Kristine Madera Book Review

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Book Review by Kristine Madera


The Lost Apothecary Book ReviewSarah Penner’s debut novel The Lost Apothecary is a wonderfully original story with compelling characters and plot twists, set in two different time periods. Modern-day aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell is in London alone for her tenth wedding anniversary after finding out about her husband’s affair. She joins a group of waders searching in the muck of the Thames river and finds an unusual bottle with a small bear etched on it. The bottle once belonged to an 18th-century apothecary named Nella who dispensed poisons to help women kill scoundrel husbands or other harmful men in their lives. In the 18th-century timeline, young Eliza comes to Nella’s hidden shop to fetch a poison for her mistress to kill her lecherous, predatory husband, which kicks off a spiral of interesting events that you’ll have to read to find out. 

The modern and old stories parallel nicely and are equally compelling—a hard feat to pull off, especially in a debut novel! As each story twists and turns, the net pulls tighter for all three women in a way that connects them through time.  

This is smart, edgy, thought-provoking, escapist fiction at its best! 

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About Kristine

Kristine Madera is a #1 bestselling Amazon author, novelist, hypnotherapist, and pro-topian with a passion for helping people better themselves and the world. Informed by global travel, teaching abroad, and a stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Kristine believes that everyone plays a part in imagining and creating our collective future.

Volunteering at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying in Calcutta inspired her novel, God in Drag. She birthed her upcoming novel, The Snakeman’s Wife, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea.

Read the first chapter of God in Drag HERE