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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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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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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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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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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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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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Loved it!

Can't wait until the next book comes out in November!! Each book in this series is fantastic. The narration was also excellent. Now I just need to find some other books by this author.

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Officially over it

Xanthe has become intolerable. She’s time traveled a time or two, and now she’s decided she’s the best that’s ever been. She needs no advice, and will selfishly put those that care about her in danger so they can see how cool she is. She hasn’t evolved as a person at all. The other characters are boring and say the same lines every time they are brought into the fray. I spent the majority of my time rolling my eyes, zoning out and fast forwarding.
The breathy narration has begun to grate. Xanthe doesn’t sound like a city girl, band mate, ex convict. She sounds like she grew up homeschooled, only allowed to leave home for Sunday school and tea parties and giggles when she takes a sip of beer. I’m not listening to the 4th book. I honestly don’t care what happens to any of them.


SPOILER ALERT- Liam figured falling through time would be more enjoyable than another day with miss prude.

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Loved it!

Can’t wait till the next one. November is too long to wait. Definitely didn’t disappoint.

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amazing

i'm ready for book #4! I'm invested in these characters now and can't wait to see where it goes.

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So enjoyable

I’m up to date on all three books. Can’t wait for the next one, ugh not till November. Oh well worth the wait. I will admit I don’t like hearing God’s name taken in vain or the F word. That surprised me considering swearing isn’t usually in your stories. Narrator is always excellent, just the right inflections to the story line. All in all good reads
Thank you, keep them clean please

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  • 12-17-20

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
  • 12-29-20

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
  • 12-24-20

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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  • Gaelle Newland
  • 03-25-21

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
  • 03-12-21

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
  • 03-11-21

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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  • Ranjiv Sharma
  • 02-25-21

Can’t wait for the next instalment

I’ve read all three so far and have found this one to be the best in the series. Waiting until fall to know what happens next seems so far away.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-22-21

Need to know more!

Really enjoyed listening to all three books in this series. Please Paula Brackston don’t leave me on edge for to long. I really do need to know more. It’s been brilliant!
Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-22-21

argh write more quicklyyyyy

i cant wait for the next one!
Brilliant and enthralling as usual.
10 out of 10

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  • zippy
  • 02-15-21

Enthralling

Another pure delight from the first word and always leaves you wanting more , looking forward to seeing what happen next!!!

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  • Erica
  • 01-04-21

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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  • Karen
  • 04-08-21

Another wonderful book

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

Can’t wait for the next installment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-21

excellent read

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

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-12-21

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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  • Catherine
  • 01-07-21

Omg left hanging

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