Historical Fiction Favorite
THE LOST APOTHECARY
London, 1780s / present day dual timeline, 319 pages
Place the following ingredients in your mortar: intrigue, revenge, empowerment, a love of history. Grip your pestle tight and grind them together. Mix in back alleys and hidden doors of London and mudlarking through the River Thames (it’s a thing!). Pour your potion into a small blue bottle with a bear imprint. Cap it and save to use when you’re ready for an extremely entertaining story. Debut novelist Sarah Penner gives us relatable female characters from the late 1700s and current day, each seeking to claim ownership of their relationships and life course. More (non-deadly) potion recipes available at the back of the book and on the author’s website as an audiobook supplement.