(A late) Spotlight Saturday: Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

My apologies to all my followers for not posting my Fiction Friday or Spotlight Saturday this week. I went away for the weekend to a wedding, and although the apartment I was staying at had wi-fi, it was on a public setting and wouldn’t let me on wordpress. It did say some websites wouldn’t work on the public setting and it turned out wordpress was one of them.

To make up for this I thought I’d kind of combine Fiction Friday and Spotlight Saturday and bring you an up coming book by an Australian author that I think sounds really good.

Let me introduce you to Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth.
the wild girl

(I love the cover!)

In an interview with Elisabeth Storrs at her website http://elisabethstorrs.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/on-inspiration-interview-with-kate.html Kate describes ‘Wild Girl’ like this: ‘It tells one of the greatest untold love stories of all time – the heart-breaking romance between Wilhelm Grimm and the young woman who told him many of his most famous stories. Her name was Dortchen Wild, and she grew up next door to the Grimm family in Hessen-Cassel, a small German kingdom that was one of the first to fall to Napoleon. It was a time of war and terror, when the collecting of a few old half-forgotten tales was all the young Grimm brothers could do to resist the tyranny of the French. I hope you all read and enjoy it!’

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 Wikhelm 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.
Paperback, 538 pages
Expected publication: March 18th 2013 by Random House Australia, and a year later in the UK.

Doesn’t it sound good? I am intrigued. It sounds just like the kind of book I’d really love.

You can add it to your goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17283570-the-wild-girl

And everything will be back to normal next week.

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