Anyway back to The Wild Girl. I LOVED THIS BOOK! Below is the tweet I wrote right after finishing it.
I love books that make you feel a wide range of emotions. I want to go on a roller coaster ride from start to finish and most of all I want the characters to be human. Kate is a natural born storyteller and never fails to deliver on this front. Her characters always have substance and are flawed in such a way that it makes them fundamentally human. I have seen writers try to give characters flaws to achieve this humanity before but it often comes off as forced and the reader can see right through it.
The book tells the story of Dortchen Wild who told Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm many of the folktales that went into their collection. It is a story about love; true love that can overcome the harsh realities of life and blossom even in adversity. At times the material is quite dark and Kate herself has said that there were moments when she was writing the book that she would have nightmares and just have to get the dark scenes written so that they would get out of her head so she could move past them. However even in those dark moments, when Dortchen is faced with hurdles that seem insurmountable and it appears all hope is lost; like a fairytale the light shines through the dark and she she claws her way back to the surface.
I cannot recommend this book enough. If you like historical novels, have a fascination for fairy tales and the people who told them, or enjoy tales that lay the darker aspects of what it means to be human bare then read this book.