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Wildthorn [Kindle Edition]

Jane Eagland
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Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove thinks she is being shipped off to a grand country house to be a Lady's Companion. But the truth is far more sinister. Louisa has been incarcerated in an asylum for the insane - and she has lost everything: her beloved Grace, her family - even her own name. Now the only way out is to unravel the treacherous plot that led to her imprisonment. But will the truth be too terrible to bear?

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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 . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330458167
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; 1 edition (3 Jun 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GGSTL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant historical fiction 18 April 2009
By Chantal Lyons VINE VOICE
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 24 Mar 2009
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!
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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
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveted right up to and beyond the last page 12 Mar 2009
By TimO
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Having experienced hospitals/homes for "people with learning difficulties and severe learning difficulties" (as a consultant Architect - and likely to be booking my place!), I was drawn to the synopsis of Jane's first novel. Initially I found the style to be uncomfortable, until I realised that she has used different writing styles to accurately communicate the different moods and feelings that the principal character experiences. From that moment on, I let the style dictate how I reacted to the prose and was riveted right up to and beyond the very last page.
I read from Louisa Cosgrove's perspective (just as the novel was written) and how the many twists and turns impacted on her.
Descriptions of the horrendous conditions that Louisa experienced were vivid but not laboured. The injustice that Louisa felt was meted out by the various characters and the changing suspicions that she had through the twists and turns were described intensely as the action proceeded and not reflectively, allowing the reader to get 'inside her head'.
Perhaps I'm completely outside of what previous reviewers describe as the target audience, but I found Wildthorn to be an excellent, well-researched, well-written novel. (Looking forward to the film?)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild and thorny issues 10 Mar 2009
An excellent, well written tale that explores not only mental health, but issues of female independence and sexuality that are as relevant now as they were in the 1800's. Miss Eagland has an easy writing style, which is fluid and draws the reader in; the characters are well developed and true to life and the story clips along at a cracking pace. Unlike one of the previous reviewers, I found the plot to have sufficient twists and I certainly did not predict the identity of the real culprit. All in all, a great read that should appeal to a wide range of readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing historical YA 21 July 2013
By Jo
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.
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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 2 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 6 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 16 months ago 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 20 months ago 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 24 months ago 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
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