Synopsis: In the right dose, everything is a poison. Even love . . .
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. Her father, Thomas, a feared and respected apothecary, has taught her much about the incredible powers of plants: that even the most innocent-looking weed can cure — or kill.
When Jessamine begins to fall in love with a mysterious boy who claims to communicate with plants, she is drawn into the dangerous world of the poison garden in a way she never could have imagined . . .
Poison Diaries was an enjoyable read. I enjoy historical fiction, and even though this doesn’t delve into court politics or any of the larger events going on in the world, it’s always fun to read about a time gone by. And as a side now, Poison Diaries is based off of an idea that the current Duchess of Northumberland had. She has a beautiful poison garden at her home, and the story came from the idea of knowing the secrets of the plants within this garden. Check out this Q & A with the Duchess to learn more about her inspiration.
Poison Diaries is the story of Jessamine, her father, and Weed. Jessamine’s father is an herbal healer, well known for his abilities. He’s always looking to unlock more of the secrets of the earth, trying to find what healing powers all the plants can provide. Jessamine adores her father and shares her father’s love of plants, but not his obsession. Weed has a mysterious past. He comes to Jessamine and her father after he has “healed” those living in an insane asylum. The arrival of Weed causes Jessamine’s world to turn upside down, and this is where the book really starts to take off.
This was an enjoyable read and I cannot wait to read about what happens next with Weed and Jessamine.