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Strands Of Bronze And Gold

by Jane Nickerson

Random House Children's Books | March 11, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Strands Of Bronze And Gold is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.22 × 6.64 × 0.84 in

Published: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307975991

ISBN - 13: 9780307975997

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written Oh the cover of this book is absolutely incredible!! I think it's one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen. I just want to stare at it all day long. Anywho- the story. It was Misty from The Book Rat that first had me considering Jane Nickerson's debut Strands of Bronze and Gold. She was reading it for her Fairy Tale Fortnight event and mentioned that it was a retelling of the Bluebeard story. She seemed to enjoy it and I thought I would give it a try. Let me first say, I knew absolutely nothing about the Bluebeard fairy tale, so I didn't know what to expect from Strands of Bronze and Gold. When looking into the novel, a number of readers suggested not looking up the Bluebeard story. So that's what I did... at first. About half way through reading I did end up looking up the fairy tale because I couldn't handle being that much in the dark. The story begins with Sophie going to live with her Godfather, Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, after her father passes away. At first Sophie is happy to be at her Godfather's mansion and living the rich life. However as time goes on Sophie soon realizes that the man is VERY controlling and possessive and she becomes increasingly uncomfortable with her situation and the demands of de Cressac. I really enjoyed Strands of Bronze and Gold. Having no knowledge of the base story I was fascinated with what was going on and what Sophie had gotten herself into. Nickerson did a great job keeping me on my toes and engaged with the story. It wasn't just a creepy story, with a creepy man making inappropriate advances to a young girl. It was more than that. Nickerson takes the story further and sets in the southern United States during the time when slavery was an acceptable practice. Owning slaves was something that Sophie did not condone and she was very vocal to Monsieur de Cressac regarding her distaste. I really appreciated the way Nickerson approached this theme and incorporated it into her book. It really added flavour to the story. I absolutely loved all the characters in this book. Even Bernard de Cressac. He was wonderfully written and he was the perfect villain. You couldn't help but like him in the beginning- in this case it was easy to see why Sophie was so enthralled with him. Nickerson also did a fantastic job of making Monsieur de Cressac more and more strange the deeper into the book we got. It was a lot of fun to read. Overall, Strands of Bronze and Gold was a great read. I loved the spin Jane Nickerson put on the Bluebeard story and I am really looking forward to reading more by her.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A creepy and atmospheric re-telling I love fairy tale re-tellings in all their forms. But I especially love when those re-tellings capture the feel of the original story they were inspired by. Strands of Bronze and Gold is a perfect example of this. It is a captivating read that is just a creepy and mysterious as the original. That being said, if you’ve never read the original tale of Bluebeard or if you only know the bare bones of the story, that’s ok! Strands of Bronze and Gold does not make any assumptions about its readers. It presents itself as if it was a brand new tale. I was only familiar with the basic premise of the story (and the Fables version and I never felt like I miss any information, or that the story was moving on without me. I also think not knowing the story adds an extra creepiness factor to this book, as you begin to suspect what’s really going on. As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, Jane Nickerson does a superb job of capturing the original feel of the fairy tale. Classic fairy tales often have this creepy, mysterious and poetic feel to them but not many re-tellings are able to capture this style. Strands of Bronze and Gold is the best example of this style I’ve read since Ash by Malinda Lo. Strands of Bronze and Gold takes place in the pre-Civil War era of the South and it very atmospheric. I truly felt as though I had been transported into another time and place. The descriptions of Wyndriven Abbey and it’s surrounding land were haunting and made me wish it was a real place I could go visit. At the centre of all this wonderful story is our heroine -Sophia. I found her a little naive in the beginning but as I continued to read I found there was much more to her than that. Most of all I like that she makes up her own mind up about things – such as her position on slavery – and does what she can with her situation. She finds her own way to work around Bernard’s fluctuating moods, puts herself in danger by assisting with the Underground Railroad and breaks all of societies conventions when it comes to a certain pastor… No matter the situation she finds a way despite the difficulty of her situation. Recommendation: A fantastic and atmospheric fairy tale re-telling, with a plucky heroine and creeptastic plot. Strands of Bronze and Gold is not to be missed! This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2013-03-12

– More About This Product –

Strands Of Bronze And Gold

by Jane Nickerson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.22 × 6.64 × 0.84 in

Published: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307975991

ISBN - 13: 9780307975997

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” fairy tale.

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 Ontario, Canada. 

Editorial Reviews

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
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