By Maryrose Wood
Within the correct dose, every little thing is a poison. Even love . . . Jessamine Luxton has lived all her 16 years in an remoted cottage close to Alnwick fort, with little corporation except the vegetation in her backyard. Her father, Thomas, a feared and revered apothecary, has taught her a lot concerning the amazing powers of crops: that even the main innocent-looking weed can remedy -- or kill. whilst Jessamine starts to fall in love with a mysterious boy who claims to speak with vegetation, she is drawn into the damaging global of the poison backyard in a fashion she by no means can have imagined . . .
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How pleasant it would be to fly on that wind, like the tuft of a dandelion. How much easier it would be to soar,weightless, than to trudge across the countryside dragging the bulk of my long skirt and petticoat, with my feet bound into heavy boots that seem to have grown too small, again. I pause to catch my breath and to still my whirling brain. My thoughts trip over one another, vying to be heard, like many voices in a shouting mob. My hair has come loose and the stinging tendrils whip into my eyes.
All day and all night he hides in the coal bin, hunched and silent. Father says it must be because that is what he was accustomed to at the madhouse, but I think Father may have frightened him with his wild talk of throwing poison into wells; it is no wonder he does not wish to speak to us. So far he has refused to eat most of the food I bring, though he will drink as much water as he is offered. I will be patient. Any wild creature can be tamed, if you are willing to wait and be still. I have learned this from the feral cats that lurk around the courtyard.
I perch in the window seat. “If you are to live under my roof, I must know some things about you. ” Weed glances at me, then at Father, and gives a slight nod. “You go by the name of Weed. ” Weed shakes his head no. “Any family? ” No. “And what about that Tobias Pratt? He was kind to you? He was like a father to you, perhaps? ” Weed lifts his eyes and gazes steadily at Father. “No,” he says. ” Father nods. “Excellent. Telling the truth will serve you well, with me, and elsewhere, too. Now I wish to ask you about the friar you once lived with.
The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood