The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth audiobook

The Wild Girl

By Kate Forsyth
Read by Kate Reading

Blackstone Publishing 9781250047540
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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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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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…Strongly recommended for fans of historical fiction.” Library Journal (audio review)
“Forsyth tells the true story of Dortchen Wild, source of many of the most beloved fairy tales compiled by the famous Grimm brothers…a beautiful and often heartbreaking love story that is sure to move and captivate.” Booklist (starred review)
“[A] richly imagined tale of the girl who gave the Grimm brothers some of their best stories…Ultimately, this novel inhabits the ground between Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel. It is both entertaining and serious-minded, but it has about it too that little touch of magic that makes Kate Forsyth’s voice so distinctive, so uniquely Kate. An absolute pleasure to read.” Kim Wilkins, author of Angel of Ruin
“Against an intricately crafted tapestry of early nineteenth-century German daily life and tumultuous, tragic historical events, the story of star-crossed lovers Dortchen Wild and Wilhelm Grimm unfolds with a kind of dreamy, haunting precision.” Sophie Masson, author of Moonlight and Ashes
“In the bleak pages of history, Forsyth finds a story of enduring love and artistic integrity—her retelling is a fairy tale in itself.” Kirkus Reviews

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by DND 9/13/2017
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The Wild Girl is a wonderful story about the Brothers Grimm fairytales and where they came from. The setting for this novel is dark and gloomy, adding to the fairytale theme and Napoleon’s march across Europe. Kate Forsyth did an amazing job interweaving historical fact with her fiction. Kate Reading did a wonderful job narrating; her voice is a perfect match for Dortchen’s character. A wonderful read for anyone who enjoys dark fairytales, historical fiction, and beautiful writing.

Author

Author Bio: Kate Forsyth

Author Bio: Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at age seven, and has since sold more than a million copies. Her books include Bitter Greens, a reimagining of “Rapunzel” which won the 2015 ALA Award for Best Historical Fiction, and the collection of feminist fairy-tale retellings Vasilisa the Wise & Other Tales of Brave Young Women, which came in second in the Fairies and Folklore category of the 2018 Readers Favorite book awards. Kate has a doctorate in fairy-tale studies and is an accredited master storyteller.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 17.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English