The Lost Apothecary, a review by Tanya and Jenn

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The Lost Apothecary
By Sarah Penner
Narrated by Lorna Bennett: Lauren Anthony; Laruen Irwin

10 hours, 18 min
Published Mar 2nd, 2021 by Harlequin Audio

AMAZON | GOODREADS

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Caroline travels to London for her wedding anniversary, leaving her cheating Husband behind, back in the states. She has to decide where her future will take her with the choices laid out in front of her.

While going on a tour to keep her mind off her troubles, she finds an old apothecary jar. Excited to find out the history of her found treasure, she embarks on a research journey that may change her life forever.

At the same time that Caroline is researching the found bottle, the story of Nella and Eliza unfolds bringing potions, poisons, death, friendship and mystery.

Tanya’s Thoughts:

This dual timeline story was so interesting! I really loved the story of Nella and Eliza from the late 1700’s. The events that brought them together and the relationship that was created was both intriguing and heartfelt. I would have loved more time spent on this timeline throughout the story as it was my favorite part.

The timeline for Caroline was also interesting but as her research unfolds the mystery of the apothecary bottle, the events felt a little forced to me. She made a lot of assumptions that, of course, fit with the story, but I’m not certain were realistic.

Readers that love female friendships, female empowerment, mysteries and dual timelines will be fans of this story. The narrators were also fabulous with proper American and English accents. I highly recommend this version!

Thank you to #NetGalley for providing this book. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy and all views expressed are only my honest opinion.

 

Jenn’s Thoughts:

I would also rate this one at 4 and I too listened to the audio and loved it! The narrators were great. I thought the entire premise was so interesting and immediately found myself absorbed into the story. I liked how Caroline found this connection to the passed and couldn’t help digging deeper, revealing the history and story of Nella and Eliza. I always enjoy stories that explore what females went through in the past, their struggles and accomplishments. Nella and Eliza were definitely two brave badasses.

While I really enjoyed the entire story and thought it was interesting how the author chose to tell the story with dual timelines I think my favourite was Carolines storyline, I wanted to know what would come of her quest to find herself.

I thought this book was cleverly written and quick paced, I agree with Tanya that anyone who loves a good female driven story will be a fan of this one!

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