Start reading Wildthorn on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available
 

Wildthorn [Kindle Edition]

Jane EAGLAND
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: £3.79 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £3.79  
Hardcover --  
Paperback, Unabridged --  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: Up to 70% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Book Description

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: labelled 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 . . .

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Page of Start over
This shopping feature will continue to load items. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.

Product Description

Book Description

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: labelled 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 . . .

About the Author

Born in Essex, Jane Eagland taught English in secondary schools for many years. After doing an MA in creative writing, she now divides her time between writing and tutoring. Wildthorn is her first novel, inpsired by true stories of women who were incarcerated in asylums in the nineteenth century. Jane lives in Lancashire, in a house with a view of the fells.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330458167
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; 1 edition (6 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GGSTL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant historical fiction 18 April 2009
By Chantal Lyons VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Don't start reading this book if you have a bunch of important things to do. You won't get them done till you've read whole book.

The promise of feminist overtones against the backdrop of Victorian England, and a mental asylum, was what peaked my interest. I studied a little of the treatment of Victorian mental patients in Psychology but to read a book concerning the main character's unjust incarceration in an asylum was horrific. The hatred I felt for the characters responsible for the cruelty at the asylum, and for the ones responsible for sending Louisa to the asylum was scarily real. The unfairness of her situation had me so riled, I had to quickly read the end of the book to see if she had a happy ending (which I've never done before).

The story is relentlessly gripping, with the narrative switching between the present, where Louisa is at the asylum, and the past, where we are shown the events that led up to her incarceration. The author's prose was pleasant enough to read, though it is the plot and its characters that drive the novel and distract from anything else. It was not predictable; at first, I thought I had easily sussed out the person responsible for putting Louisa in the asylum, but I turned out to be wrong.

I recommend this book to all teenage girls, and to those who are older. A brilliant historical fiction.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 24 Mar. 2009
Format:Paperback
Louisa Cosgrove's trial and tribulations as she struggles to find out why she has been sent to Wildthorn make for a great read, I read the book in one sitting on a very long plane journey and was captivated until the end.

I have to agree with Dr Wynn and disagree with Fizz, there were enough twists to keep me guessing until the end, I had no idea as to the identity of Louise's captor until the final stages of the book, and the suspense as you wait to see if she will make her escape kept me on the edge of my seat.

For a first novel this one speaks volumes of the things to come from Eaglands future works, I wait with bated breath for the next!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A window into a different world 17 Mar. 2009
By Fizz
Format:Paperback
Reading Wildthorn has made me so grateful I was born in the 20th Century and not the 19th! I read the book in one sitting, and apparently even that could have got me into trouble as a woman in Victorian England.

I originally bought this book for my teenage niece, but have been unable to resist reading it first, partly to check the asylum scenes were not too scary, but mainly because I found it impossible to put down. I found Louisa's experiences of betrayal and incarceration an eye-opening window on the restrictions of Victorian society, and also enjoyed the book as a cracking mystery. I have now passed it on to my niece now, as I'm sure she will also enjoy it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing historical YA 21 July 2013
By Jo
Format:Paperback
Louisa Cosgrove is on her way to be a companion to the daughter of the Woodville family. However, when she arrives, Louisa is shocked to discover that she isn't at the Woodvilles', but at Wildthorn, an asylum for the mentally insane. Believing her to be a Lucy Childs, she is admitted to the asylum and locked in despite putting up a fight. The more she insists she is Louisa Cosgrove, the more the attendants believe she is mad. Determined to find out who is behind her treachery, Louisa fights to never lose sight trying to get out. At every corner she discovers just how deeply the betrayal goes, and just how difficult it will be to escape her ill treatment. There is only one person at Wildthorn she trusts, the only person who may be her way to freedom.

This isn't an LGBTQ story in that Louisa's sexuality doesn't play a hugely important role. Ths focus is on her incarceration at Wildthorn, why she's there, and how she's ever going to get out. The treatement of the residents is atrocious. There are some attendants who are nice or those that don't really care and so will let the residents do as they wish, but there are others who are so vindictive, so cruel, and take great pleasure from it. It's just awful!

