I know many of you love reading retellings because let’s face it, who doesn’t? Today I am here to help you discover a new retelling: THE WILD GIRL by Kate Forsyth, which is a retelling of the life of the famous Grimm brothers, written in an unique way. Read on for my review and make sure you enter the giveaway to win a copy of THE WILD GIRL!
The Wild Girl
Author: Kate Forsyth
Genre: Adult, Romance, Historical
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Growing up in the small German kingdom of Hessen-Cassel in early Nineteenth century, Dortchen Wild is irresistibly drawn to the boy next door, the young and handsome fairy tale scholar Wilhelm Grimm.
It is a time of War, tyranny and terror. Napoleon Bonaparte wants to conquer all of Europe, and Hessen-Cassel is one of the first kingdoms to fall. Forced to live under oppressive French rule, the Grimm brothers decide to save old tales that had once been told by the firesides of houses grand and small all over the land.
Dortchen knows many beautiful old stories, such as ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The Frog King’ and ‘Six Swans’. As she tells them to Wilhelm, their love blossoms. Yet the Grimm family is desperately poor, and Dortchen’s father has other plans for his daughter. Marriage is an impossible dream.
Dortchen can only hope that happy endings are not just the stuff of fairy tales.
First Sentence: ‘Wild by name and wild by nature,’ Dortchen’s father used to say of her.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
What I Liked
I love how The Wild Girl went in depth with the history of Napoleon and his journey on conquering the world – or at least, trying to. While Dortchen was growing up, we also get to watch her and the people she know experience the different parts of Napoleon’s reign: his fight and win with Austria, his takeover of Hessen-Cassel, and the way he changes Hessen-Cassel and other countries. Usually, I would be bored reading this part of history, especially history periods that don’t have any major wars, but Kate Forsyth managed to pique and keep my interest on all things Napoleon.
Kate Forsyth is really good at pulling emotions. At first, I thought I wasn’t that into The Wild Girl: I felt a bit bored with everything that was currently going on until something happened that completely freaked me out and put my emotions all over the place. That was really surprising since I thought I wasn’t invested in the book to feel that much, but my feelings proved otherwise. All I can say is, get ready guys for your emotions to be constantly tugged in different directions – it’s going to be one wild ride.
What I Didn’t Like
I could automatically tell that the romance played a huge part in The Wild Girl once I read its synopsis. I only hoped that I would be sold on the romance and will end up cheering for both Dortchen and Wilhelm to get together despite the horrible odds they faced. However, I sadly wasn’t sold on the romance: Dortchen fell in love with Wilhem at first sight when she was ten and was in love with him every since. That was a little hard for me to take seriously. I felt no sparks between them besides a small amount of friendship, so when Wilhelm proclaimed his love for Dortchen, I was stunned to say the least, even though I was expecting it since the synopsis of The Wild Girl says they will fall in love.
Fans of the fairytales the Grimm Brothers wrote definitely won’t be disappointed by The Wild Girl.
Her books for adults include ‘The Wild Girl’, the love story of Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world’s most famous fairy tales; ‘Bitter Greens’, a retelling of the Rapunzel fairytale; and the bestselling fantasy series ‘Witches of Eileanan’ Her books for children include ‘The Gypsy Crown’, ‘The Puzzle Ring’, and ‘The Starkin Crown.’
Kate is currently studying a doctorate in fairytale retellings at the University of Technology, Sydney.
One winner will receive a finished copy of THE WILD GIRL/span> by Kate Forsyth, courtesy of St. Martin’s Press! Giveaway is open to US only!