THE LOST APOTHECARY by Sarah Penner blog tour

Thank you Park Row Books and Harlequin Trade Publicity for the eARC!

About the book

Author: Sarah Penner
Sale Date: March 2, 2021
ISBN: 9780778311010, 0778311015
$27.99 USD
320 pages


In this addictive and spectacularly imagined debut, a female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them—setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course. Pitched as Kate Morton meets The Miniaturist, The Lost Apothecary is a bold work of historical fiction with a rebellious twist that heralds the coming of an explosive new talent.

A forgotten history. A secret network of women. A legacy of poison and revenge. Welcome to The Lost Apothecary…

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.

Read an excerpt here!

My thoughts:


You guys, I really really wanted to like this one. Maybe if I stuck with it I would’ve ended up liking it, but I got about 20% in and just couldn’t push myself to finish it.

The modern day girl? I would want to slap her, but I didn’t have the energy. If I learned one thing about The Hills is that YOU DON’T THROW AWAY AN AMAZING WORK OR SCHOOL OPPORTUNITY FOR A MAN!

That wasn’t the only thing that irked me.

This is one where my DNF rule kicks in full throttle-if you dread picking it up again, make the book a DNF. There are sooooo many books to get through, so don’t waste your time on a book you dread reading.

I ABSOLUTELY HATE posting DNF reviews because the author, publishers, editors etc. worked so hard and spent so much time and energy on this book.

About the author

Sarah Penner is the debut author of The Lost Apothecary, to be translated in eleven languages worldwide. She works full-time in finance and is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She and her husband live in St. Petersburg, Florida, with their miniature dachshund, Zoe. To learn more, visit

Facebook: @SarahPennerAuthor

Instagram: @sarah_penner_author

Twitter: @sl_penner

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