The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn.
A Once Upon A Time book.
Read my other reviews for the Once Upon A Time series.
Summery:Bridget O'Malley and her father, brothers and sister have arrives in the United States at last. Son all of the O'Malley's but the youngest two have jobs, even if they aren't very good ones. But soon they need to change their names, for their father has gotten a job for a rich textile owner, J. P. Wellington. As his stableman and coach driver. So now Bertie Miller is working as a seamstress there. Even making friend's with her employers son, James. She still isn't making enough to get her sister, Eileen to a hospital or a doctor however. Thankfully a strange man named Ray Stalls helps her to get Eileen diagnosed and pays for the visit...but with what cost she wonders?
Romance:Loving/liking someone, hugging, holding hands, thinking/talking about someone, a kiss.
Inappropriate Romance:Even though engaged James flirts and is found with other women, mention that something might ruin a girl's reputation.
Violence:Bertie/Bridget faints, Eileen gets diphtheria briefly, yelling/arguing.
Other:Being cheated and falsely accused, faeries, drinking.
My thoughts: I read through it pretty quickly! It was a nice new twist on Rumpelstiltskin. I rather liked this new version, as it wasn't as...scary I guess. Rumpelstiltskin was always a little creepy, you know? In another of this series the classic tale got a twist a lot like this one, it was called The Winter Child. I loved where/when she set The Crimson Thread, too. It had very lovely descriptions and the plot was good and kept you guessing for such a short book (240 pages). I would recommend to older tween girls, so around 12 or 13.