[EBOOK / KINDLE] The Crimson Thread A Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin AUTHOR Suzanne Weyn
Rating 4 Mysterious StarsSometimes a little sugar is all you Need T "You Think PrincessSometimes To "Think PrincessSometimes To Myself A don t you think princessSometimes to give myself a of a breather take in those fondly remembered times of my childhood when fairy tales became nearly believable and there was always a touch of enchantment that just might happen And happily most of the time I find those old old tales to be just the thing to lift me out of a funk This time the choice was a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin titled The Crimson Thread The setting is almost the modern world nineteenth century New York City in the slums where newly arrived immigrants learn the hard way that the streets are not always paved with goldFor Bridget O Malley ever since her mother has died and famine has stalked Ireland she has tried to mother her family taking care of both her father and her siblings But in spite of all of the hardships she still has her dreams of success But mixed in with all of the hope there are some obstacles to overcome most notably the prejudice that many have towards the newly arrived Irish A stranger Ray Stalls turns out to be very helpful befriending Bridget now calling herself Bertie Miller to be acceptable with small presents and almost courting her in his charming way When the opportunity comes to work as a dressmaker s assistant Bertie finds herself making an outlandish deal with Ray for his help in crafting a sumptuous ball gown for a wealthy merchant s daughter But as with all rashly made promises there is a terrible price underneath the wordsThe Crimson Thread is a sweet and whimsical retelling of Rumpelstilstskin that turns the old tale around completely It reads like a historical fiction novel than a fairy tale and gives a fairly accurate depiction of life for Irish immigrants in New York City along the way with a dash of the glitz and glamour of the life of the obscenely rich The pacing of the book is slightly slow at the beginning but then evens out uickly making this regrettably short read fly by The characters are engaging and varied and the magical elements are very light so much so that it allows readers to speculate as to whether there is any magic at all but Weyn doesn t divulge any secrets She manages to create an air of improbability within the story mirroring Bertie s own uncertain circumstances which leaves the reader to always wonder what will happen next But Weyn doesn t disappoint and through some clever wordplay and neat plotting brings the story together in a romantic and satisfying endIn the end I found The Crimson Thread to be a clever direct read witty and page turning retelling with a nice subtle magical element And even though I tend to like my fairy tales to have well fairies I highly recommend Suzanne Weyn s different refreshing approach in The Crimson Thread In this non magical retelling of the classic Rumpelstiltskin author Suzanne Weyn has instead given the reader a story set around an immigrant Irish family freshly arrived to the slums of 1880 New YorkWhile a clever idea it is sadly mediocre in its execution The characters are all rather shallow and underdeveloped making it difficult to follow the story that is mostly a narrative telling rather than a descriptive showingThe men in the family are all selfish and self serving and basically abandon Bridget to work and support the two smaller O Malley children Bridget or Bertie as she is come to be nown is extremely na ve in her behavior making her an unbelievable and unlikeable characterRay Stalls though supposedly a critical character for the story only makes brief appearances and is for the most part forgotten again distorting the original role of the character until he is a mere shadow of his dastardly namesakeFull of historical inaccuracies the inaccurate and exorbitant price charged for yarn to name but one the story is very slow to start made all the frustrating by the juvenile phrasing dragging the reader along until its abrupt and unfulfilling end From start to finish The Crimson Thread is a rather flat under whelming read that I wouldn t recommend for anyone over the age of 132 out of 5 stars 25 starsBertie immigrates with her family from Ireland to New York City in the 1880 s Trials and hardships abound as the family struggles to find andr eep employment they deal with sickness financial problems and Finn is angry at Paddy their father for casting aside their Irish heritage and trying to be all American Her father finds work at JP Wellington s mansion for himself and one of the boys He also manages to sweet talk his way into getting Bertie a job as a seamstress there Bertie does the best she can while enjoying the work She meets the handsome son of the textile tycoon Mr Wellington and there is a mutual attraction I liked James okayish up until he proposed and then I was all Wait a second You like her cause she s pretty It s the ginger hair Gets the guys every time without failand because she can design and make pretty dresses Wow shallow much Not much Much too muchI like Bertie. 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.
