Review 15. Suzanne Weyn - The crimson thread.

The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin"Suzanne Weyn - The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin".
Pages: 256.
Published: October 27th 2009. (first published June 17th 2008)             
Publisher: Simon Pulse.

ISBN: 1416959432 (ISBN13: 9781416959434)
Serie: it's part of the 'Once upon a time' serie, written by several authors.
"Once upon a Time" Is Timeless.
The year is 1880, and Bertie, having just arrived in New York with her family, is grateful to be given work as a seamstress in the home of textile tycoon J. P. Wellington. When the Wellington family fortune is threatened, Bertie's father boasts that Bertie will save the business, that she is so skillful she can "practically spin straw into gold." Amazingly, in the course of one night, Bertie creates exquisite evening gowns — with the help of Ray Stalls, a man from her tenement who uses an old spinning wheel to create dresses that are woven with crimson thread and look as though they are spun with real gold. Indebted to Ray, Bertie asks how she can repay him. When Ray asks for her firstborn child, Bertie agrees, never dreaming that he is serious....

Bridget, an Irish immigrant, is a lovely girl. She gets the name 'Bertie' to blend in more, but her red curly hair shows her real roots. Her father is quite certain about her skills, so he gets her a fancy job; making clothes for a rich family. Eventually, Bridget is very good at making clothes, but she's not as skilled as the boy who calls himself 'Ray.' Her works provides a lot of money for the family, but it also brings her a lot of trouble. She ends up alone with her younger sister Eileen and she doesn't know what to do.

Then Ray, who always pops up when she's not expecting, is there. He saves her butt the whole time. (He's so cute. I like how weird and different he is!) During a strike, Bridget gets a blow on her head and she falls unconscious on the floor. When she wakes up, her sister is gone and the family who is taking care of her, doesn't know where Eileen is. After a couple of days, Bridget finds out that Ray has her sister and she is afraid that he has claimed the girl as his reward (for making a couple of dresses)

I like how she made a very original story about Rumpelstiltskin and how nice it ends. Happily ever afters are the best.


  1. I have never heard of this book, but it sounds really good! I love fairy tale retellings, so I've added this one to my TBR list! And thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

  2. This is one of the few books from the Once Upon a Time series i haven't read yet, and reading your positive review just made me want to read it more! :)


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