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  1. Donna Donna says:

    Excessive study especially in one of the fair sex often leads to insanityImagine that's the norm Women reading? There must be something wrong with them Why would they want to study? They're not capable of doing what the men folk can do They don't have the brains for it They'd only overexert themselves Possibly twist their brains into incomprehension trying to process all of information that they could ever hope of processingDisregard every freedom you have today Those TBR piles? Gone The ability to read freely? Gone College? Gone You as a woman sorry guys are expected to do womanly things only and that certainly doesn't include a scientific education You want to be a doctor? Haha Silly girl Doctors are for dicksI wanted to read this book so horribly badly the second I found out about it simply because it's horrifying what happened to women during the Victorian era It was legal for people to stick chicks in nut houses because they were a burden they weren't acting properly they were moody Just think about that Your husband thinks you're being a little too irrational and it might affect his standing with his peers Well he's just going to send you to a place like Wildthorn to help you out a little Too bad their version of helping out was drugging you treating you like shit electrifying you binding you up and leaving you in a tub for hours You know cathartic thingsAnd don't think for a second that we wouldn't all meet each other in a place like that if the times were different All this reading? Cause for insanitySo going into the book my inner feminist was ramped up I've read about asylums from back then and I knew how horrible they were but you don't often hear stories from the patient's perspective The story starts and you don't know if Louisa really is sick or not The way she talks acts she seems perfectly fine True the insane don't really know they're insane but you're in her head and it doesn't seem so crazy in there The only thing that kept me legitimately uestioning her sanity was the name issue She was admitted as Lucy Childs but she kept insisting her name was Louisa Cosgrove That kept me uestioning for a long timeI also had to keep guessing at the incident that LouisaLucy felt got her locked up The closer the story got to the reveal the obvious it got and honestly I like the twist the story took at that point Without giving too much away it highlights an issue that I'm sure was thoroughly ignored during that time despite it actually being in existence And the relationship that was formed because of it was so endearing and loving it was hard not to get a little misty about itI was turning from one page to the next without wanting to stop What happened to LouisaLucy while locked away at Wildthorn was horrendous And to think that actually happened to many women is even horrifying You tried to defend yourself and you were considered even crazier and sent to an even crazier ward of the hospital where you were left to start uestioning your own insanity and your own reason So many women went into places like that totally sane and lost their minds to those institutions It's so sadThe plot itself is very stagnant If you're not at LouisaLucy's aunt's house or her own home you're at the asylum There's not too much action in terms of actionadventure but the trials that LouisaLucy went through were than enough for me Fighting for the very status of your own brain is a mighty feat and she never gave up even when her situation looked end of times bleak She's such a strong character and I think if only women were really as strong as she was they might have fared a little better Or maybe worse as it were unfortunatelyWhen the following things could have gotten a woman locked in a terrifying insane asylum without any recourse whatsoever facts indicating insanity observed by myself An interest in medical matters inappropriate for one of her age and sex; A neglect of appearance and personal toilet and wearing unsuitable clothing for a young lady of her status other factors indicating insanity communicated to me by others Excessive book reading and study leading to a weakening of the mind; Desiring to ape men by nursing an ambition to be a doctor; Self assertiveness in the face of male authority; Obstinacy and displays of temper; Going about unchaperoned to London alone in a third class railway compartment it's hard not to immediately sympathize with the main character when you yourself exhibit all of those characteristics It's hard not to sit there and have your heart break when you read what happened to this girl because she read a little too much; because she wanted to be a doctor I just connected with this book on such a personal level that I want to read it over and over and over againHopefully we've learned from history and these kinds of atrocities will never repeat themselves Let's hope it's forever relegated to compelling stories and no one will ever be able to describe what it was really like in one of those places Reading Wildthorn I could actually feel what it was like I had dreams about it It made me thank the gods I live in the time that I doRead this if you want an excellent historical fiction Read it if you want a compelling story about a girl having to deal with a situation far beyond her control Read it if you can even for a second imagine what it would be like to have all of your rights ripped away because someone couldn't be bothered with you Read it if you want an amazing story

