They strip her naked, of everythingundo her whalebone corset, hook by hook. Locked away in Wildthorn Halla madhousethey take her identity. She is now called Lucy Childs. She has no one; she has nothing. But, she is still seventeenstill Louisa Cosgrove, isn't she? Who has done this unthinkable deed? Louisa must free herself, in more ways than one, and muster up the cour...more
Imagine 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 processing.
Disregard every freedom you have today. Those TBR piles? Gon...more
Es geht um Louisa, ein Mädchen vom guten Hause, die einen Traum hat: Sie möchte Ärztin werden. Sie ist begabt und klug, ihr Vater liebt sie und sie träumt von einer guten Zukunft. Als sie auf den Weg zu Freunden geschickt wird, ahnt sie nichts böses. Jedoch kommt sie nicht dort an, sond...more
If a cover is striking triggers something in me, I usually buy the book without reading the blurb,.I 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...more
And wow! It was so much more than what I hoped for.
What caught my interest in requesting it for a review were two specifics: the setting is both Victorian AND a mental asylum.
Can we all say YES PLEASE...more
Loisa Gosgrove (17) is sent to mental asylum. Her symptoms includes Excessive book-reading and study leading to a weakness of the mind. Desiring to ape men by nursing an ambition to be a doctor. Self-assertiveness in the place of male authority. Admitted in the Wildthorn by name of Lucy Childs to save her family from disgrace Loisa's fight for survival starts.
I'm not big romance fan but I really was rooting for Loisa and Eliza and would liked to read more about...more
This story takes place at an Asylum, for the most part that is. Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor's daughter and become a doctor herself (unheard of in those days). But her dreams become a nightmare when she is sent to Wildthorn Hall; labeled a lunatic, deprived of her liberty and even her real name. As she unravels those who've betrayed her and incarcerated her, she comes to know some of the patients and workers and even finds...more
In the beginning you're not sure if she really isn't mad, maybe it would have been more interesting if she was. The way she escaped from the asylum sounded a little too easy, and then she discovers she would have got out anyway.....more
The main character's father was a doctor, and she has always been interested in medicine and would like to be a doctor as well. In her time, and with her family, that is a seemingly impossible desire. Women were encouraged to look pretty, pay social calls, and give birth to children—not go to college and become doctors.
The book had, in my opinion, a very slanted view of the past. It was condemning the period for its lack of understa...more
Louisa is brought up...more
While 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 ignor...more
“ . . . a girl who studied too much would become ‘dogmatic and presumptuous, self-willed and arrogant, eccentric in dress, and disagreeable in manner.’” (Eagland 82).
Louisa Cosgrove is certainly not the average Victorian young lady. She entertains dreams of becoming a doctor, like her father. She spurns the idea that a woman must be married in order to be complete and happy. She dreams of a world where she is free to be herself. Sadly, in Victorian England, these fanciful ideas are enough to ca...more
That said, this book read SO smoothly. I had barely started before I...more
Lousia Cosgrove is leaving her home for the first time, escaping from the poor relationship she has with her mother, and going to work for a family she’s barely ever heard of. When her carriage takes...more
It focussed mainly on Louisa's misunderstood admission to Wildthorn hall, a...controversial psychiatric hospital. Whilst Louisa is not insane, and has never been, i found myself growing tired with her increasingly desperate raves about her sanity, and began to wonder if her family had actually done the right thing in sending her there.
For me this is on of thoe books where you can't wait for it to finish, and you only keep reading because you just...more
I found Wildthorn's premise and cover art intriguing. The novel itself left me with very mixed impressions. The author built an interesting, informative storyline around a powerful, admirable heroine. Setting and atmosphere portrayed in beautiful language captivated me until I couldn't put the book down. This novel boasts all the earmarks of excellent gothic romance and throws in a pinch of social commentary. Eagland's descriptive writing is well above average, compelling and lyrical.
The plot u...more
The first half of the book alternates between Louisa's past and present - and the flashbacks serve as a way to get to know Louisa better as a precocious y...more
They strip her naked, of everything—undo her whalebone corset, hook by hook. Locked awa...more
Louisa Cosgrove is sent away from her family to serve as a Governess, but she doesn't arrive at their house. Instead she finds herself arriving at Wildthorn an asylum for the mentally handicapped. She is told her name is Lucy Childs and that she is mentally sick. Louisa protests but the more she denies, the more the caretaker insists that her denial is proof of her illne...more
Louisa Cosgrove knows who she is. Though she dreams of being a doctor, she is going to the Woodvilles' to be a young lady's companion. She is not Lucy Childs, and she does not belong in an insane asylum...does she? Convinced that there has been a mistake, or a betrayal, Louisa tries desperately to find her way out of Wildthorn Hall. But things aren't always what they seem...and when the truth is unraveled, lives will be changed forever.
As someone who loves Victorian novels, I was...more