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The Garden of Promises and Lies

af Paula Brackston

Serier: Found Things (3)

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This is one of my favorite series and this book is my favorite so far. I was so glad to be back in the world of found things and with these characters.

In this episode Xanthe is reflecting on the strange events of the past year. Other than one person Xanthe has kept her time travel journey ability a secret from her Mother and Liam, who she has grown very close to. Now that the evil Benedict Fairfax has shown up in her time, she most take responsibility for that and realizes she must use her skill as a spinner if she is to keep herself and her mother safe.

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.

Xanthe realizes she can't make this journey alone and enlists Liam to help her confront Fairfax. The suspense will leave you on the edge of your seat and yearning for more. Book 4 can't get here fast enough. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
I was hesitant to continue the Found Things series after reading the first book because, while good, it felt a little too tame and the characters lacked the depth I was expecting.

The Garden of Promises and Lies follows Xanthe once again as she continues to learn more about her gift of being a Spinner. This time, while trying to figure out what her nemesis, Fairfax, is planning, a wedding dress sings to her and transports her back to 1815. In an attempt to get ahead of Fairfax, she considers bringing her boyfriend, Liam, back with her.

I will say that both the second (Secrets of the Chocolate House) and third (The Garden of Promises and Lies) installments were more interesting than the first, and with that ending, I must say I'm very intrigued to read the next installment (City of Time and Magic, per Macmillan's website).

The characters were a little bland, but interesting enough. I felt that Xanthe in particular just tried too hard, and her character often seemed forced. My favorite character, though, would have to be Harley: a macho guy who was a secret softie. Liam wasn't bad either. Fairfax felt too contrived: we were told he was evil and dastardly, but his actions were mild in comparison.

The plot was interesting. I liked watching as Xanthe learned how to control her Spinner gift, though it did often feel a little too easy. I also feel like the stakes weren't high enough when traveling back in time; again, everything felt too easy.

However, for all of my nitpicking, I did really enjoy this series. It was a relatively quick read with mostly interesting characters, some with questionable morals, and a story line that kept me waiting to see what happened next. Now that I am invested, I really want to see what happens after that cliffhanger!

3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. ( )
  Allison_Krajewski | Jan 11, 2021 |
This was fantastic! I tend to enjoy time travel stories so I was drawn to this series from the start. Once I started reading the series, it became evident that this was something really special. I was really looking forward to this installment and it delivered on every level. I found this book to be a wonderful escape and really enjoyed going along with Xanthe during this adventure.

Xanthe is a Spinner, which is the term used for individuals with the special skill of being able to spin time. Certain objects sing to Xanthe and pull her into time so that she can set things right. When Xanthe finds an antique wedding dress, she knows that it has a story to tell. She also must continue to deal with Fairfax who is determined to get what he wants from Xanthe at any cost and in any time.

I loved the characters in this book. There were some pretty big developments for Xanthe in her personal life in this story and I loved seeing how supportive everyone in her life turned out to be. I found the characters in the past to be just as likable and I found myself hoping that Xanthe would be able to help their situation. I loved getting to know Xanthe better as she learned more about her abilities.

I would recommend this book to others. I found this to be a very well done and exciting story that kept me glued to the pages until the very end. I do have to say that the ending has left me very eager to read the next installment in this wonderful series.

I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. ( )
1 stem Carolesrandomlife | Dec 23, 2020 |
Having been disappointed by the second installment, “Secrets of the Chocolate House”, I was hesitant to take this on. Happily, this portion of the larger story is more tightly drawn with a clear path forward. The characters have crystallized as has Xanthe’s commitment to perfect her ability to spin and time travel. Good thing as she is going to need it in the fourth volume which has to be around the corner.

Brackston has found her groove and hopefully she won’t keep us waiting too long to see what happens next. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Publishing for a copy. ( )
  kimkimkim | Nov 22, 2020 |
What a fun and thrilling romp through time! Xanthe, a "spinner", is one who can spin time and travel through it. Her access point is the old blind house facilitated by objects which "sing" to her, calling her back in time to right a wrong or correct an injustice. This is the call of the "spinners".

This story picks up where the the previous installment leaves off. Greed and evil against good plays heavily throughout this story. This time, an 18th century wedding dress "sings" to Xanthe and encourages her to travel back to its time of origin. Simultaneously, the evil one has found his way to current day England and is wreaking havoc on Xanthe's life and loved ones. Will she prevail in the end? Only time will tell. Again, Ms Brackston leaves the reader with a dire situation, some unanswered questions and an eagerness for the story's next installment.

Author Paula Brackston, through her extensive research, is brilliant at world building and deftly creates two - the now and 17th century then of England. Her writing is exquisitely crafted and at times poetic. Such a wonderful imagination this author has to spin such a fabulous yarn.

This third in series book, stands well enough on its own. However, there are a few tantalizing references to the first and second which encourages the reader to explore the earlier installments of this series. I eagerly await the next installment in this grand and adventurous series.

I am grateful to Paula Brackston and her publishing team at St. Martin's Press for having provided a complimentary uncorrected digital galley of this book through NetGalley. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone.

Synopsis (from publisher's website):

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. ( )
  KateBaxter | Nov 20, 2020 |
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