Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.4 × 2.47 × 0.5 in
Published: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307975983
ISBN - 13: 9780307975980
About the Book
Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debutNa thrilling retelling of the "Bluebeard" fairy tale, set in a gothic abbey in the pre-Civil War South.
From the Publisher
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"
About the Author
For many years, JANE NICKERSON and her family lived in a big old
house in Aberdeen, Mississippi, where she worked as the children''s
librarian at the local public library. She has always loved the
South, "the olden days," gothic tales, houses, kids, writing, and
interesting villains. She and her husband now make their home in
USA Today "Happy Ever After" , March 19, 2013: "Even if you''ve never read Blue Beard''s tale, you''ll enjoy Strands of Bronze and Gold . Sophie is a very likable character, and readers will soon find themselves caught up in the intrigue and mystery right along with her...I''m glad, too, that Sophie was no shy submissive heroine. She''s brave, intelligent and looks through the glamour. The Mirk and Midnight Hour is set to release in March 2014 and is about the legend of the Ballad of Tam Lin. The writing is excellent, and the setting is very Gothic and dark. Just my style!" Publishers Weekly , February 4, 3013: "Nickerson makes smart use of a lush, eerie antebellum Mississippi setting to add tension...Although the book moves leisurely, it effectively blends the fairytale world with the realities of Sophia’s powerlessness: she’s underage, impoverished, and female. All of which makes her luck, determination, and eventual triumph all the more rewarding." The Bulletin of the Center for Children''s Books , February 2013: "Elegant prose and vivid imagery give this gothic retelling of Perrault’s ''Bluebeard'' an exquisite sense of place; the descriptions of the lavish rooms of the seemingly endless estate are entrancing, while the hints of unease—a name scratched in a bedpost, old paintings found in the attic, a decrepit chapel in the estate’s cemetery—keep the tension mounting." Booklist , March 1, 2013: "With nods to such classics as Rebecca and