Elyse has lost everything; her parents, her family home, and the town where she is loved and respected. When she arrives in a new community, she must prove her skills as a seamstress by creating an elaborate gown overnight. In the moment when she doubts her ability to complete the task, a mysterious stranger with a talent for tailoring and a penchant for damsels in distress appears. Elyse could never imagine that accepting his assistance would send her on a journey that would end in the arms of a prince. Golden Gown is a blending of the classic fairy tales Rumpelstiltskin, and The Shoemaker and The Elves that will touch the hearts of all of its readers.
What a fun twist on the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale! I've enjoyed reading various other re-tellings of fairy tales, so I was excited to give this one a try, even though it's not one of the more well-known stories. It's always interesting to see what the author will do with the story. Elyse and her Aunt Lydia made a good team, both with their skill at sewing, and looking out for each other with the various trials they had to go through. I am a VERY slow sewer, so I was amazed at Elyse's ability to sew such beautiful dresses so quickly. There is sort of a love triangle going on between Elyse, Gil and the Prince. I was assuming that one of the two men would turn out to be the "bad guy," (because there definitely is a bad guy in Rumpelstiltskin) but it took me a while to figure out who it would be. I did figure it out before it was revealed, but that's ok. I really enjoyed this story and highly recommend it.
I've never understood the fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin, but for some reason I really enjoy re-tellings of it. The Golden Gown is no exception to that. I found it to be a really enjoyable fairy tale. I will admit that at the beginning I really couldn't remember which fairy tale it was supposed to be, and I kept going back and forth between Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin. I thought maybe she had mashed the two together. It wasn't until later I realized Boucher did mash two together, just not the two I was thinking :) I'm not familiar with the Shoe Maker and the Elves. I guess I need to brush up on my classical fairy tales.
Elyse is a great character to come know, and her Aunt Lydia is a joy to read about. The supporting characters in this story really make it come to life. I found this story to be one that I had a hard time putting down and I was able to finish it really quickly. The cover is beautiful, and the storytelling is masterfully done. I think Boucher gets better with each fairy tale she writes.
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Title: Golden Gown
Author: Sarah E. Boucher
Publisher: Independently Published
Published: May 2019
Source: We received e-copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.