The Lost Apothecary

HarperAudio. 2021. 320p. 10:18 hrs. ISBN 9781799959397. $39.99. F
As Caroline Parcewell explores London alone, on a trip where she intended to celebrate her tenth wedding anniversary, she discovers a jar with an unusual marking. Caroline’s curiosity is piqued, and she investigates the origins of the jar, ending up at a strange 18th-century apothecary that dispensed helpful remedies, as well as the occasional poison meant to help women deal with the oppressive men in their lives. The story moves between Caroline’s present-day plotline, potion master Nella, and a 12-year-old customer in 1791. The three narrators, Lorna Bennett, Lauren Anthony, and Lauren Irwin, give distinctive voices to the main characters. The multiple timelines are well-balanced, with equally interesting stories and shared themes of betrayal and resilience. An accompanying PDF offers additional information on poisons in the 18th century, along with a map.
VERDICT This engrossing multi-timeline story should appeal to fans of Lauren Willig or Susanna Kearsley.
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