Book Review: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

book review the lost apothecary by sarah penner

Table of Contents

Caroline Parcewell lands in London for her tenth anniversary, hoping to escape the emotions left behind. Attempting to find her old self again, she decides to ditch her main trip itinerary. Along the way, she finds a secret history and learns more about herself than she could have ever expected. 

My Overall Thoughts on The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

For whatever reason, fantasy-type books aren’t the first genre I reach for. I’m typically a contemporary fiction or thriller kinda gal. But every once in a while, I step out of my reading comfort zone, and I’m always glad when I do. 

The mystery between the two time periods in The Lost Apothecary had me hooked pretty quickly. I wanted to find out how the two (three, four?) women were all going to be connected, and how the end result would come about. 

I think Sarah Penner did a fantastic job with interweaving the two timelines. I like not being able to predict what will come at the end, and this was one of those stories where I definitely didn’t predict everything that was to come. 

Would I recommend this book?

Yes! I would definitely recommend this for a more adult audience. There are some sensitive topics here, including sexual assault, homicide, and death. However, if you are a fantasy or magical realism fan, this is definitely a great pick for you! 

Get The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

My copy came from my Book of the Month subscription, and I’ve linked my referral link. If BOTM isn’t something you’re interested, you can also check out your local library, or see my Amazon affiliate link below. 

Happy Reading!