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“The Night Gardener” by Jonathan Auxier takes place in the late 1800’s during the Victorian Age in England.

“The Night Gardener” by Jonathan Auxier takes place in the late 1800’s during the Victorian Age in England. The book is about two siblings, Molly and her brother Kip who are orphans. They go to an old English Manor to work as servants for the Windsor Family. The manor isn’t a normal one though. A curious curse that threatens the residents’ lives makes them deathly pale. There is also a tree on the property that grants any wish you make in exchange for one drop of your soul.

On their way to the Windsor Manor for the first time, Molly and Kip meet Hester Kettle, an old story teller. She tries to convince them to go back where they came from when they ask her for directions to the Manor. Finally, in exchange for directions, they agreed to tell Hester a story about the Sourwoods where the Windsor home is located when they see her again. In just a few weeks, they will already have some very interesting stories to tell Hester!

This was a very unique book because it’s spooky, tense, and mysterious. I liked this book because the plot was well planned and the characters were described with detail. I rate this book ages 9+ because of its creepy content. I give it four stars out of five because of its confusing language like “I dinna know” for I don’t know. This is your one warning: BEWARE OF THE NIGHT GARDENER.