Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce.
Published: March 1st 2008.
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books.
Sort: Stand alone.
Charlotte 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.
This book was close to a DNF. I was really looking forward to read it, since there aren’t so many Rumpelstiltskin retellings. I saw on Goodreads that a lot of people liked it. I might expected too much from the story, but I was so bored!
Charlotte Miller and Rosie Miller are taking care of their woolen mill after their father’s death. There are rumors about a curse, but Charlotte is to earthly-minded to believe in ‘such nonsense’. They are having a hard time; they are broke and they lose a lot of workers. Things are looking better when they Uncle Wheeler arrives, brother of their deceased mother. That is until he decides it’s better for them to get married. Business is not meant for women, but Charlotte isn’t ready to give up yet. That’s why she accepts Jack Spinners offer. Now it’s only a ring, but Jack won’t be satisfied with jewelry for long.
This book started all right. I liked the stubborn Charlotte at first. She was willing to do anything to keep the mill in the Millers family – except taking help from the right people. When Charlotte is married to a guy, she refuses to tell him anything. She doesn’t want to loan any money from him, so she decides it’s better to offer anything he wants to the unknown Jack Spinner. Sounds like a great plan girl! She really started to get on my nerves. But at least something happened after that deal, because I was. so. freaking. bored. The only thing that happens is: Charlotte denying the curse, some accidents and a lot of I’m-not-going-to-sell-the-mill discussions with uncle Wheeler.
So no, this book wasn’t something for me at all. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t give it a try if you like the sound of it. Go to Goodreads and look at the other reviews, they are all very positive. It just didn’t work out for me.