A Curse Dark as Gold, by Elizabeth C. Bunce

A Curse Dark as GoldCharlotte Miller and her sister Rosie don’t have much in the world….just the old woolen mill left to them by their father.  The mill has been plagued by a curse for generations, and the sisters don’t stand much chance of making a profit with their most current streak of bad luck.  Charlotte has never known the full story behind the curse, but she hasn’t tried to find out.  She does not believe in curses, though the townsfolk certainly think she’s a fool for that.  Anyone with eyes can see the dark forces at work every day in and around the mill.  Accidents and even some deaths are blamed on the mill curse.  With time running out for Charlotte and Rosie to keep the bank and their scheming uncle from taking over the unprofitable mill, the desperate sisters conjure up a mysterious stranger named Jack Spinner who claims he can do the impossible….spin straw into gold.  Literally into gold.  But the bargain the girls must strike with this devil may be more than they can repay when Jack Spinner’s “bill” comes due.  What must Charlotte give up….the mill, her husband, her baby?  A Curse Dark as Gold is a great twist on the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale.

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