Sunday, August 1, 2010


Author: Jane Eagland
Publication Date: September 6, 2010
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Copy provided by: Book it Forward Tours
Summary (via Goodreads):

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: labeled 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...

Why I read this: It looked like an intriguing plot for a YA Historical Fiction novel.

Plot: Louisa finds herself at an institution for the insane. She's a woman of class who has no idea why she has been sent to Wildthorn Hall - under a different name no less. The book spends some time flashing back to the past events of Louisa's life and what had led her to where she is now. It's a mystery and romance and a fascinating novel.

Characters: I wasn't quite sure what to expect of Louisa as I was unsure if she was truly crazy or not. The flashbacks really give you a glimpse into her character. I also wasn't quite aware that this book would have a GLBT theme to it - which was lovely and such a beautiful relationship arises from the novel.

Relatability: Genre-wise, I'm used to the time period, which helped me solve the mystery before it was truly revealed.

Cover Commentary: Absolutely lovely.

Rating: 5/5 Roses

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  1. I loved it. I do love that Victorian time period. And, I loved the relationship that developed as well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. This sounds really, really good plus, I love the cover! Thanks for the review, this is going on my list

  3. This looks like a really good book, and how you gave it so much praise makes me really want to read it! Thanks for the awesome review!

  4. Victorian period and this kind of writing sounds very different and interesting.

  5. I have this one on my wishlist, so I'm glad you liked it :)

  6. Oh wow! I have this and haven't read it! I'm going to have to pick it up soon. Great review!

  7. Thanks for reviewing. I already have this in my tbr pile!!

  8. I liked but not loved this book. Great review!

  9. I've heard some relatively good things about this book. I do like historical fiction and this sounds like an interesting take on this era.

  10. If you like the sound of this book then check out this singer whose theme is in the victorin era, her name is Emilie Autumn. She is not the proper victorian gal.She also worte a book about a girl in a insane asylum mixed with her story. You should check her out! She sing many song so if one is not your cup of tea she has many diffent falvor! =) check her out o youtube!!


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