The Poison Diaries
Murder, romance, revenge
Everything is a poison
Based on a concept by the Duchess of Northumberland
Welcome to a darkly seductive world
Inspired by real-life legends of the Poison Gardens of Alnwick Castle in England comes the first book in this gothic romance trilogy; a tale of 18th century love and revenge set in a deeply mysterious poisonous garden.
Jessamine Luxson lives with her father, Thomas, an apothecary, in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle. Thomas's pride and obsession is his locked garden full of dangerous plants, which Jessamine is forbidden to enter.
When a traveller brings an orphan to their cottage, he claims the boy has special gifts that Thomas might value. Jessamine is drawn to the strange but intriguing newcomer called Weed. Soon their friendship deepens into love. Finally, Weed shares his secret: he can communicate with plants. For him they have distinct personalities - and some are even murderous. From the locked garden the poisonous plants call to Weed, luring him with promises of deadly power.
When Jessamine falls inexplicably ill, only Weed's relationship with the Poisons can save her. But Thomas is determined to exploit Weed's abilities, even if it risks Jessamine's life - or drives Weed to the brink of madness...
Maryrose Wood is a former Broadway actor, comedian, and playwright. She has written young adult novels of which her most recent is The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place.
Jane Percy is the Duchess of Northumberland, and mistress of Alnwick Castle. The Duchess has spent the last several years creating magnificent gardens on the grounds of the castle, and has lovingly restored the famous Poison Garden. The castle is a popular tourist destination due to these gardens and because Alnwick is well-known as Hogwarts from the Harry Potter films.
The Poison Diaries
Author: Maryrose Wood