Early Review: Wildthorn by Jane Eagland

Published: Sept 6, 2010
isbn: 0330458167    (isbn13: 9780330458160)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Acquired from: NetGalley


Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor’s daughter. But her dreams become a nightmare when Louisa is sent to Wildthorn Hall: labeled a lunatic, deprived of her liberty and even her real name. As she unravels the betrayals that led to her incarceration, she realizes there are many kinds of prison. She must be honest with herself – and others – in order to be set free. And love may be the key…

My Thoughts:

First of all, this is my kind of book.  I love historical fiction and this one was no exception.  I wasn’t sure what to think of it because I’ve heard so little about it, but once I started reading I couldn’t put this book down.  

Imagine if you could be called insane just because you like to read and want to be a doctor.  Because you like to learn, and you study.  Because you are curious and explore things around you and take things apart to see how they work.  And all because your a girl.  And then someone betrays you and locks you up in an insane asylum because of it.  

The description pretty much lays the story out for you.  Through out the beginning, and perhaps past even the middle of the book, we are brought back to the events leading up to this current point in her life.   I spent time time trying to unravel the mystery of who could have betrayed her and sent her to the asylum.  I wasn’t exactly correct in my assumptions, and found plenty of twists and turns.  

One thing that some may or may not like is the romance in this book.  It’s not exactly lacking romance, but it’s not of the conventional sort.  Some may dislike it.  But I found myself liking it and I thought the way it was portrayed showed the time period and how things went.  But lovers of the traditional romance may not be so impressed.

This was a book that as I read it I was constantly searching for the words I would use in my review.  How I can properly describe the amazing-ness of this fantastic book.  I still find myself lacking words to truly describe the emotional ride this book sent me on.  I was sent on a twisting roller coaster that was gut wrenching and emotionally taxing.  But I loved every minute of it.  And once I finished I immediately called my mother so I could talk about it.  I just couldn’t NOT talk about it!  You seriously need to preorder this book NOW!

I now know that I will ready anything and everything Jane Eagland has wrote!
You can find Jane on her website.

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  1. Love the review! I haven’t read the book yet but I’ve had it on my Kindle for weeks (except right now I’m without a Kindle), so I’m thinking it’s not preorder. It wasn’t when I got it, unless you’re not in the U.S.?

  2. Wow! I am excited to read your glowing review of this one! I look forward to checking it out. I seem to be on a historical kick lately & am intrigued by the insane asylum aspect of Wildthorn. Also, that cover is gorgeous! :)

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