problem for me was the modern-day story, which I found to be both trite and annoying.

A few days before Caroline Parcewell and her husband are about to embark on a trip to London to celebrate their 10th anniversary, Caroline discovers that James has been unfaithful. Of course, as expected, he first denies doing anything wrong, then says it was a stupid mistake and begs for forgiveness. Broken-hearted, Caroline decides to take the trip on her own. There, she ponders her resentments, not just of the affair but of the fact that she gave up a chance to earn a Master's degree in history at Cambridge, opting to support James in his career instead, went to work in her family's business, and put off having a baby until James deemed that the time was right. I got really tired of all the wah, wah, wah. You made stupid choices; get over it and move on (which, of course, she does before the end of the book).

On her first day in London, Caroline joins a group of mudlarkers and, of course, finds an interesting artifact: a glass vial engraved with the figure of the bear. The group leader just happens to have a daughter who works at the British Museum and advises her to drop by to see if she can help. This sparks Caroline's old interest in history, and she becomes determined to uncover the secrets of the "lost" 18th-century apothecary.

While Nella's story is much more interesting, it certainly has its flaws. Nella's mother, a "white witch" type of apothecary. had taught her daughter the trade, but a bad experience with a bad, bad man (almost all of the men in the novel are horrible) turned Nella into a murderer, and she started a practice in a secret back room to help rid other women of the problematic men in their lives. It is through the course of helping one of these women that Nella meets 12-year old Eliza, a servant sent to pick up the "remedy." Eliza begs to learn the apothecary's trade, but she is actually more enamoured of "magic" than medicine. The two have a push-me/pull-me relationship: Nella wants to send the girl away yet needs her help and is drawn to her as to the daughter she never had.

So blah blah blah, and Caroline hides her discoveries and bonds with Nella over their mutual betrayals by the men they loved. She even finds herself accused of trying to bump off her annoying husband James. Of course, she becomes Her Own Woman in the end, planning the future she always REALLY wanted. In short, the author should have dropped the boring cliché of Caroline and James and stuck with the Nella-Eliza plotline.

Writing this review has made me realize that I liked this book even less than I thought I had. It follows a tired formula, the writing is mediocre and the dialogue not always fitting for the time period, it screams I AM WOMAN, and one of the main characters annoyed the heck out of me. Throwing in magical elements only made it worse. ( )
  Cariola | Oct 14, 2021 |
The premise of the book was interesting but, in the end, it was a bit amateurish for my tastes. The characters seemed a little too pat and the storyline a bit too predictable. I also found it implausible how much Caroline was able to deduce based on so little information and so quickly, too. ( )
  DidIReallyReadThat | Oct 14, 2021 |
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