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Maryrose Wood is the author of The Mysterious Howling, The Hidden Gallery, and The Unseen Guest—the first three books in this continuing series about the Incorrigible children and their governess. These books may be considered works of fiction, which is to say, the true bits and the untrue bits are so thoroughly mixed together that no one should be able to tell the difference. This process of fabrication is fully permitted under the terms of the author's Poetic License, which is one of her most prized possessions.
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.
Jane Northumberland is married to the twelfth Duke of Northumberland and is mistress of Alnwick Castle. The earls and dukes of Northumberland have lived in Alnwick Castle for seven hundred years. The Duchess has spent the last fourteen years creating beautiful public gardens in the grounds of the castle and, because of her fascination with and knowledge of poisons, has created the world-famous Poison Garden. Alnwick Castle and the Alnwick Garden are the most popular tourist destinations in the north of England, attracting more than 800,000 visitors each year.
Overall, Nightshade is a beautiful, fast paced, heartbreaking read.
I know this wasn't the most detailed review but it is hard to talk in too much detail without giving away one of the things that makes this book so awesome.
Jessamine will discover several lurid secrets and Weed will make a final decision regarding his true nature.
When we find Jessamine in this book she is not the same girl we left in the last book. She has lost her faith in men, and had her innocence taken away. Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by Melby223
The first mortal to converse with plants (and they with him) is an odd, bedraggled, green-eyed fellow named Weed. Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by Teen Reads
This is the second book in the Poison Diaries Series. The reader will enjoy finding out what happened to Jessamine and Weed. Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by Common Sense