Historical fiction, magical realism and feminist literature in one novel make The lost apothecary by Sarah Penner easy to devour – read it in a day! For newcomers, The lost apothecary takes place in 18th century London, where a secret apothecary store hidden behind a stuff shelf helps women overcome all of life’s ailments, including caring for the men who make their lives miserable. Nella knows how to disguise poisons in discreet vials for downtrodden women, and her business is going well (if not lonely) when a precocious 12-year-old girl fascinated by “magic” wants to get involved. Fast forward to today, when aspiring historian Caroline Carwell spends her birthday alone in London, after discovering that her husband is cheating on her. When she comes across a clue about unsolved apothecary murders of the past, she becomes obsessed with finding out more. But this suspenseful tale may not have a happy ending for everyone – 200 years ago or today.
If you haven’t read this addicting book, with one of the most beautiful book covers I’ve ever seen, then grab it today! Then when you’re inevitably crushed to see it end, keep this list handy so you know what to read next.