Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was amazing! I felt the entire spectrum of emotions as I poured through the pages of Wildthorn: longing, frustration, indignation, rage, love. Eagland captures the ignorance of the time period perfectly.
The dangerously male-dominated medical field in Victorian England was one in which any show of strong emotion or independence of thought displayed by women could be interpreted as instability or insanity. (Unfortunately, this ideology persisted well into the 20th century).
Louisa, a smart, academic, and strong-minded young woman has a difficult time living in a world that doesn't respect female intelligence. She longs to be a doctor, like her father. However, through the schemings of others, she winds up a victim of this very same profession. BUT-Louisa isn't a woman to underestimate.
This book is a tribute to the spirit of women that took us out of oppression and into a more equal society. It is also a testament to the gay rights movement which is still fighting for the equality they deserve.
This book should be in any Young Adult collection and can be enjoyed by people of any sexual orientation. Eagland beautifully conveys the message that love is love. Love saves us from the darkness in this world.
My only criticism of this book is that I found at least 4 typographical errors- so a better editing job needs to be done on the reprint.
I give this book 5 stars- for making me cry, making me feel, and gluing me to its pages.
Interest Level: 13 and up