Suzanne Weyn Í 7 READ & DOWNLOADAnd her brothers Finn Seamus and Liam Paddy Not So Much He Causes His not so much He causes his so much trouble without a care in the world He is than willing to separate the family He lies his way into getting whatever he deems necessary regardless of how it will affect his family And poor dear Eileen I like her though she doesn t have much of a character When Paddy makes a promise that Bertie nows she is unlikely to be able to eep she takes the offered help of Ray Stall the euivalent of a stalker to help her with the dresses His obsession with her is a little odd but I mean Rumpelstiltskin That whole story is ueer Bertie is astounded by the beauty of the dress that Ray has created
As Are Her Employers They Demand Ofare her employers They demand of radically beautiful designs She agrees But when her and Ray fight and she refuses to pay him for his help with a iss he demands her first born child Bertie being rather an idiot in this instance agrees but finishes the dresses by herself realizing that they in no way compare to Ray s creations She awakes to find her efforts replaced with gorgeous designs that could only have come from Ray Time passes and Bertie accepts James offer of marriage and moves down to Georgia taking darling Eileen as well More time passes and nothing too much happens Then Bertie realizes that she can t marry a man who is a drunk a cheating cheater and doesn t actually love nor does James respect her Finally Bertie I would have ran the other way when he proposed There is a strike at the Wellington s factory and Bertie gets nocked out She awakes to find that Eileen is gone She hears tell of Ray being seen taking Eileen and heading for New York so she goes home The ending felt forced and rushed like the author was trying to think of something that would work before a deadline and was just Ray I took Eileen because I didn t see you and didn t bother looking around Oh also the whole take your firstborn thing That was just a joke Sorry about almost giving you a heart attack Bertie I was stalking you because I love youBertie Oh that s all right Ray And I love you too Excuse me Oh wellThe epilogue was probably my favorite part of the book to be honest It was cute and tied in Rumpelstiltskin George and Maria a thousand times yes Overall I enjoyed this one and recommended it but I still think the ending felt like a first draft It needed a wee bit of work This author was completely out of her depth in her attempt to write from a historical perspective I don t care if the book is for young adults you still do your research The inconsistencies were so glaring and numerous that I lost track A single yard of thread did not cost 1 in 1880 I checked wholesale price for 3 yards of embroidery silk in 1896 was 5 cents Oops Hard candy did not come individually wrapped in 1880 Oops A child about to turn 4 years of age is not a toddler and they do not typically speak in the broken sentences the author portrays Oops One yard of thread cannot possibly embroider a design down the entire length of a dress and a cape mind you this is NOT magical thread Oops And on and on and on The writing is mediocre You ve heard of show don t tell right and don t even get me started on the unlikely resolutions throughout And when oh when will writers and publishers stop dishing out books for this age group that overlay modern sentiments and behaviors in period tales It s sloppy and condescending Young adults deserve writing that is not only accurate but intelligent as well If all this weren t enough we re treated to a very weird prologue and epilogue from ueen Avriel of the Fairie Folk that doesn t figure in anywhere in the book I m betting someone s editor thought there wasn t enough fairy in the fairy tale so voila instant fix Hey who said there was no magic in this book Recommendation give this one a skip SUMMARY 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 exuisite 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 seriousREVIEW I found this retelling very interesting Rather than being in a long ago time in a land faraway this retelling takes place during the late 1880 s and early 90 s when women of wealth spent all their time thinking of nothing but the latest fashions It gave this old fairy tale a delightful and totally unexpected twist This original fairy tales was somewhat creepy but Weyn turns it into an excellent historical read pullin. 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 exuisite evening gowns with the help of Ray Stalls a man from her tenement who uses an. ,