The Lost Apothecary

by Sarah Penner

4.5 / 5 stars
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I don’t know, maybe five stars. I LOVED this book.

Following the discovery of her husband’s infidelity, Caroline is spending her 10th anniversary alone in London reconsidering the choices that got her to this point in her life. A chance encounter leads her to a historical mystery, a serial killer that was never identified.

Admittedly, historical fiction is easily my favorite genre, so I was likely a little biased going in. But I really loved the messaging around the empowerment of women, and the dressing down of the men who mistreated them, even if it did involve a little poison (DISCLAIMER: I do NOT condone murder as a means of holding men accountable for their bad behavior).

Caroline’s journey back to herself feels really natural if maybe a little cheesy (to be fair, I do love cheese). I thought the characters were really well developed and I appreciate how the story moved between the two time periods. The individual stories tied in together so the switch from the past to the present was also really natural.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. Thank you Netgalley and HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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