Written by: Jane Eagland
Release date: March, 2009
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.
Wildthorn was a great historical novel that left me thinking of a life in the Victorian era.
Louisa Cosgrove is a believable and realistic character. From the start I really liked her and that continued trough the story. She never gave up on her dream and despite family members telling her she could not she still hung on that woman could be doctors. She was also naïve. Her brother treated her like an enemy and still she confided in him. But one thing that stood out the most was her strength. Even in the hard times at Wildthorn Hall she never truly gave up on the hope that she would get out of there, a true fighter.
The other characters in this book are also really great. Especially Eliza. Eliza was very determined and sweet. She was a great friend to Louisa at Wildthorn and helped her as much as possible.
Each chapter begins with the present time in the 1800 and then switches back to a memory Louisa is having of her childhood. In those memories we get to know her family and the way she was brought up. I thought this was a great way to find actually out who possibly could be the person who put her at Wildthorn. It had me turning pages rapidly and blaming everyone I thought it could be.
Jane Eagland is a fantastic writer. Her descriptions of London are so in details described that it’s not hard actually to think you are there. She has done a great job researching life in the Victorian era and especially woman in that period. From what I know about it, it is spot on.
”Buy it, borrow it, steal it but just make sure you read it.” Wildthorn is a wonderful novel about a young girl who has to deal with the consequences of not being the perfect woman in the 1800s.
(On a personal note) At college we learn a lot about the 1800’s, but it’s mostly about little children who where put to work at factories. We never spoken about the woman in this time. I already have made a list of books that I want to read about woman in the Victorian era and I defiantly will use some of it in my intern classes. Thank you Jane Eagland for getting me excited in the Victorian era again!