Poison diaries by Maryrose Wood

Publishers’ blurb

A dark, gothic tale of romance… and murder.

In the right dose, everything is a poison. Jessamine has spent her whole life in a cottage close to her father’s apothecary garden, surrounded by medicinal plants and herbs that could kill her — although her father has never allowed her into the most dangerous part of the grounds… the poison garden. And so she’s never had reason to be afraid — until now.

Because now a newcomer has come to live with the family, a quiet but strangely attractive orphan boy named Weed. Though Weed doesn’t say much in words, he has an instant talent for the apothecary’s trade, seeming to possess a close bond with the plants of the garden. Soon, he and Jessamine also share a close bond. But little does Jessamine know that passion can be just as poisonous as the deadliest plants in the garden — for behind Weed’s instinctive way in the garden is a terrible secret.

Further information

Maryrose Wood’s website

Poison Diaries page at Lovereading4kids

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3 comments on “Poison diaries by Maryrose Wood

  1. A rather dark, mysterious Gothic tale. Another historical novel but different again from the others I have read from the shortlist. I grew quite fond of the two main characters, Jessamine – a sheltered 16 year old, and Weed – an abandoned boy of indeterminate age. Although it was strange concept that Weed could communicate with the plants from the garden, I enjoyed all the descriptions of the potions which could be distilled from the plants. I would probably describe this book as a Gothic romantic mystery. It isn’t in my top three but I’ve yet to find a book I don’t like on the longlist!

  2. I’m at page 78 and i am really enjoying the book. i really like the main character jessamines personality and her passion for plants. the book is slightly confusing and i dont understand it all but it makes me want to read on and find out what everything means.

  3. after getting into the book i dont like it as much as i did at the start. its extremely confusing and very weird. i dont like how the plants talk to weed the same way humans would, its a bit too far fetched.

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