  2. Richard Rider Richard Rider says:

    I meant to give this a four but I'm bumping it up to five I'm always curious about the reasons why people give one star ratings to books I enjoy but so many of these are because eww lesbians it makes me want to fucking spit What century are we in? I don't give a damn what genitals are in a love story as long as I believe the characters' feelings and the girls in this were just beautiful together So five to slightly make up for the idiotsFour originally just because it made me so uncomfortable but then again it's supposed to It's not a pleasant read most of the time it's bleak as hell The whole section set in the asylum is claustrophobic and horrible being set up by your scheming moneysociety obsessed family and sent to an insane asylum when you're not ill but the you try to convince the doctors you're sane the convinced they are that you're delusional That makes me feel ill just the idea of being wrongly incarcerated by people who WON'T LISTEN I feel sort of weird for being so into it as a story setting cough let me just recommend When the Music Stops by John T Fuller but I suppose I just like the fix it element of fiction being able to do what actual history often didn't and give at least some of these women their freedom back after they were locked up and drugged and abused for such shocking crimes as wearing unsuitable clothing for a young lady of her status NO or Excessive book reading and study leading to a weakening of the mind SCANDALOUS or Desiring to ape men by nursing an ambition to be a doctor Self assertiveness in the face of male authority Obstinacy and displays of temper Going about unchaperoned for example travelling to London alone in a third class railway compartment PASS THE SMELLING SALTS OH MY GOODNESSThe love story is such a contrast it's so tender and almost innocent It seems even lovely in contrast with the asylum bit and that seems worse in contrast with Louisa and Eliza It's a total emotional see saw going from one to the other and there are parts I still feel a bit up in the air about Aunt Phyllis should have had a kick in the teeth come on and I sort of wish it had been intended for adults rather than YA because I think there's a biggerdeeper story that could have been told but on the whole it was really well done these captivating characters in a real gutpunch of a situation and one of the sweetest love stories I've read in ages I'm glad I gave it a chance

  3. katie katie says:

    It's impossible not to compare this to Fingersmith both are Victorian young woman put in asylum lesbian love stories And while Wildthorn doesn't come close to matching Fingersmith in terms of complexity twistiness authenticity and pure brain consumingness that's okay I've only finished Fingersmith the once but I can see myself picking up Wildthorn again and again despite its flaws The woman with modern sensibilities in historical setting is about my least favourite kind of character ever I find her utterly uninteresting because I don't at all believe in her she's so rarely written well And Wildthorn suffers for following the standard path with Louisa although I liked that her drive was to study and become a doctor rather than to rebel because omg she has to wear a corset etc Although there was an omg she has to wear a corset part | I liked Eliza the asylum attendant much better She felt so wonderfully real by the end True and good and kind And her own rebellion worked perfectly I suppose it's like the Robin Hood stories where he's fighting against corruption in the system rather than fighting to change the system if that makes sense I much prefer the former My favourite part was the love story I've read in other reviews complaints about it seeming abrupt and coming out of nowhere but nope I thought it was lovely and believable than any of the asylum business to be honest

  4. Rachel Rachel says:

    Contains minor spoilersWhile I did find this book very easy to read from the smooth transitions to the depth of characters there were a few things that bothered me I'll start my nitpicking at the actual writing There were a fair amount of typos which if you know me is frustrating Things like Was I good child? or took if off and other such problems sometimes made me remember that I was reading someone's first novel instead of letting me get sucked into the story Okay So ignoring that fact I read this book very uickly trying to figure out who had put Louisa in Wildthorn The obvious answer was Tom and although by the end Louisa finds out the treachery goes much deeper than that it was still right Basically she ends up hating everybody for what happened except her parents and her unfortunate cousin GraceThe reason Louisa was put into the asylum is also not clear from the beginning but through flashbacks we find that she's a forward thinking girl who likes doing 'boy' things like doing experiments and she wants to be a doctor like her father While Papa is supportive no one else is When he dies her dream is basically crushed but she's still very defensive about itAs if this weren't enough Louisa is also a lesbian She had some crush on Grace before being put in Wildthorn asylum but obviously couldn't say anything about it And Grace got married to a guy named CharlesWhat bothers me about this is it seemed like the book was saying Because she's an independent girl she also must be attracted to other girls And it really has nothing to do with her being put in the asylum because no one but her knew about it Also as a warning to anyone who wants to read it there is a short nondescript sex scene between Louisa and another female character at the end

  5. Tara Chevrestt Tara Chevrestt says:

    I really enjoyed this but I can see how it may not be for everyone It's dark suspenseful contains some unattractive characters and touches on a touchy subject teen lesbianism in Victorian EnglandLouisa Cosgrove has a lot on her plate Her father has just passed away her mother is grieving her brother has gambled all his money away she has some abnormal feelings for her cousin Grace who is about to wed a pompous arse and she desires to be a doctor in time when women are expected to stay home and raise children As if all this isn't bad enough Louisa one day finds herself delivered to the gate of Wildthorn Hall a mental asylum What follows is intrigue and suspense as Lousia meets a young girl with a tragic past gets trapped in bathtubs has a tiff with a warden and finds herself incarcerated on ward five the worst place to be Meanwhile everyone insists she is Lucy Childs and she is most unsuccessful in her attempts to convince the hospital otherwise and get to the bottom of her incarceration Who put her there and why? The answers may hurt than the ignoranceCan she escape Wildthorn become a doctor and find true love with another woman? I liked how this novel brought up lesbian love I was surprised to find it in a young adult novel but I did like the twist Something different and a subject not often touched upon Five stars I'd like to see a seuel

  6. Daphne Daphne says:

    One last book I sueezed in in 2019 and I'm glad I did I've had Wildthorn on my list for years now and I'm glad i finally got around to reading it It was a very engaging story and I read it all in one day I did originally put it on my list because it's a FF historical romance but to my surprise that wasn't really my favorite part of the book at all It was sweet but I enjoyed the plot without the romance a lot tooAll in all a fun and engaging read

