A to Z Challenge Book Reviews

My Languishing TBR: L #AtoZChallenge2024 #Books #BookReviews

L is for Lost

Learn more about the challenge here.

I’m doing folklore and book review posts to reach and please a larger audience. Previous years have shown select interest in both and to minimise blogging throughout the year, I’m focusing my efforts on April.

Focusing on an A to Z of my TBR (to be read) list, each letter will have books starting with that letter on my list, a book I’ve read and reviewed (with the review!) and one of my books matching the letter with a link about more info about the book.

I chose the books this year quite randomly from my Goodreads Want to Read page. Some are quite creatively added to letters.

If you’d rather check out my folklore post for today, go here.

Learn more about the challenge here.

You can read reviews for from previous years for this letter here and here, and my year-end reviews here, here, here and, most recently, here.


About the Book I’ve Read

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

A female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them – setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course.

Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman.
Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecary’s register.

One cold February evening in 1791, at the back of a dark London alley in a hidden apothecary shop, Nella awaits her newest customer. Once a respected healer, Nella now uses her knowledge for a darker purpose – selling well-disguised poisons to desperate women who would kill to be free of the men in their lives. But when her new patron turns out to be a precocious twelve-year-old named Eliza Fanning, an unexpected friendship sets in motion a string of events that jeopardizes Nella’s world and threatens to expose the many women whose names are written in her register.

In present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, reeling from the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. When she finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames, she can’t resist investigating, only to realize she’s found a link to the unsolved “apothecary murders” that haunted London over two centuries ago. As she deepens her search, Caroline’s life collides with Nella’s and Eliza’s in a stunning twist of fate – and not everyone will survive.

Check it out on Goodreads.

My Review

I don’t usually like dual timelines, but this one is well-written.

There’s one chapter, though, where Caroline suddenly uses the Lord’s name in vain – completely out of character.

James is as much of a slime ball as advertised. I’m glad she finally figures it out. The things he puts her through… He’s a lot like the man who started the vengeance dispensed by the apothecary.

Nella and Eliza have a bigger adventure and more action, though their story is also a lot more tragic. I do like the twist ending, though.

A great premise with a touch of the supernatural and loads of real-world issues women have to deal with all the time.

When the police read Caroline’s notebook and nearly arrest her, I was just glad that no-one has access to my notebooks in case I’m accused of all that goes wrong, just like Caroline.

An intriguing story that keeps one reading long past bedtime.

Trigger warning: murder by poison, false imprisonment, sexual predators, adultery, gaslighting (especially James), miscarriage.

4 unicorn star rating

My Book

Tattered Tales (Faery Tales series #4)

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3 thoughts on “My Languishing TBR: L #AtoZChallenge2024 #Books #BookReviews”

  1. Hello Auntie. We have an apology to make. Lots of your comments ended up in spam, and I didn’t know about spam until yesterday. They are now all in our posts. We like your comments a lot.
    And Mummy wants me to take notes of all the Lenape books you’ve listed so she can read about them too. I asked her to read them to me, but she said ‘only if they are fit for five year olds’. I think she thinks they won’t be.
    I like all your posts, too. I’m going to the mythology next – they’re my favourites 🙂

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