Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (June 21, 2011)
A dark, gothic tale of romance... and murder. In the right dose, everything is a poison. Jessamine has spent her whole life in a cottage close to her father's apothecary garden, surrounded by medicinal plants and herbs that could kill her -- although her father has never allowed her into the most dangerous part of the grounds... the poison garden. And so she's never had reason to be afraid -- until now. Because now a newcomer has come to live with the family, a quiet but strangely attractive orphan boy named Weed. Though Weed doesn't say much in words, he has an instant talent for the apothecary's trade, seeming to possess a close bond with the plants of the garden. Soon, he and Jessamine also share a close bond. But little does Jessamine know that passion can be just as poisonous as the deadliest plants in the garden -- for behind Weed's instinctive way in the garden is a terrible secret.
Jessamine has spent her life living in an isolated cottage with her father. Her father is a respected Apothecary, he has spent a lot of time teaching her about the amazing power of plants. One day a man delivers a boy to the apothecary's house. The boys name is Weed. It doesn't take long for Jessamine or her father to realise that Weed isn't a normal boy. As we move through the book we watch Jessamine and Weed start to fall in love. Jessamine's father at one point takes them into the one garden that has been forbidden to Jessamine her whole life. From there the story erupts into betrayal, heart break, lies and touch decisions.
This story is rather sweet and romantic when you look at Jessamine and Weed, but when you add in her father everything takes on a more sinister look. I really enjoyed this story and the end of this book blew me away. I had my suspicions but I wasn't 100% sure until it was laid out for me. I would recommend his book to everyone I give this one 4 stars!