December 26, 2020

The Garden of Promises and Lies

The Garden of Promises and Lies

by Paula Brackston

Publication date: December 15, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy

As the bustle of the winter holidays in the Little Shop of Found Things gives way to spring, Xanthe is left to reflect on the strange events of the past year. While she’s tried to keep her time-traveling talents a secret from those close to her, she is forced to take responsibility for having inadvertently transported the dangerous Benedict Fairfax to her own time. Xanthe comes to see that she must use her skills as a Spinner if she and Flora are ever to be safe, and turns to the Spinners book for help.

It is then that a beautiful antique wedding dress sings to her. Realizing the dress and her adversary are connected in some way, she answers the call. She finds herself in Bradford-on-Avon in 1815, as if she has stepped into a Jane Austen story.

Now in Xanthe’s time, Fairfax is threatening Xanthe into helping him with his evil doings, and demonstrates all too clearly how much damage he is capable of causing. With Fairfax growing ever more powerful, Xanthe enlists the help of her boyfriend Liam, taking him back in time with her. It is a decision that might just ensure she prevails over her foe, but only by putting her life—and his—on the line. 

My Thoughts:

This series by Paula Brackston is wonderfully entertaining! Brackston’s characters are so endearing. Each of them could very easily have a story written just about them. The main character’s exploits go beyond anything that she has encountered previously. That results in a story that is filled with suspense from start to finish. Complicated relationships, deception and lies, burgeoning friendships and romance, coupled with familial obligations make this book such a delight. And let’s not forget about that ending!!!! A delicious read and one that won’t disappoint.

Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy of this title.

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