The Poison Diaries – Maryrose Wood and the Duchess of Northumberland

“15th March
Grey skies; the rain came and went all morning. A cold wind blew in gusts, worsening as the day went on, until the lowest branch of the great chestnut tree in the courtyard splintered down the middle and crashed to the ground. If I had been standing underneath, I would have been crushed”
Jessamine and her father live in an old chapel near Alnwick, kept away from the town’s residents because her father didn’t want them to trick her into telling them his apothecary secrets Jessamine knows little about anyone other than her own father. Until one day a gentleman turns up with a strange boy on the back of his horse. The boy is considered a freak and the man is convinced that he “cured” the paitents in the nearby mental hospital by putting something in their tea.
Jessamine is curious of the boy known as Weed and when her father takes him in to see what secrets he has of his own Jessamine and Weed soon develop a relationship. But at what cost?
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I was seriously mpressed by this book, the characters, the relationships and the story line we all spot on and I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed it!
For some reason I have always shied away from anything historical, I always liked my contemporary fiction and paranormal but never anything historical, then when I read the Prisoner of the Inquisition I found that I really loved historical fiction and as I had this one sitting on my shelf I thought I’d probably enjoy it a lot too! 😀
I did really enjoy the story for this one, I was in wonder at first about what exactly was going on and I must admit I did find the beginning slightly slow but once I got around 90 pages in I loved it and couldn’t put it down! I read the last 150 pages in two sittings of around 20 minutes each which is loads for me but I loved it so much!
Jessamine was an interesting character. You could tell she was kept sheltered and this was a major crap factor for her, she wanted more to life that just being a child then a wife and I loved her for that but obviously my favourite character had to be Weed. With his abilities, which totally threw me off, and his sweetness, I felt so sorry forhim when I found out about his past!
The best bit about this book is the bit I cannot talk about! This sucks as I want to praise it so much but theres something very unexpected… very unexpected! And I loved it! A good book has a good pace and a fantastic twist and this one totally did!
I would recommend The Poison Diaries to anyone who likes anything a bit different, it was definitely nothing like anything else I’ve read recently and I think that’s why I loved it. I was impressed by the setting, the chracters and the story. It also held dear to me because it’s close to home, having been brought up not far from where it’s set and I like my roots!                       
The Poison Diaries was released by Harper Colins in 2010 and is the first of the series. My copy was obtained through a competition by website Teen Today, thank you.
  • I just moved this up my book pile the other day as I desperately wanted to read it.

  • I loved Weed. I thought his abilities were really cool. And then the twist. I saw it coming, but it still was really twisted. I was like- oh no, you didnt.

    God, you live in that beautiful area? You’re so lucky 🙂

    ♥ Trish

  • I often shy away from historical fiction too. Might have to give it a swing!

  • Trish – I grew up in county Durham, about 50 miles from where the book is set but equally beautiful! Unfortunately moved away for uni but will always hold it dear!

    Laura and Viv – you must read!!! Its great! 😀

  • Love this book and can’t wait for the sequel. x