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I cant wait to read Day's Patience. Feb 28, Valerie Walker rated it did not like it. Dawn's Promise is one of those books that could have been great, but a single plot point just destroys the novel. Right up until the third act the book was quite enjoyable, but how a scene of terrible trauma was handled just made me recoil in horror.

Her one outlet is gardening and spending her days with her beloved plants for company.

Dawn is raised Dawn's Promise is one of those books that could have been great, but a single plot point just destroys the novel. Dawn is raised with the grim expectation that her parents will outlive her, which is why the shock of their unexpected deaths joins her grief and despair in losing them to a tragic accident. Few jobs are available for women of the 's, and fewer still are options for a woman of frail health.

After many job refusals and her home soon to be sold out from under her, Dawn manages to find work as a gardener through a wanted ad in the paper. At first, Lord Japer Seton wants to send Dawn away when he realizes his assumption that she was a man proves false. However, Dawn argues that the ad stated the job would be given based on merit, not on gender.

This argument - and the fact that the train that brought Dawn to the estate would not return for another week - convinces Jasper to allow Dawn a trial run of seven days to evaluate if she's good enough for the job. Turns out, the reason Jasper was looking for a gardener wasn't just because the landscape of his estate is in dire need of renovation, but because he and his family are magical beings called Elementals that are being tormented by an Elemental from a rival family.

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The plot from this point is a bit too complicated to fully cover brief summary, but essentially this woman - Ava - represents the "heart" of the estate because she tricked Jasper's brother into giving her the position. She then killed and drained the life out of him before using her power to trap Jasper on the grounds of the estate.

In her attempt to seize more power, Ava grew large, black vines covered in thorns that do far more than kill the plants growing on the grounds the estate. Their true purpose is to kill the family's sacred tree - the Ravensblood tree - which would in turn kill Jasper and his family. The only way to save the family is for the "heart" to be replaced.

Dawn, who discovers that she too is an Elemental, has a chance to replace Ava and save Jasper's family. She has also been falling in love with Jasper in the short week she's been on the estate; though she struggles - rightly - in deciding if her feelings of interest towards Jasper are truly love. A mysterious magical vine called the Cor-vitis has been appearing whenever Dawn and Jasper have skin-to-skin contact, and apparently this means the two are soul mates destined to be together.

Ava learns of this somehow and seeks to drive Dawn away by This is the point where the promising story went into a sudden free-fall. Dawn is lured into the center of the maze where the Ravensblood grows, and then Ava - who at some point over the years turned into an evil tree-woman - calls Jasper to her. Because Jasper is an Elemental, he can turn into a gargoyle, which he does now both to fly to Ava and to attempt to battle with her. He loses that fight when Ava calls the vines to entangle him and hold him captive. Then, while Jasper struggles to fight back or escape, she rapes him in front of Dawn.

However, Dawn does not see this union as rape, but evidence of Jasper secreting loving Ava and only pretending to love her. The reader is then subjected not only to Dawn feeling sad and heartbroken for lost love in the next two chapters, but the whole scenario is written as if we are meant to feel sorry for her. I cannot comprehend why the author would think Dawn is the character readers should feel bad for.

Dawn may be a sheltered virgin woman from the 's, but even in that time period virgin women are not idiots. Any adult would be able to recognize the struggle and fight Jasper puts up against Ava demonstrates that something is wrong. Just because you add sex into the mix does not make what's happening turn into a sudden confusing mystery. Even if it is possible a woman from the nineteenth century would not believe her own eyes, no one reading this book is from the nineteenth century.

No modern reader would mistake rape for consent in this scene, yet the author spends an agonizing amount of time trying to make the reader feel sorry for poor, heart-broken Dawn. To make things even worse, when Jasper is forced to clarify to Dawn not only that he has been raped, but that he has been repeatedly raped by Ava over the past years, Dawn never apologizes for the way she treated him when she thought he was lying to her. Instead, the issue is treated as though Jasper should be sorry that he's been the victim of Ava. While he does explain that he ultimately yields to Ava to prevent her from summoning Jasper's nephew and raping him instead, this does NOT turn his actions into consent.

After this terrible scene and the terrible way this plot point was handled, reading the rest of the book was like pulling teeth.

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It ends with Dawn and Jasper getting together, they defeat Ava and kill her rather brutally by chopping her tree body into pieces and then setting her on fire, and finally there's hint of there being controversy in the death of Dawn's parents, leaving room for a sequel. The author of this book clearly has talent in writing a story. Characters have very good physical descriptions as do the various settings the story takes place in. Dawn especially was a well-developed character, and her continual thoughts circling the idea of death are both sad and understandable for someone in her position.

