Sunday, June 02, 2019

Blog Tour: Golden Gown by Sarah E, Boucher ~ Review, Feature + Giveaway

Title: Golden Gown
Author: Sarah E. Boucher
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Fairytale Retelling
Release Date: May 16th, 2019
Number of Pages: 196
Format: ebook

Book Blurb: 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.

My Review: I went into this novel thinking it was supposed to be a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin but it's also a retelling of the Shoemaker and the Elves only with gowns instead of shoes. As soon as Gilberto was introduced I was rooting for him to be the love interest instead of the Prince (who was a very lackluster one). There is something about a Spaniard that just melts my heart. I loved Lady Lydia, she is the aunt I never had. She is so sassy.

As I mentioned the prince is very lackluster in this story. He just seemed to obsess about Elyse as soon as he met her but made no effort to know her. Then dances with her once and asks her to make a wedding gown for his fiancee all the while it was Elyse all along but he never even asked her to begin with. What a piece of work. I did not like him. His sister Caroline had more personality than him and she is just a character to drive the plot along.

I really did enjoy this story and I liked the reference to Midnight Sisters (which I haven't read but I just bought to read). I want to read more about Gilberto and Elyse and their life after the ending of Golden Gown.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Meet Lady Lydia Dillingham (fairy godmother) and Clara Demmings:

   Lydia, who is Elyse Morley’s great aunt, is a hat tip to fairy godmothers from long ago and far away. Because of her loving kindness, Lydia’s home is the best place for Elyse after her parents’ deaths. Far from being indulgent, Lydia is a feisty, white-haired, eighty-five year old who refuses to let her great niece wallow in despair. It won’t take long for her to challenge Elyse to rise to the occasion.
   On the other hand, there’s Clara Demmings, Lydia’s longtime friend. Far from being kind and nurturing, Clara is a born and bred gossipmonger. She loves nothing better than getting the inside scoop on anyone in her community. (Except maybe snacks. Because comfortably plump Mrs. Demmings is all about the snacks.)
   This unlikely duo is inspired by the friendship between longtime neighbors Marilla Cuthbert and Rachel Lynde in Anne of Green Gables. They have “something that for lack of any other name might be called friendship . . . in spite of—or perhaps because of—their dissimilarity” (Montgomery, L.M., 1908, p. 7). As often as Lydia and Clara could be called the best of friends, they could also be called the best of enemies, as witnessed in the following scene:

   The teapot clinked against Mrs. Demmings’ cup. “As I said, Lydia, the girl needs to be introduced to good society.”
   Aunt Lydia emitted a tiny sigh and leaned heavily on the tabletop. “I agree, Clara. But as we discussed, I’m in no position to act as chaperone. My days of gallivanting with young bucks and simpering to my betters are over. I’d be happy to put Elyse in your capable hands though.”
   Mrs. Demmings pressed a hand to her heart. “Oh, dear no! I haven’t your connections, Lydia. I’d never presume to . . . to . . .”
   Aunt Lydia, ever merciful, saved her. “Then that’s that. We’ll have to make do with the quiet company of neighbors, close friends, and the few single gentleman callers we can scare up. We will leave high society to those with more spirit and energy.” She placed a hand atop mine. “You won’t be too disappointed, will you, Elyse dear?”
   Only in my daydreams would I dare venture into the world of beautiful clothes and solicitous suitors. I met Aunt Lydia’s gaze and offered up a reassuring smile. “Of course not. What better society could there be than you two?”
   “We do have all the best news,” Mrs. Demmings replied, lifting her cup to her lips with a pinky extended.
   Aunt Lydia and I shared a look. I had to press my lips together to hold in a giggle.
   “Oh my, the cake plate is empty.” Mrs. Demmings clicked her tongue disapprovingly. “This young girl will eat you out of house and home if you’re not careful, Lydia.”
   I wanted to retort that I had only eaten one slice of cake but I held my tongue, knowing my aunt wouldn’t approve of such brashness.
   “Nonsense, Clara,” Aunt Lydia said. “Elyse is a healthy young woman and a pleasure to have in the household.” She took a sip of tea before adding quietly, “And I believe neither she nor I had more than one slice of cake today.”
   Mrs. Demmings’s cup hit the saucer with a discordant clank. “Well, I never!” Her round cheeks quivered as she rose imperiously.
   Aunt Lydia took another long drink before replying. “Oh, do sit down, Clara. You know I meant nothing by that.” A small smile curved her lips. “And I’m certain there’s a bit of bread and butter in the pantry.”
   Mrs. Demmings peered down her nose. “I don’t suppose there’s any jam?”
   Auntie knew she had won. “Possibly.”

Author Spotlight:

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. Visit Sarah at or connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, or Goodreads.

Golden Gown, Becoming Beauty, and Midnight Sisters are now available on Amazon. During the Blog Tour, Becoming Beauty and Midnight Sisters will be $.99 each on Kindle!

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*I received a copy of the book from the author but I did purchase a copy. All opinions are my own. 


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