Release Date: September 6, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Netgalley.com
My Rating: 4 Stars
They strip her naked, of everything—undo her whalebone corset, hook by hook. Locked away in Wildthorn Hall—a madhouse—they take her identity. She is now called Lucy Childs. She has no one; she has nothing. But, she is still seventeen—still Louisa Cosgrove, isn’t she? Who has done this unthinkable deed? Louisa must free herself, in more ways than one, and muster up the courage to be her true self, all the while solving her own twisted mystery and falling into an unconventional love . . . Originally published in the UK, this well-paced, provocative romance pushes on boundaries—both literal and figurative—and, do beware: it will bind you, too.
I don’t read historical fiction nearly as much as I should, and Wildthorn proves that. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this book. I had heard good things about it, but I still had a few doubts. Those doubts were quickly smashed after I started reading.
Wildthorn is the story of Louisa. Raised in a time were women were meant to stay home and raise children, the odds were against Lou from the very beginning. Her father always encouraged her to read and study, but that will be the very thing that puts her in the madhouse.
Louisa was such a strong character from the very beginning that I never had any doubts about her sanity. She was likable and easy to relate to. She will have you on her side in no time.
The romance in the book came as a bit of a surprise. Not an unwelcome one, because I had no problems with it. It was a sweet romance that will capture hearts.
Overall, Wildthorn by Jane Eagland was a fantastic read. I only have teeny tiny complaint, the pacing was a little slow in the beginning, but it really picks up in part two and you will turning pages so fast you will get a breeze! I recommend it!