historical mystery, dual timeline
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 (good for you, Sarah) gives us relatable female characters from the late 1700s and current day, each seeking to claim ownership of their relationships and life course. More potion recipes at the back of the book and on the author’s website as an audiobook supplement. I listened to The Lost Apothecary in May, but still tuned in to the first chapter reading on a great Facebook feature, First Chapter Fun with Hannah and Frank. A great way to discover new books and spend your lunch break on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 pm EST.
I listened to this one on Audible and can share the link if you’re interested – drop me a comment through the Contact page.
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