What do you think?
Rate this book
301 pages, Hardcover
First published March 2, 2021
"Finding something during the Mudlarking tour is surely fate."
“History doesn’t record the intricacies of women’s relationships with one another; they’re not to be uncovered.”
"But I was tired of doing what I was supposed to be doing, tired of taking the practical, low-risk, responsible route. Instead, it was time for me to do what I wanted to do."
“How had I only just learned that happiness and fulfillment were entirely distinct things?”
"Maybe I would have my head stuck in fairy tales, as James liked to joke, but wouldn't that still be better than the nightmare in which I now found myself?"
“The best apothecary was one who knows intimately the despair felt by her patient, whether in body or heart.”
“My precious register was a record of life and death; an inventory of the many women who sought potions from here, the darkest of apothecary shops.”One day a twelve-year-old girl, Eliza Fanning, visits the apothecary on an errand from her mistress Mrs Amwell to request a potion to kill her husband Thompson Amwell. After the deed is complete Eliza comes back to the shop while her widowed mistress embarks on travels and Eliza feels the ghosts of Mr Amwell haunt her. Eliza and Nella develop a friendship, both finding comfort in each other’s company and a way to work together. The relationship between the two is wonderful and their dialogue is engaging with a feel of historical authenticity.
“First, there was trust. Then, there was betrayal. You cannot have one without the other. You cannot be betrayed by someone you do not trust.”