Can anyone suggest a relatively gentle linear algebra text that integrates vector spaces and matrix algebra right from the start? I've found in the past that students react in very negative ways to the introduction of abstract vector spaces mid-way through a course. Sometimes it feels as though I've walked into class and said "Forget math. Let's learn ancient Greek instead." Sometimes the students realize that Greek is interesting too, but it can take a lot of convincing! Hence I would really like to let students know, right from the start, what they're getting themselves into.

Does anyone know of a text that might help me do this in a not-too-advanced manner? One possibility, I guess, is Linear Algebra Done Right by Axler, but are there others? Axler's book might be too advanced.

Or would anyone caution me against trying this, based on past experience?