Monday, April 7, 2014

Strands of Bronze and Gold

Author: Jane Nickerson
Goodreads Rating: 3.45
Pages: 352
Format: EArc from Netgalley

The Bluebeard fairy tale retold. . . .
When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.
Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.
Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.

This book was so delightful and creepy that it kept me turning the pages. At first it was a little hard to connect to the book, there were so many decisions that Sophia made that I absolutely didn't agree with, but sometimes that is what makes your main character, that they make decisions that you won't agree with, but that is who the character is and you need to accept that.

I read this book as an ebook, before I decided that I wasn't a fan of ebooks. I also dove into this book not knowing the tale of Bluebeard so I was caught somewhat off guard. Of course it wasn't hard to figure out exactly what was going on. As we saw little remnants of Bernard's former wives. Like stray strands of hair and old dresses.

I was annoyed that Sophia couldn't let well enough alone, and had to keep pushing and making her own situation unlivable. While it was her persistence and curiosity that did make her stronger than I ever could have been. I think I would have just shut up and done what he said after having seen what his fury would have reigned down.

I adored the introduction of Gideon and how he wasn't a typical love interest since he was a priest and all that. It added a really interesting dynamic to the story since she didn't even realize that she was going marry Bernard. There were so many creepy things that happened in this book, least of all was his housekeeper who really took the cake. All in all it was very interesting and I cannot wait to see what the next book in the series is going to bring.
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