Strands of Bronze and Gold
by Janet Nickerson
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Released On: March 12, 2013
Published By: Random House Children's Books
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.83
Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis available on Goodreads:
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.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-arc of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley. Thanks for this opportunity.
An Overview of the Novel: Sophie has lived in poverty her entire life, but has been the receiver of very nice gifts from her godfather Monsieur Bernard de Cressac. When he invites her to live with him, she jumps at the chance.
But then de Cressac starts acting very inappropriately towards her. She swings from being very interested in him to thinking he is villainous.
But in a world where all of your fantasies can become a reality, is it possible to escape? Sophie might just be in over her head. There might not be an escape. What does de Cressac really want with her?
All of Cressac's wives have had redhair and so does Sophie. It appears like Cressac has ulterior motives and the only question is whether Sophie can walk away unscathed.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I hadn't read the original Bluebeard retelling, but form what I've heard it was chilling and creepy. So I can't compare this novel to the original.
But I can tell you this novel was delightfully creepy. It had me turning the pages faster and faster. Sophie was so naive and had no idea what was going on for so long that it only added to the creepiness of this novel.
Cressac was creepy and yet such a captivating character. I couldn't wait to unriddle why exactly he was acting the way he was. Unraveling the mystery of this text made for an incredible read.
I was sucked in from page one to the last page. This book was one that I literally flew through. I had such a hard time focusing on anything but this book. The plot, the writing, and the character development was incredible.
Nickerson's debut was excellent. I don't really understand what Nickerson can write about in the sequel as I felt like this would have made a great stand-alone, but I'm excited to find out.
So Why 4 stars out of 5? Although I enjoyed the book, it wasn't quite as creepy as I would have liked it. However, it was still really creepy and quite fascinating. I was so hooked and captivated by the story that I couldn't put it down.
In Summary: Nickerson's novel was a compelling look into the mind of a creepy yet intriguing man that I couldn't help but love the tale.
The Wrap-up: All in all Nickerson's novel was really compelling. de Cressac actually reminded me of the poem Porphyria's Lover or My Last Duchesss. It was just that creepy. Definitely comes recommended.