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Wildthorn by Jane Eagland is a young adult romance set mostly in a Victorian era insane asylum. The setting is original as is the plot. The characters are portrayed in fairly ordinary terms and could be richer. Unfortunately for me the style of the writing did not rise to the same level as the idea behind the book. I found it a difficult book to finish and can't recommend it. The book does address a few topics that are not usually seen in books for this age group but the mystery falls sadly flat. I have to give this book a 3.

Book Blurb for Wildthorn

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. 

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2010 3.00