Friday, June 11, 2010

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland


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 more 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.
The cover of Wildthorn first cought my eyes, I love historical novels and the historical aspect of this one was amazingly done. The title also cought my eye.

Other than that, the book lacked in a lot of other places. I expected a lot and was thoroughly disappointed. It's hard for me to say this because I liked the book, just not as much as I thought. The characters are good and the premise is good. But the story drags a bit and only gets better later.

It did bring a few surprises, that's for sure. But other than that, it didn't have much to offer.

Louisa is a good character but often, her narration drags a bit. The best parts are the flashbacks which show a much more dynamic Lousia. I still liked her strong mind and determination.

Overall, I recommend going into this book without a lot to expect. It's a good book but not amazing.

In one sentence:
"While it lacks in some parts, good twists and turns keep the reader interested."

Plot: 3
Characters: 4
Writing: 4
Cover: 5
Overall Feeling: 3
Average: 3.8 stars

Review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

1 comment:

Lizzy said...

Thanks for the honest review! The cover was what first caught my eye. I may still give it a try, just go in not expecting an amazing story.


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