Witch Lit Wednesday: The Lost Apothecary

Author M. A. Phillips

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner on a wooden plank floor surrounded by various glass bottles, an herb cutter, and a mortar and pestle. Photo by M. A. Phillips 2022.

I recently finished reading The Lost Apothecary, a debut novel by Sarah Penner. While not what most would consider Witch Lit, I’m going to make a case for its inclusion in the fold.

These days, I normally want to read books with a heavy bit of romance, but a tale about a hidden poison shop to help women take revenge against the men who wronged them? Sign me up for that! Penner’s novel focuses on friendship, self-care, and falling back in love with old interests. The plot deftly jumps back and forth between time and three characters – Nella, Eliza, and Caroline. After a slow start, I was soon on the edge of my seat!

Caroline lives in…

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