Set in 1876, there are quite a few views about the role of women and how they should be living their lives, and a lot of this is shown through Louisa's flashbacks. There were so many times when opinions of many of the men, and even some of the women too, in the book - that women should stay at home, raising babies and looking after their husbands - really wound me up. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against women who are stay-at-home mums/housewives - it's something I would like to do myself if I'm able - but we have the choice to either stay at home or work.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wildthorn, Jane Eagland 23 Oct. 2010
By Amber
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
To start with, it took me a while to get into this book and because of this I was a little hesitant to continue reading. However, I am very glad I did continue, as this book was a truly great read in the end.

The story is set in the 19th century and starts when our protagonist, Louisa, is sent to an insane asylum. Louisa has no idea why she has been sent there, or who has sent her, and she spends a good length of the book trying to figure these things out. She knows that she is not insane, however it's up to the reader if they believe her or not.

The narrative takes us from the present day, back to the past to Louisa's childhood, and there we learn about how she has always wanted to follow in her father's footsteps and become a doctor. A female doctor was not seen as acceptable in Louisa's time and as we read various 'flashbacks' we see how Louisa struggles with being different to most girls, and not living up to her mother's expectations of her.

I thought that the plot was well thought out, and there were even a couple of twists, which I am not used to in a historical novel. I was very interested in the asylum and the culture of 19th century England, and Eagland managed to keep me intrigued throughout the novel. She painted a perfect picture of the era and some of the descriptions were so vivid I had to stop reading for a moment to take it all in.

The character of Louisa was very likable, and I felt able to connect with her easily. I felt so sorry for her being locked up in the asylum for no apparent reason, but she was strong and that is what gave me hope.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. As Jane Eagland's first book, I think she did a phenomenal job with it, and I will certainly be reading more of her works in the future.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but disappointing ending
Review: Louisa Cosgrove is on her way to live with a family her brother knows-or so she thinks. But when the carriage pulls up at a building too imposing to be a home, she is told... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildthorn.... Brilliant!
It is an incredible read full of betrayal, broken dreams, unrequited love and madness. I would recommend this to a friend. In fact I already have.
Published 17 months ago by Hannah Whitwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian love that dare not speak its name
I was surprised by the quality of the writing and the pull of the story. I would have read it in one sitting if I could. Read more
Published on 13 Mar. 2013 by Sph
4.0 out of 5 stars Wildthorn
A good read - this gives a terrifying insight into society's attitude towards women in the not-too-distant past. Good book club reading material.
Published on 15 Nov. 2012 by A. Midwinter
4.0 out of 5 stars Really very good.
I don't read much historical fiction but the premise of this novel intrigued me. People in Victorian mental asylum's were treated cruelly and inhumanly which is about all I know on... Read more
Published on 3 Aug. 2012 by Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
This book has been on my wish list for so long, I only wish I had gotten round to reading it sooner. I loved it! I really couldnt put it down and got through it very quickly. Read more
Published on 3 Jan. 2012 by KarenCad
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildthorn
Louisa Cosgrove is a 17 year old girl living in the Victorian era. She comes from a respectful family and has been brought up to be a lady. Read more
Published on 30 July 2011 by B. Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in one day. Fantastic book!
I read this book in two sittings and would have read it in one if I didn't have to go out for a while. Read more
Published on 29 Jun. 2011 by Ms. C. V. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
Louisa Cosgrove is on her way to be a companion to the sister of her brother's acquaintance. Her mother insisted she require a chaperone on the long carriage ride. Read more
Published on 7 April 2011 by TeensReadToo
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling historical drama for teens (of all ages)
Set in the 19th Century, 'Wildthorn' is the tale of a formerly independent (for the time) young woman called Louisa who bucked many of the conventions of the time in terms of her... Read more
Published on 3 April 2011 by Melanie Pratt
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
Historical romace suitable for 12 year old girl 3 21 Jul 2009
See all discussions...  
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
   


Look for similar items by category