However, the story itself is where the flaws appear. After the way Dawn was written to respond to Jasper's rape, nothing could redeem this book. Honestly, the way everyone was written to react to this attack was horrifying.

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Jasper even says to Dawn after she had "forgiven" him that "It is enough that you do not hold events against me. Aug 05, Anna rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy , romance. A young woman with a fatal heart condition is tragically orphaned when both of her parents are killed in a carriage accident. She is also destitute from her father's poor investments and has no alternative except to work for her living. Her poor health will not permit her to take on any job that is physically taxing and no one will hire her for the job she is most qualified for: gardening.

After numerous rejections, she draws up plans for a garden layout and sends them off with a job application letter. She deliberately chooses to omit all mention of her gender, identifying herself only as "D. To her surprise, she receives a train ticket and a letter in response, accepting her for the position of head gardener to a very old and neglected estate.

I feel as though it would have been a better book if it had contained less fantasy and more realism. Dawn Uxbridge was born with a fragile heart and not expected to make it past her teen years. Now in her twenties, she finds herself alone and penniless after a tragic accident takes the lives of her parents. Armed with her love of landscape and gardening, she accepts a position as the head gardener at a remote manor in historical England.

Yet he is drawn to Dawn and gives her Dawn Uxbridge was born with a fragile heart and not expected to make it past her teen years. Yet he is drawn to Dawn and gives her one week to show progress on his unruly gardens. As Dawn spends time on the estate, she suspects the problems with the garden are not earthly in origin, and her new employer may be more than he appears. After just one week, Dawn and Jasper find themselves in a fight of good versus evil, with more at stake than the survival of the garden.

Combining a sweet historical romance with unique fantasy, the story is reminiscent in feel to the Chronicles of Narnia. It is whimsical yet dark, exploring the fanciful secrets hidden within the landscape. Dawn has lead a sheltered life, understanding very little of the adult world and romance. I loved watching Dawn explore the mysterious world around her, both learning to live and also trying to solve the mysteries hidden within the maze of the garden. The narration started very whispy, weak, and hushed. But as the tempo and location of the story changed, the dreamy wistfulness became more solid and excited.

At first, the narration seemed annoying, yet in hindsight, it truly fits the tale. Sarah is an ideal fit for the naive and sheltered Dawn; growing and changing with Dawn, yet always maintaining the gentle and nurturing quality of her character.

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I truly enjoyed my foray into this unique and interesting world. The story and narration had a whimsical feel. It build methodically, the vines weaving together and pulling the story together. I look forward to listening to the next story in Ms. Jan 27, Terri Wilson rated it it was amazing. Readers talk about one-click authors. These are the authors that you want to one-click on Amazon, no matter what their book is about. For me, A. Exley is one of those. As you may have noticed from my reviews, she pops up a lot. And with good reason. She is awesome.

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I love the way she thinks and her passion for each of her books. There are two reasons I love her books; her character development and world building. This book is hands above fist, my favorite. It is incredible. I read it in two da Readers talk about one-click authors. I read it in two days and completely forgot I had a family. In fact, I was so engrossed in this book, I forgot there was a world outside of this strange garden. Her descriptions of various garden plants and flowers fascinated me.

I can't even imagine the amount of research that went into this. While everything may seem a bit up in the air, it is likely you will look back on your school leaving as one of the best periods of your life, before the realities of everyday life and paying bills come into play. In school, I was blissfully unaware of how to financially navigate the real world — I had to work this out for myself.

APR, insurance and overdrafts were like a foreign language to me, and it seems I was not alone. According to a recent study , more than a third of people wish there had been lessons in school on how to budget, a further third would have appreciated classes on the importance of insurance. I wish that before I left school somebody had told me to stop worrying about what the future held and to make the most of the present time. One tip I would give to school leavers is to use summer holidays and spare time wisely. Research has shown that students who have a gap year achieve more highly at university than students who enter university straight after school and mature age students.

Having worked in a number of different countries it is true, travel really does broaden the mind. Do something that will enrich your life and that will take you out of your comfort zone. Employers will always look favourably on the efforts taken by go getters who have gone out and done work experience. Work experience or volunteering is a great way to network and exposes you to a range of core workplace activities, including teamwork, communication skills and how to use your initiative. If I could give my year-old self any piece of advice over and over again it would be not to be scared of rejection.

Getting job rejections can be emotionally difficult and frustrating but it can also be a useful springboard to reassess your goals. There are many different pathways to get to the same destination. You can look at alternative pathways.