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A heart prepared to die that has never lived or loved...

Born with fragile health, Dawn Uxbridge has lived a sheltered existence. Her lonely days are filled by drawing fanciful landscapes and nurturing plants. When tragedy strikes, she finds herself alone and penniless with only one talent - a green thumb.

Jasper, the Earl of Seton, is in need of a gardener to reclaim his derelict estate in the remote west of England. He expected a robust commoner, not a fragile young woman.

With the next train a week away, Dawn has one chance to change the earl's mind and earn her place. But all is not as it seems at the ancestral manor. The estate is full of secrets. Ravens cluster on the parapets, and a ghostly young woman cries out at night. This garden conceals a rotten heart, and it plans to squeeze the last beat from Dawn's....

Contains mature themes.

©2017 A. W. Exley (P)2018 Tantor

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  • E. Su
  • 11-06-2019

Inconsistent and odd accent by narrator

I tried this series out since I enjoyed some of the other books by this author. The narrator made it somewhat difficult to finish as her accent was odd and somewhat inconsistent. The accent was so odd that it was distracting from the story itself. I might read the subsequent books in this series, but I won’t be listening to this narrator again.

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  • Cate F.
  • 25-03-2019

Enjoyable and recommended

If you are like me and not a big fan of characters with magical powers, you may be as pleasantly surprised as I was by Dawn’s Promise. The story is well written and beautifully read. As a gardener, I loved that the garden was essential to Dawn’s own ordeal and growth. I look forward to listening to the next book in the series very soon.

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  • Memeke
  • 23-06-2020

It Was Promising...Just Didn't Deliver

What I liked about this book: 1. The atmosphere was wonderful. It was dark and creepy with a minor mystery shrouding the middle of its plot. I liked how I was reminded of a genuine gothic novel. Even the way architecture was described gave me pleasant chills. 2. I liked that Dawn was super into plants. You don’t get many plant heroines out there. What I did not like about the book: 1. The beginning of the novel started off very slow. I was hoping that getting through the first third of the book would be rewarding (after the non-stop talk of death) but right when events began to pick up…things got, er…weird. And not the good type of weird (which there are those types, I promise.) 2. Speaking of that not-so-good-weird, I won’t go into it, but that weird got very uncomfortable very fast with Dawn reacting to said weird in a manner that just didn’t sit well with me. 3. Dawn took waaaay too long in realizing what the heck was going on. There can only be so many times where someone can say “Hmn, must have been my imagination” right after something very tangible occurs in plain sight. Is Dawn perhaps a Skyrim NPC? 4. Dawn and, shoot…what was the love interest’s name? …anyway, Dawn and Love Interest shared very little chemistry. I could tell that Dawn liked him (oh boy could I) but I never got the sense from Love Interest. It was like he only “fell in love with her” because he was told to by the author. 5. Dawn gave into the idea that her father left her penniless way too quickly. She didn’t ask for proof or investigate. I understand that she was under duress (and she was ready to give into death for about a third of the book) but she seems inquisitive enough to have at least tried. Verdict: I really think that this book could have benefitted from removing the *super* supernatural from the plot. It could have been a brilliant gothic novel where the atmosphere plays tricks on Dawn to the point where she doesn’t know if it’s just her and her condition playing tricks on her, or if there are really paranormal creatures roaming around. As is, I got bored with the book dancing around the idea of elementals and other worldly beings. Bored and a little freaked out from that “weird” bit. Anyway, I don’t see myself listening or reading anymore from this author. It was just okay.

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  • Shh
  • 16-02-2019

Dawns promise

I have really enjoyed the Artifact Hunter series by this author so this was my next foray into her work. I have to say the storyline was ok it was a really slow burner. What I really struggled with was the awful pronunciation of the narrator. I will read the next couple of books in the series not listen to them!

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