  7. Oz Oz says:

    I was wandering through Waterstones one day looking for new books to read See I’m a person who tends to buy a book by it’s cover The cover is the first thing I noticed What drew me in was the lovely woven Victorian corset with intricate details and a pretty font with a creative book titleIf a cover is striking triggers something in me I usually buy the book without reading the blurbI do though have to get a good feel of it by reading the first few pages Then I go on my merry way I like pretty book covers that’s my kick It may not be a good to ‘judge a book by it’s cover’ but it works for me I have found some pretty good books and dull ones this wayI started reading it and I have to say I enjoyed it Louisa Cosgroves is our 19th Century heroine She is determined and fierce to get her own way Which is what I like It helps to get the story moving when the character has something to fight for She wants to be a doctor like her father This is a time when it was virtually impossible for women to be anything other than a wife and a mother maybe a maid or a nurse It was awesome to read Louisa’s early years They really made me understand her betterShe is then sent to Wildthorn Hall an asylum She is betrayed by people she loved and thought she could trust She meets people she grows as a character Some characters came across as flat and as though their words were from Louisa’s mouth such as Tom Aunt Phyllis GraceThat is until we get to the end which I thought was a big let down For me it was resolved far too uickly it felt like all this growing as a character was all for nothing She reverted to her old ways of thinking A bit too happy too It felt like I was reading Sophie Kinsella after a whileThe subject of her sexual identity wasn’t thought about once maybe briefly but it was just a passing thought Which really needed to be addressed I thought It was a pivotal role in this character’s development This was a time when it was forbidden People were sent to mental institutions for this kind of thing as it was considered a mental illnessI know it is common practice these days for people to put prepositions at the beginning of sentences even in books I myself do it but I do find it highly irritating I try to avoid it When reading a book it tends to stop me in my tracks I also get irate when I read a book it uses prepositions correctly as a linking word but then it uses a comma by a preposition It is really unnecessary a preposition is there for the reader to give them a breather anywayOverall I was uite happy with this book and I give it four out of five stars Due to a few flat characters and a rushed ending which could’ve lasted another fifty pages I would like to recommend it for anyone who loves things that don’t adhere to social normalities

  8. Victoria Victoria says:

    This was very different This book had an interesting premise good historical detail of an asylum but a sidestory that kind of stuck out awkwardly It was a rather adult YA book though an entertaining fast read I think that the whole Grace part was a turn off Cousins If you don't mind The Godfather Part III then maybe this is up your alley It just made the narrator unlikable not to mention the fact that she basically just became a giant stereotype in the Victorian era education manliness so her sexual orientation played right into these sexist fears and clouded the whole message of the book Overall I was uite disappointed because the book sounded so much better than it actually turned out to be

  9. Chiara Chiara says:

    This was so gay

  10. Angela Angela says:

    In stories about mental illness I love it when authors can make me feel just as off kilter as the protagonist is uestioning what's real and what isn't pulls me into the story and I can't let go until I finally figure out what's going on In Wildthorn Eagland succeeds at this by keeping us in the dark about the protagonist's identity is she Louisa Cosgrove or Lucy Childs as the hospital staff insists she is? There's just enough mystery left about some vaguely traumatic incident that for uite awhile I was wondering if something terrible had happened that caused Lucy to create another personalityIll or not not being believed or taken at my word is one of my worst fears outside of stuff that can actually kill me Like bees No one believes anything Louisa says and in the 19th century before people were always carrying ID like driver's licenses around it's pretty much impossible for her to prove anything Poor girl If she wasn't crazy before being put in Wildthorn it's easy to see how she would be in short orderEagland paints an absolutely horrific vision of a 19th century asylum Abusive and untrained staff severely hinder the healing process for the patients thought curable Worse staff and egregious conditions condemn those thought to be incurable or just too difficult for other people to work with I have to say this might have one of the cheesiest cover taglines ever Treachery locks her away Love is the key Not only is it cheesy but it's rather misleading The cover would lead you to believe this is a love story but the romance doesn't start to appear until rather late in the novel and I almost wish it had never shown up at all Not that I'm ever going to say no to lesbian characters in YA lit but this one never uite range true While Louisa and her love are excellent characters Louisa's sexuality treaded dangerously close to stereotype territory she's an educated uppity young women in the 19th century of course she's gay As I'm a fan of stories that eschew the rule that all books need a romance I much would have preferred Louisa to be a solitary character who simply formed strong friendships and if readers wanted to read some subtext into those relationships I would totally encourage them

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Wildthorn ❰Epub❯ ➜ Wildthorn Author Jane Eagland – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 no 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 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.

  • Hardcover
  • 350 pages
  • Wildthorn
  • Jane Eagland
  • English
  • 13 July 2016
  • 9780547370170