The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood
Nightshade (The Poison Diaires)

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Sixteen-year-old Jessamine Luxton is heartbroken. Her true love, Weed, the strange but intriguing young man who came into her life so suddenly, has disappeared. How could he have left her with no farewell, and no word since?

Jessamine may not know why Weed vanished, but she does suspect that her own father, Thomas, may have had something to do with it. Thomas, who was so obsessed with Weed’s secret knowledge of dangerous plants that he would do anything to learn it. This suspicion—and her experiences with poisons—has changed her. She is no longer innocent, and now she has her own intimate knowledge of the power of the plants.

So when Jessamine learns that Weed is alive, she will do whatever it takes to be reunited with him.

She is, after all, her father’s daughter. . . .


About Maryrose Wood

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Maryrose Wood is the author of The Mysterious Howling and The Hidden Gallery, the first two books in this continuing series about the Incorrigible children and their governess. Maryrose's other qualifications for writing these tales include a scandalous stint as a professional thespian, many years as a private governess to two curious and occasionally rambunctious pupils, and whatever literary insights she may have gleaned from living in close proximity to a clever but disobedient dog. You can visit her online at
Published October 25, 2011 by Balzer + Bray. 288 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, History, Travel. Fiction

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Seeking clues about Jessamine from the wise plants in the University’s Orto Botanico, he finds an extraordinary ally in the beautifully characterized Signora Baglioni, head gardener and keeper of a secret library of rare cross-cultural plant lore.

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So it is no wonder that she has always longed to explore the locked garden that is her father’s pride and obsession – his poison garden, which contains exotic and local specimens of the most dangerous plants in the world.

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Jessamine finds herself increasingly interested in him and surprised by a blooming physical attraction they share.After many days of working and enjoying the gardens side by side, Jessamine finally becomes bold enough to make some reticent advances.

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In NIGHTSHADE, the second volume of The Poison Diaries, Weed pursues his lady love while Jessamine flees England with the Prince of Poisons, attempting to escape her crimes under a dark influence."Young adult audiences should really enjoy the unique and creative storyline of The Poison Diaries."W...

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Historical Novel Society

The two separate narratives – Jessamine’s trials when her medicinal knowledge brings her under suspicion of witchcraft, Weed’s journey to Italy to find the renowned Orto botanico – seem only vaguely related.

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Jessamine Luxton has lived all her sixteen years in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle, with little company apart from the plants in her garden.

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