Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn - ADVISABLE

Weyn, Suzanne The Crimson Thread (a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin), 207 p. Simon, 2008.


New York, 1880. Bridget and her family are frsh off the boat from Ireland and in need of jobs. After a few false starts, Bridget's Da finds her a position as a dressmaker's assistant at the same mansion that he works at. Unfortunately, Da's boasting ways put the newly renamed "Bertie" in a predicament, when he brags that she can create a beautiful dress in just one night. Even though Bertie is not sure what price she will have to pay, she accepts to help of a mysterious young man who always seem to be close by.

Without referring to dwarves or magic, Weyn weaves a magical tale about the nature of love and human kindness. I love the creativity of the authors involved in the Once Upon a Time series; I never get tired of reading their different permutations of these classic tales. I wish I were half as clever.

Cindy, Library-Teacher.

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