When Bridget O’Malley steps off the boat onto America, it was not what she expected. Dirty conditions make it hard for her to except that this is where her family really belongs. She misses Ireland—but it turns out many people in New York do not like the Irish. So Bertie—as she changes her name to—is very grateful when her dad achieves her a job as a seamstress in millionaire JP Wellington’s house. But when Bertie’s father goes too far, and brags about his daughter’s “uncanny ability” to “spin straw into gold”, will her family fall?
All in all, this was a very enjoyable book. Suzanne Weyn is a very good writer, and the plot is stunning. I know I would have never figured out a way to retell Rumpelstiltskin in 1880 New York City! The plot kept twisting, even though I knew the old fairytale well. I enjoyed this book a lot, and it is the perfect book to add you the ‘Once Upon a Time’ Series.
Scale (1-10): 8