A Curse Dark As Gold is a brilliantly woven tale filled with romance, ghosts, witchcraft, folk magic, the struggles of Georgian society set in rural 18th century England. The characters are distinct and language effortlessly weaves the story around you. From start to finish I was drawn into this tale and found myself thinking about the characters and the story long after I had finished it--always a good sign.
Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte inherits the family business--the Stirwaters woolen mill. But the mill is in trouble and the townspeople talk in hushed voices of a curse on the mill that goes back generations.
Charlotte doesn't believe in the curse, but even she can't explain away some of the strange happenings at the mill. As the mill falls further and further into debt, Charlotte will do anything to save the mill even if it means striking up a bargain with Jack Straw. A strange little man who can spin gold out of straw--for a price.
With an uncle who apparently wants to help and a rival woolen mill poised to take over Stirwaters, Charolotte bargain with Jack Straw appears to created a web that will destroy all she holds dear--the mill, her family, the townsfolk, and her heart.
A Curse Dark As Gold is a brilliantly woven tale filled with ghosts, witchcraft, folk magic, the struggles of Georgian society, and of course romance. Bunce does a wonderful job of creating characters that are distinct and language that weaves the story effortlessly around you.