This isn't the fairy-tale you're used to... Golden Gown by Sarah E. Boucher (Review)

Golden Gown
By Sarah E. Boucher
YA Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Paperback & ebook, 266 Pages
May 3rd 2019


Elyse has lost everything; her parents, her family home, and the village where she is loved and respected. Still grieving, she arrives in a new town where she must prove her skills as a seamstress. Overnight, she creates a gown stunning enough to catch the princess’s eye and win the community’s approval. With every eligible maiden clamoring for her designs, Elyse must do everything in her power to appease them. No one can ever know that in the moments when she doubts her abilities, a mysterious stranger with a talent for tailoring and a penchant for damsels in distress comes to her aid. If anyone ever discovers the truth, her reputation will be ruined.

Golden Gown is a blending of the classic fairy tales Rumpelstiltskin and The Shoemaker and The Elves. The magic of pure love woven through the tale will touch the hearts of all of its readers.

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My Review

GOLDEN GOWN is a delightful story with a likable heroine and a slowly-building romance. Fairy tale fans and those who like stories where the heroine chooses her own future will find much to love here.

These were such lovable characters! I adored Elyse and her Aunt Lydia! Their relationship starts from a love for Elyse's mother, but then grows deeper as they face hardship together and support one another through it. I also really liked Gil and how mysterious he is. I could see the similarities to this story and the Rumpelstiltskin, but loved how the author really made this story her own with several nods to the classic fairy tales. There were also a handful of side characters who enhanced the story that I also really liked.

I really enjoyed how this story develops. As a reader, I wasn't sure what exactly was going on. Was there a little magic in play? Who was mysterious Gil? Was Elyse and her aunt going to make it through or were they going to need saving? Was Elyse going to have to give up more? The author did a good job of making this story somewhat unpredictable until towards the end. Then it becomes slightly overly dramatic, but otherwise, it was a sweet, swoon-worthy ending and perfect for this story.

In the end, was it what I wished for? If you enjoy fairy tales with great characters, a sweet romance, and a somewhat unpredictable storyline, then I'd definitely recommend this one. I enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to more from this author.

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Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

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About the Author

Sarah E. Boucher is a lover of fairy stories, romance, anything BBC and Marvel, and really, really cute shoes. On weekdays she wears respectable shoes and serves as Miss Boucher, the Queen of Kindergarten. On school holidays she writes stories about romance and adventure. And wears impractical super cute shoes.

Sarah is a graduate of Brigham Young University. She lives and works in northern Utah. Midnight Sisters is her second novel.

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