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Publisher's Summary

The third installment of a bewitching series "brimming with charm and charisma" that will make "fans of Outlander rejoice!" (Woman's World Magazine).

New York Times best-selling author Paula Brackston's second novel in the Found Things series, Secrets of the Chocolate House, was called a "time-swapping romance [that] will please fans of Alice Hoffman" (Publishers Weekly). Now, Brackston returns to the Found Things series with a third audiobook, The Garden of Promises and Lies

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.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2020 Paula Brackston (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Totally hooked

Once I started listening I couldn't stop. I have found this series compelling listening and am totally hooked.

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Disappointing story

Faitfax was the arch nemesis in this story and a dangerous villain but the heroine was ill prepared to compete with him and her success was pure luck. There was a nice story of friendship but the rest was very disappointing and unimaginative and then a final paragraph cliffhanger suggesting another book.

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I am Addicted!

Cannot wait to see how Xanthe gets through this conundrum and what she learns next about her gift.

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Another wonderful book

I love all the characters and the ending ..... wow 😳

Can’t wait for the next installment

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excellent read

can't wait to read another book! What a cliff hanger of a ending. I need more...

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Awesome listen

I really like this follow on from previous “ Found things “ stories. Very well written and performed makes for easy listening and getting caught up in the story.

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Omg left hanging

Nooo don’t finish it like that
I need closure I need answers I need a great happy ending please

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  • 19-12-2020

Disappointed

Horrible ending not worth the credit , I did like the other 2 in the series. She cut the book short so she can do anther book . Frustrating !

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  • 24-12-2020

half a book

I pre-ordered this book. It turned out to be half a book. I wonder how long I have to wait for the rest of it.

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  • Hannah Desmond
  • 20-12-2020

The Garden of Promised and Lies, fantastic!

I’ve read all of the books in this series and book 3 doesn’t disappoint. The main character remains true to her personality. In this nook she has gained more confidence and is willing to risk trying new ways to spin through time. Her love interest gets more serious although she does put her new love in peril. I loved everything about this book. The ending opens the possibility of another faction of time travelers and there is no doubt another book follows The Garden of Promises and Lies.

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  • DeAnna
  • 29-05-2021

time travel fun

i love this narrator. and the story is fun and exciting. i tried to just read the second one after listening to the first and had to buy the second to listen. it wasn't the same. looking forward to more!

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  • Amanda Sasser
  • 22-01-2021

Book 3, cant wait for book 4!

Couldn't "put it down" loved the story from start to finish! Left off in a way there has to be another book after this!!! ❤

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  • Hollyb2
  • 05-01-2021

Good continuation in this series

I like these characters and was happy to see a third book in the series. And left me wanting to know what will happen next!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-2021

Wonderful series!

I’ll not give any spoilers because this book deserves to be enjoyed as it unfolds as the author intended.
I love the series—- but this is by far my favorite of the trio. My only complaint is I have to wait 6 months before the next one is released.
Love Love Love it!

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  • Sheryl Lawry
  • 10-06-2021

Such a delight!

Xanthe continues her quest to beat her nemesis, ending with another cliffhanger. I cannot wait for the next installment. Love the characters and the adventures.

Narrator is wonderful. One of my favorite.

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  • Anna Webb
  • 18-05-2021

wouldn't read it by itself

good thing it was part of a series or I never would have read it

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  • Robin Beltrami
  • 09-08-2021

Fantastic!

This is the best series I have heard, ever. While intricate and highly detailed, Ms Brackston did not lose me once. I listened to all three books in this series back to back. Regency dialogue was a bit rough, but the story was so good, and the narrator so superb, it was probably part of the story. A must listen!

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  • Anna Sylvester
  • 17-12-2020

What happened to the narrator?!

I loved the other books and couldn't wait for this one but the narration is awful! I only managed to get through half of the first chapter.
She speeds up and slows down all within the same sentence and I just couldn't listen to it any more.
It's a shame because the lady has a lovely voice but I think I'll buy the book and read it myself.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-12-2020

Horrendous Narrator !

Couldn't wait to download this book, as l thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series. HOWEVER, BUYER BEWARE ! THE NARRATION IS HORRENDOUS. Whatever possessed Audio Books to hire Marisa Calin to narrate this wonderful author's work ??? I only managed 10 mins of the whole book before l had to abandon it for good. I gave the book 5 out of 5 stars, as l'm sure l would have loved the story if they had hired a decent narrator.

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  • Ms. E. E. Bletso
  • 24-12-2020

Painful

I loved the other books and couldn’t wait for this one. However the first half of the book just recapped the last two books. Not enough story in this one, just got going at that was the end. Very disappointed.

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  • Heather Stratton
  • 28-07-2021

Just magical and fabulous

couldn't stop listening to it, so adventurous, so exciting....loved every minute, can't wait for more

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  • Linda Emhar
  • 07-07-2021

Gripping!

This is the third in a series of ‘found things’ stories. I have thoroughly enjoyed all three books and this was no exception, I just kept wanting to listen. My only complaint with all three stories is the narrator who style of narration is a bit annoying. If you can get over this, they are well worth a listen. These books intertwine modern day mixed with historical time travel. I loved these books

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  • Doncaster Belle
  • 01-06-2021

Another wonderful Paula Brackston story

initially found it a bit repetitive of Book 2 but then was drawn into this new story and couldn't stop listening I can't wait until the next one!

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  • Maricela
  • 20-05-2021

amazing!!

loved it. just a good story can't quite for book 4 to come out in November

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  • Gaelle Newland
  • 25-03-2021

Paula did it again

November 2021 is the follow up book, how am I going to wait so long.

Once again a fabulous adventure full or twist and turn. You never really what is coming and you want to know where you are going.

I found myself holding my breath many times, laughing and crying.

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  • Debbie Needle
  • 12-03-2021

Brilliant book!

Love this book and the other two before it. Xanthe has developed her Spinners skills and her feelings are growing for Liam. Just love the foresight of days gone by..... Hope she brings out another one.

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  • Gillian
  • 11-03-2021

Brilliant Series

Absolutely brilliant series. Loved every mi ute of listening. What a cliffhanger the end of Book 3 is!!! I only hope that Book 4 is not long in coming.

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