This is a wonderful interpretation of the classic Rumpelstiltskin
. It's also a historical fiction. How Bunce was able to weave the two of them together is a wonder to me.
It's a very slow story, though, and at times I feel such a desperation because there's obviously no explanation. Yes, there's magic and there must be a curse. But why? "Why" is never answered until close to the end of the book and the answer is very satisfying.
The only thing I wish for is that Charlotte's husband played a greater role. The author made Charlotte very independent and self-sufficient, but I wish she allowed herself to be helped some times.