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The Wild Girl

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The Wild Girl

One of six sisters, Dortchen Wild lives in the small German kingdom of Hesse-Cassel in the early nineteenth century. She finds herself irresistibly drawn to the boy next door, the handsome but very poor fairy-tale scholar Wilhelm Grimm. It is a time of tyranny and terror. Napoleon Bonaparte wants to conquer all Europe, and Hesse-Cassel is one of the first kingdoms to fall. Forced to live under oppressive French rule, Wilhelm and his brothers quietly rebel by preserving old, half-forgotten tales that had once been told by firesides of houses grand and small all over the land.

As Dortchen tells Wilhelm some of the most powerful and compelling stories in what will one day become his and Jacob's famous fairy-tale collection, their love blossoms. But Dortchen's father will not give his consent for them to marry, and war, death, and poverty also conspire to keep the lovers apart. Yet Dortchen is determined to find a way.

Evocative and richly detailed, Kate Forsyth's The Wild Girl masterfully captures one young woman's enduring faith in love and the power of storytelling.

One of six sisters, Dortchen Wild lives in the small German kingdom of Hesse-Cassel in the early nineteenth century. She finds herself irresistibly drawn to the boy next door, the handsome but very poor fairy-tale scholar Wilhelm Grimm. It is a time of tyranny and terror. Napoleon Bonaparte wants to conquer all Europe, and Hesse-Cassel is one of the first kingdoms to fall. Forced to live under oppressive French rule, Wilhelm and his brothers quietly rebel by preserving old, half-forgotten tales that had once been told by firesides of houses grand and small all over the land.

As Dortchen tells Wilhelm some of the most powerful and compelling stories in what will one day become his and Jacob's famous fairy-tale collection, their love blossoms. But Dortchen's father will not give his consent for them to marry, and war, death, and poverty also conspire to keep the lovers apart. Yet Dortchen is determined to find a way.

Evocative and richly detailed, Kate Forsyth's The Wild Girl masterfully captures one young woman's enduring faith in love and the power of storytelling.

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  • Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven and is now the bestselling, prizewinning author of more than thirty books. She won five Aurealis Awards in a single year for her Chain of Charms series and has been voted one of Australia's twenty favorite novelists. Forsyth's books have been finalists for other awards, including a Cybil Award in the United States, and have been published in fourteen countries. She lives with her husband in Sydney.

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    January 1, 2016

    Forsyth (Bitter Greens) tells the story of Henriette "Dortchen" Dorothea, wild muse to the Grimm brothers, in this absorbing novel. Dortchen grew up in Hesse-Cassel, a small German kingdom, during the Napoleonic wars. One of six daughters of a brutal father and a laudanum-addicted mother, Dortchen escapes the horrors of her home life by visiting her neighbors, the Grimm family. By sharing old folk tales with the two oldest brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm, she is able to recognize parallels between the stories and her own life. The book is interspersed with familiar fairy tales that listeners will recognize and appreciate. Kate Reading is the perfect narrator for this saga, giving the heroine a sympathetic voice without making her seem weak. VERDICT Strongly recommended for fans of historical fiction. ["This intriguing look at a little-known historical figure has definite appeal for fairy-tale aficionados": LJ 6/1/15 review of the St. Martin's hc.]--Deb West, Gannon Univ., Erie, PA

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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