|Journal Entry for June 24th, 2010
Read: Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
It’s fun to read and review a book before its release date. I feel like I get to share a secret with everyone – and this is a good one!
Wildthorn, by Jane Eagland takes place in Victorian England – a time of few liberties for women. Louisa, a smart and strong-willed seventeen year old girl wants to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a doctor. But, as everyone knows, too much reading can lead to insanity in women (this must be my problem!). Louisa’s mother would like nothing more than for Louisa to make social calls (instead of house calls) with her, find a nice husband and start out on the only fulfilling role a woman can take on – becoming a wife and mother. She despises Louisa’s love of learning and tomboy ways.
| On the other hand, Louisa’s father, a doctor, openly encourages Louisa in her studies and even takes her on his medical rounds. Other family members (and their opinions) are also important in the story – especially her beloved cousin Grace, her Aunt Phyllis and her wayward brother Tom.
The crux of the story comes when Louisa finds herself locked in an insane asylum for women. How did this happen? Why is no one looking for her? With a new name, how is she ever going to explain that she isn’t Lucy Childs, but Louisa Cosgrove? Although terrible and frightening, this incarceration gives Louisa the confidence to take on her life for herself. She learns that she is strong enough to follow her dreams – be it in her career or love.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It is being published as a YA novel, but I think it could hold its own in mainstream fiction. The writing is excellent and the story engrossing. I found I couldn’t put it down!
|If you have young girls, I would definitely read this first before sharing it with them as there are themes in the story that might be better for an older teenager.|
|I received Wildthorn from Houghton Mifflin Books for review from Netgalley. It will be released September 6, 2010.|
|Have you read Wildthorn? Leave your comments and a link to your review.|