This ravishing winner of the ALA's William C. Morris YA Debut Award is a fairy tale, spun with a mystery, woven with a family story, and shot through with romance.
Miller has always scoffed at talk of a curse on her family's woolen
mill, which holds her beloved small town together. But after her
father's death, the bad luck piles up: departing workers, impossible
debts, an overbearing uncle. Then a stranger named Jack Spinner offers a
tempting proposition: He can turn straw into gold thread, for the small
price of her mother's ring. As Charlotte is drawn deeper into her
bargains with Spinner-and a romance with the local banker-she must
unravel the truth of the curse on the mill and save the community she's
always called home.
My Review: 8.5/10
This high of a rating usually means that this is
something i will want to read again and again. not the case here. part
of me wishes i had never started reading it to begin with. despite a
happily resolved ending filled with hope and a bright future, with the
skeletons of the past peacefully buried, the story is riddled with
sinister and violent happenings. the creepy tone that seeps forth from
the pages was too all-consuming.
elizabeth bunce did an amazing
job with the story telling and i agree with her that this is a much
better rendition of rumpelstiltskin. but the stories i read latch
themselves firmly on to my being, and it is my nature to prefer novels
with more light than darkness, more humor than despair and more hope
than fear. to anyone who does not share my easily affected constitution,
i would recommend this book.
i disagree with ms bunce as well as
many other reviewers regarding the names. i know that in history a lot
of people did get their last names from their professions, and this
certainly helped me to remember who they were quicker, but i didnt feel
that these direct names gave them strength or made them more solid.
quite the contrary, i felt that it made them seem more indistinct, like
vapor; most of these names, i will not remember or think of again.
rosie, and randall are all characters worth knowing and growing
attached to. and the messages of honesty, family, forgiveness and
justice are all themes we could do with more of in our lives.