Rx: “Things In Jars”

Prescribed by: Jess Kidd

Prescribed for: Fans of “The Night Circus,” “The Alienist,” and Sherlock Holmes.

Side Effects: Blurred vision and neck tension from an inability to put this novel down.

Directions: If you like your historical fiction with a bit of humor and a fantastical twist, then this is the book for you. The setting is the mid-1800’s Victorian London where men of science are anatomists and collectors and women are to be seen and not heard. Lucky for us, Bridie Devine, the scrappy female protagonist in this novel, is no wallflower; she doesn’t play by the rules, nor does she feel that those rules made by men should apply to her.

When Bridie is hired to find the kidnapped daughter of an eccentric scientist and collector, she soon discovers that this child is different, perhaps possessing special powers that make her hard to keep secret and put her on the list of every collector, reputable or otherwise. Bridie’s own past as a scientist’s lab assistant makes her uniquely qualified for the case, but her past may also put her in grave danger. The characters in this novel are so richly drawn and like none we’ve encountered previously, from Bridie’s seven foot tall housemaid to the tattooed ghost in boxer’s trunks who follows her everywhere. While a bit macabre at times, the underlying story is the perfect blend of history and fairytale, much like the Brothers Grimm.

Special Instructions: You will feel the cold, dark setting of this novel deep in your bones, so keep warm with this delicious, spicy drink. And preserved fruit was a delectable, Victorian-era dish worthy of revisiting.

Hot Toddy by Dinner then Dessert

From the website: “Hot Toddy is a cocktail recipe made with honey, bourbon, and cinnamon and is the PERFECT hot drink for warming up on cold days.”

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Three Fruit Marmalade by Kitchen Heals Soul

From the website: “Marmalade is a bittersweet preserve made from citrus fruit, usually oranges, though lemon, limes, grapefruit, and other citrus can also be added to marmalade. This gorgeous homemade three fruit marmalade recipe is made with oranges, lemons, and grapefruit, using the whole fruit method so nothing is wasted! This easy marmalade recipe without pectin yields a thick marmalade that is not too sweet and not too bitter. It’s just right.”

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Refill: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781982121280

Julie Bond

Julie Bond is a voracious reader with eclectic tastes running the gamut from YA lit, to psychological suspense, and anything dog-related, of course. You can find her haunting her favorite San Francisco Bay Area indie bookstores. Email her at ObsessiveBookFanatic@gmail.com


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