Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Friday, 16 August 2013

Book Beginnings (9) - The Wild Girl - Kate Forsyth



Gilion at Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays

The idea, as stated on the host's blog, is 'to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.' There's a hash tag #BookBeginnings for twitter etc too, and a master linky list on the host's blog. I've got a couple of books on the go at the moment so I've just picked one out to mention here.



My Book Beginning


The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth


Published by Allison & Busby

'"Wild by name and wild by nature," Dortchen's father used to say of her. He did not mean it as a compliment. He thought her headstrong, and so he set himself to tame her.'



I am so excited about reading this book! I read Bitter Greens by this author, earlier this year, and it was a great book, so I have been anticipating this new book with great relish; it sounds wonderful, and the other blog reviews I've read so far have been very positive too. Also, as with Bitter Greens, isn't the cover gorgeous?! I'll be reviewing The Wild Girl on 21st August  here on the blog as part of the book tour.


Here's the synopsis:

The Wild Girl interweaves the true story of Dortchen Wild, the girl who loved Wilhelm Grimm, with the fairytales she told him as they grew up together in war-stricken Germany.

A beautiful and dramatic love story, Dortchen Wild was the source and muse for many of the Grimm Brother’s compelling fairytales such as Rumpelstiltskin and Hansel & Gretel. As Napoleon’s war rages on, the Wild family and the Grimms battle poverty, ill health and the loss of loved ones, bound together by the magical fairytales they created and that still resonate today.

22 comments:

  1. I love that cover! I think I have that title on my want-to-read pile but that opening is really intriguing. Hope you enjoy it, have a lovely weekend :)

    My Friday Book Memes

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    1. Thanks for commenting, it is beautiful isn't it! Hope you had a great weekend too :)

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  2. I love this - what a beautiful cover.

    I must get a copy :)

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    1. I'd love to read what you think of this one Josie, if you do read it.

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  3. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did, Lins. :-)

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    1. Thanks Treez, it's a lovely read isn't it! :) Glad you liked it so much too.

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  4. Ooh, that is a good first sentence.

    'The local cops kept staring at me' - Spirit And Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore.

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  5. This one sounds good! I always hate to read that someone is trying to tame a spirited girl....thanks for sharing.

    Here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

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    1. Thanks for commenting, it is a super read!

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  6. I like the sound of this one...and of Bitter Greens. Thanks to you my TBR list just got bigger...LOL!

    Here's my Friday post:
    http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/08/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings.html

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    1. Always glad to add to TBR lists Catherine! ;) They are both super books.

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  7. It is just as good as Bitter Greens, hope you are loving it :)

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    1. I'm really enjoying it Sam, and was so glad to read your comment and your review.

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  8. Just seen Treez review on this, looking forward to yours lovey

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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    1. Thanks Lainy. Treez's review is fab, so glad she liked this one.

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  9. I am going to have to add this to my book wish list. The cover is gorgeous and the first line really grabs your attention. Visiting from Book Beginnings.

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    1. It's so striking isn't it, really gorgeous. Thanks for visiting!

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  10. Am sure you will love this title from Forsyth too Lindsay.

    You might be interested in this guest post by Kate at my website where she gave us a behind the scenes look at how she came to structure The Wild Girl the way she did.

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    1. Thanks for commenting Joanne. Over to look at the guest post now, thanks!

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  11. Is "Bitter Greens" the prequel of "The Wild Girl"??? I'd like to read the wild girl but I don't know if at first I have to read Bitter Greens

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