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Pitched as Kate Morton meets The Miniaturist, The Lost Apothecary tells the story of a mysterious female owner of a secret apothecary shop in 18th century London that dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them. Two hundred years later, a woman running from her own demons stumbles on a clue to the centuries-old unsolved apothecary murders, and ...more
Expected publication: March 2021 by Park Row Books/HarperCollins
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Roxy Miller
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. The dual timelines intertwined beautifully and I loved the main characters. The characters were relatable . The mystery (mixed with a little bit of romance) kept me guessing and turning the pages. There was never a dull moment in the book. I dislike novels where you are told " well just get through the first half and then it gets better". The Lost apothecary is not of those. It gets you hooked from the very begining. Penner's descriptions of old London are ...more
Laurel Uballez
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. From the very first paragraph I was hooked. There’s a perfect balance of mystery, relationships, adventure and historic wonder. The two interwoven timelines from the perspective of each main female character flow together with such a perfect, natural parallel and leave you on the edge of your seat, so hungry for the next big reveal that it’s incredibly tempting to jump ahead to peek at the next chapter from that character. But as soon as you transition to the next ...more
Melissa
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Few stories take less than a page to lock me in their grasp, but The Lost Apothecary was certainly one of the few! I was taken instantly into the depths of 18th Century London, and I mean the depths, to discover a woman who chooses a dangerous path not for her own benefit, but because of her own pain, and with an unsolicited assistant amid much misgivings. Concurrently, we meet another woman whose pain brings her to the same London but in the modern day. As she unearths secrets long buried in ...more
Marc
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful page turner, finished it in record time! I loved the dual timeline, the throwback to old London, and the suspense of a self-appointed executioner in the Apothecary. A fantastic read into a world unexplored, where the plot turns in ways you don't see coming.
Lauren Conrad
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wasn't sure if I should write a review, but since others have left reviews here, I shall go ahead. When I first got a hold of this book, I knew I had something truly special. On a plane ride from London to New York, appropriately enough, I devoured this brilliant dual timeline novel about a series of murders lost to history. It also tells the touching story of a young woman we can all identify with who is just trying to get away from it all and make something of her life. If you enjoy historical ...more
Christine Webb
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read some of this novel pre publication. The story really hooked me in as Caroline finds her way onto the River Thames foreshore. I am really looking forward to reading the whole novel.
Brook Allen
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait to get home, sit down, and get BACK to this story. There is a constant thread of "what's going to happen next" and the feeling that any of us can have an adventure, if only we press onward, DECIDE to live, and look for a mystery to be solved.

Penner writes with bravado and a deep sense of character. Her plotting is spot-on and she serves up one hell of a story. This one's destined for the NY Times.
Shannon Williams
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eliza, Nella and Caroline: three different women, three different storylines that converge in dramatic, can’t put your book down, ways. The Lost Apothecary starts off in 18th-century London, set along the cobble stone streets of a hidden apothecary shop, where owner Nella creates concoctions for women wishing to fulfill dark desires. As we dive further into the book we’re introduced to Eliza, a spunky, quick-witted 11 year old who seeks to learn Nella’s secrets. Then we jump to present day, ...more
Rachel
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Lost Apothecary was a truly captivating, could-not-put-it-down read. This beautiful story, told across incredibly distinct perspectives, leaves you craving to comprehend just how the character's lives and experiences intersect, and the author takes you there in the most unique, thrilling and enjoyable way. I cannot recommend this book enough, and I am already looking forward to the next time I can lose myself in its world yet again.
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My debut novel, The Lost Apothecary, will be hitting bookshelves in the U.S. + 10 international territories in 2021 (Park Row Books/HarperCollins)