The Lost Apothecary

Author: Sarah Penner

Pages: 320 Purchase Book

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The "Cast Your Vote" results are in and you all asked for more Historical Fiction. This month's Book Club Pick is a bit of a revenge seeking historical fiction. Goodreads describes the plot with this engrossing little blurb:

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.

Although categorized as historical fiction, I think many of our members will be drawn to the revenge plot. Similar to last months The Storyteller, this novel will cross centuries in time with characters from the past and present. The plot is intriguing and I hope members will enjoy the read.


For this months events, we will do a little apothecary self care at Santa Barbara Salt Caves on Saturday, June 5th. Space is available for up to 7 members to join us. The cost of this event is $395.00 before taxes (Approx. $60 per person if 7 people attend). The treatment includes 60 minutes in the rejuvenating Salt Cave.


The air in the caves is infused with micro-salt particles that impart a therapeutic benefit when inhaled. Halotherapy, simply breathing in air saturated with salt particles, is known to be a natural and effective way to improve respiratory health. A perfect place to escape, heal your body and refresh your mind. This is a private event for our Book Club so no members of the public will be sharing our "Salt Cave." No children will be allowed to attend this event due to limited space.


If you would like to spend a little extra, you can add on a Mini Facial for $35, a chair massage for $25, and/or a tea bar for $15 per person.


RSVP REQUIRED by May 7th in order to be included in the guest list for planning and payment purposes. Dates are subject to change according to event availability.

Our virtual event will take place on Saturday May, 29th. The event details for our virtual event are still in the works and will be announced with the Event Details post to follow.


Happy Reading,


Ashley Trevillyan

The Book Nerd

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