Book Review: The Wild GirlAuthor: Kate Forsyth
Published: March 2013
Genre: Adult Fiction
The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
Dortchen Wild fell in love with Wilhelm Grimm the first time she saw him.
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.
My Two Cents
PLEASE READ MY REVIEW BEFORE YOU PUT THIS ON YOUR TBR LIST!! After reading the book description I knew I had to read The Wild Girl. But while I loved this heartbreaking story of love, there were several things the book description did not prepare me for. Here's what you should know before you journey into this book.
1) Dortchen suffers abuse, both sexual and physical from her father. I was not prepared for the sexual abuse and to be quite honest it was so awful I almost put down the book. Sometimes it was graphic. So if you cannot stomach this, then do not pass go, do not collect $200 and Do Not read this book.
2) Other than some short fairy tales told in the book, there are actually no fairies or magical creatures in The Wild Girl. Rats. I was kind of hoping for some elves or witches!
3) This book is actually historical fiction and Forsyth has done her research to re-create the story between Wilhelm and Dortchen. Read the authors notes at the end. You will be amazed!
So now I believe you can make an informed decision whether or not to read The Wild Girl. And I promise if you can make it past Dortchen's terrible father than you will be rewarded with a very sweet love story worthy of Juliet Marillier, but without the fantasy aspect. I highly recommend The Wild Girl, 4.5 out of 5 stars. The only downside to this book is it's really hard to get your hands on. It's not in electronic print or available from Amazon directly. So if anyone wants to borrow it, give me a holler!