Jane Eagland, September 2010. ¬†Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove thinks she’s on her way to be a paid companion for a rich friend of her family’s, but when her carriage arrives at her destination, it’s an insane asylum – and the staff won’t believe anything she says. They think her name is Lucy Childs and that her insistence otherwise is only proof that she belongs at Wildthorn.

After the initial shock is over, Louisa spends her days plotting her escape and trying to figure out how she got locked up in the first place.  It takes her longer than it will take the reader to figure this out, but the trip is fun.

Louisa also realizes, along the way, that her crush on a female cousin was just that, and that the only person who can help her move on is Eliza, one of the guards. The romance feels a bit superfluous in the way that heterosexual romances often do in stories that don’t need them. I guess this is the lesbo version of that. You’ll root for the couple anyway.

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3 Responses to Wildthorn

  1. SJ says:

    So basically it’s Fingersmith? :(

    • Daisy says:

      It does have that “not me, I don’t belong in this asylum!” thing going on. Also reminiscent of _The Woman in White_.

    • Kathryn says:

      I just saw your comment (in fact, just saw this site), and I’d like to throw my 2 pence in if that’s alright?

      It’s not really like a Sarah Waters book beyond the historical aspect. There’s not a lot of commentary or discussion of lesbianism, there’s not a lot of discussion of the social acceptability of a lesbian relationship. It’s basically two girls who just happen to fall in love, although one of them does do a bit of soul-searching at the start.

      It’s not really that graphic, either, but it can be quite distressing.

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