Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wildthorn - A Review

Wildthorn - Jane Eagland (Netgalley)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Format: Hardcover, 350pp
  • Sales Rank: 305,681
  • Age Range: 12 and up


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.

My thoughts:

I don't often read historical novels but every once in awhile something draws me into one. I can honestly say, the cover of this book is what pulled me in. There's just something about it that makes you want to open and explore the story within and I'm glad I did.

This book started out with a heck of a hook. You have one character saying she's someone and all these other people saying she's someone else. Your immediately drawn into the mystery of Louisa Cosgrove. Is she or isn't she Louisa?

The story continues on leaving the reader grappling for clues and information. I wanted to believe her but at the same time, I was afraid she was really mad. Great storytelling!

Wildthorn is such a devastatingly horrible place and my heart ached for all the characters committed there. Such atrocities happened within those walls. All those poor girls! I just wanted to throttle the staff there. Makes you stop and think for a moment.

I will say, I had a bit of a hard time with the dual storyline going the majority of the book. It was like reading two books at the same time. A little distracting but in the end I think it really adds to the book.

Author's Website: Jane Eagland


Irene said...

Thanks Zia. I love historical fiction, other than murder mystery, it's my preferred reading genre. I appreciate your review.

Raspberry said...

Thanks - it's on it's way to me right now from amazon, since no library in my entire state has it or is getting it!
I understand the alternating storylines, how that can drive you nuts but after the big picture of the ending you think maybe you liked it better that way.
Anyways, great review.

Jo-Jo said...

This sounds like quite an amazing novel and this is the first I have heard of it. So thanks for bringing it to my attention!

jewelknits said...

What a great review! I love historical fiction, so this is going on my Good Reads list to buy!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

jewelknits said...

Oh my gosh! You got it from Net Galley! Awesome! It's going on my list there (once I get done with the ones I have to finish already!)

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

It sounds like I would LOVE this book! I am putting it on the top of my list!!! You did a great review!