A woman helping women kill their husbands in the 1790s through her apothecary shop? That got my attention! I loved the way this story was told through present and past day! It was a beautifully written, gripping novel that I thoroughly enjoyed!
The two characters we are focused on are Nella in the 1790s and Caroline in the present day. Nella is using her apothecary shop to help women kill their husbands with poisons. She has very strict morals about this killing. It must always be men, never women. She will destroy potions and refuse service to any request that has the intent to harm another woman. I really enjoyed her character. She was smart and resourceful, but also emotionally wounded, creating a character that I was deeply invested in.
Caroline is escaping an adulterous husband by taking a vacation to London alone. She discovers an apothecary vial and her historian brain kicks into high gear. I loved how she became immediately interested in what this vial was, who used it, etc. Sometimes I get less interested in the present-day story-line in books like this, but in this one, I loved what she was discovering about herself and about the past. It made me so interested in both stories!
I loved the audio of this. The narrator did a wonderful job, creating a beautiful story and setting that I was completely immersed in. I would highly recommend it!
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend