First, let me say the cover of this book is absolutely stunning. They have books out there that you just buy because of the cover and this is one of them.
Thankfully the cover is not the only thing great about this novel. The story was just as satisfying.
It is a novel that takes you from the past to the present. Somehow I find this type of writing style very entertaining. I get a bit of history and the modern dialect in the present day is comforting.
My take on the story without giving away too much is that its shows you how betrayal can come in all forms, how the receiver of betrayal can use its anger for good or bad. There really is no judgment and neither choice is right nor wrong.
Maybe it was the regrets Nella had of her wrongdoings, maybe it was Caroline’s bravery to knock down fear and finally start living out her dream. But each woman had regrets, one one of them was daring enough to conquer fear.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
EAT THE BOOK
I can’t say I had any food craving with this book as I have had in past with other books. What I did have was an urge to heal my body with herbs in tea form.
I think we forget that we are surrounded by so many wonderful healing remedies in herbal form and no I am not speaking about weed, I am talking about sage, mint, basil, lavender etc.
I would pair this novel with your favourite tea, scones with jam and clotted cream.
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