She's called by a different name and treated as if she's insane. Only later she finds the terrible truth--that's she's been betrayed for refusing to follow the norms of her society. She's determined to escape. But will she?
This is an amazing tale of what happened to women that didn't follow the norms of Victorian England. The author shows us a teen who finds herself in a insane asylum and the horrors that faced young women at that time. I can't even imagine what it must have been like to be told that reading and studying too much would lead to a weakening of the mind. Or for a woman to be discouraged from being anything else than a mother and wife.
Louisa is determined and stubborn in her refusal to bow down to others even when locked in the insane asylum. She's also not afraid to be true to herself especially with her attraction to first her cousin Grace then later Eliza.
I loved the details and lush descriptions in this novel. I cringed at some of the ways so-called doctors 'cured' those who they claimed were mentally ill. The scene where Louisa finds herself in the Fifth ward is especially intense.
Haunting and engaging, this extraordinary tale is one that I'm sure we'll be hearing more of! A must read to those who love historicals and great tales.
The lesbian angle was interesting too. Finding LGBT fiction for teens can be difficult; I took a course on young adult resources and in the week on this topic, we had no books about lesbians. This book fills a gap in teen literature and does quite a good job of it. Eagland does not shy away from the topic, nor does she overdo it. The story manages to be sweet and serious, a solid, slightly more deep than average teen read. It also has a beautiful cover!
Recommended if you like Sarah Waters, since this seems much like a teen version of Fingersmith.
Louisa doesn't understand. She isn't crazy! She knows who she is! She is Louisa Cosgrove, an independant young woman with a head on her shoulders.Which is exactly why her mother always seemed disappointed.... And her father seemed so happy.
Take an amazingly twisty ride right alongside Louisa as she fights for her freedom and life. An amazingly accurate and deep tale with interesting turns awaiting in every chapter
The way it's written