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Its 1880 and the O'Malleys have just immigrated into the US from Ireland. They have high hopes for their new life in a new world and have dreams of striking it rich. Bertie is the oldest girl in her family and must take care of her younger siblings while maintaining a job just like her dad and older brothers. Bertie is grateful for getting work as a household seamstress for textile tycoon JP Wellington. But when a problem arises and the Wellington business is threatened, Bertie's dad boasts that she is such a great seamstress that she can "practically spin straw into gold."
Amazingly, Bertie is able to make the most beautiful evening gown with the help of a man named Ray Stalls, who made the dress as if it were made from gold. Grateful to Ray, Bertie asks how she can repay him. He says nothing at first, but then he asks for her first born child...
I loved this story. Rumpelstilskin is one of my favorite fairy tales and Suzanne Weyn took that tale and and gave it just the right twists to make it a truly memorable and lovable story.