Staff Pick: Ashley Chapin, Library Assistant

Review: The Lost Apothecary follows two different stories, one of Nella and Eliza in 1791 and the other of Caroline set today. Nella runs an apothecary of poisons that the women of London turn to for help with killing the men in their lives. Nella’s life changes when she meets young Eliza and the two form an unlikely friendship. Caroline is on a trip to London after finding out her husband of ten years has kept a secret from her. She soon finds a vial that leads her on a quest to discovering the secret history of where that vial came from.

I enjoyed this book so much! It was such a captivating read that made the past and present come to life. I loved that it had both historical and modern timelines that were blended seamlessly. I thought the alternating stories lined up well and they kept me wanting to read just one more chapter, which is why I finished this book in one day. The apothecary and discussion of poisons was so fascinating as well as how the underlying mission was to always help women. I also thought the research done by Caroline was really interesting and thrilling. It made me remember how research was always my favorite thing to do in school.

I highly recommend The Lost Apothecary to anyone who would enjoy a historical fiction that also has a thrilling contemporary side with a flair of magic and drama. I would rate this book 5 stars.

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