Strands Of Bronze And Gold by Jane NickersonStrands Of Bronze And Gold by Jane Nickerson

Strands Of Bronze And Gold

byJane Nickerson

Paperback | February 15, 2018

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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.
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, C...
Title:Strands Of Bronze And GoldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.22 × 6.64 × 0.84 inPublished:February 15, 2018Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307975991

ISBN - 13:9780307975997


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Really well written story! Love Sophia's character, and the villain is super great! Never put this book down!
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good! This book really picks up a few chapters in. It might take some determination to get to the seventh chapter, but from then on I didn't put it down! Sophia is such a relatable character and her story is super interesting! One of the best villains ever! It gets a little creepy, but you'll never put it down!
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good! This book really picks up a few chapters in. It might take some determination to get to the seventh chapter, but from then on I didn't put it down! Sophia is such a relatable character and her story is super interesting! One of the best villains ever! It gets a little creepy, but you'll never put it down!
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good! This book really picks up a few chapters in. It might take some determination to get to the seventh chapter, but from then on I didn't put it down! Sophia is such a relatable character and her story is super interesting! One of the best villains ever! It gets a little creepy, but you'll never put it down!
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love It This book has one of the most charming and brilliant villains I've read in a very long time. The story is told with beautiful details and subtle foreshadowing that I loved
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive This retelling is utterly addictive. Less so of a "retelling" and more of an embellished and detailed variation of the Bluebeard story that adds to the features and details of the story to make it enchanting and relatable.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enchanting The deeply dimensional aspects of the characters and their relationships, the great use of mood and atmosphere, and an enchanting setting it what I particularly enjoyed about this novel. Great revamping of a classic tale with a detailed plot.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant Eerie and mysterious, this historical twist on a classic tale creates a story that is positively outstanding!
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A retelling of Bluebeard in the South This story takes place in pre-Civil War Mississippi, which is one of the main draws of the book -- the Southern Gothic, though not too heavy. It was a nice read, with a sweet, old-timey heroine and supporting cast of characters. Some parts were disturbing, but that's the nature of the fairy tale this book retells. The book, as a whole, could have been more neatly put together, but I still enjoyed it. I wish the story had been more supernatural, too.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh The godfather caving the hots for her creeped me out. But the storyine was great and the writing pretty well done.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A page turner!!! I spent hours sitting on the couch reading this riveting book. I can't think of more words other than riveting, excellence And simply creepy. I love this book. I can't wait to read more books by Nickerson! Great job
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from We read this book for book club. I have to say that I had a hard time wanting to pick this book up but I'm glad I did. Once I started reading I enjoyed it from start to finish. It is somewhat predictable but I enjoyed seeing the main character develop throughout the book. She starts out this young naive girl flattered by her wealthy, handsome godfather and she learns to listen to her instincts and see that the relationship she has with him is not healthy and even dangerous. It's a lesson young women could use today when they are in abusive relationships, to not justify what they're feeling. There were many more themes throughout the book that we also discussed such as slavery, guidance from the "afterworld", the manipulation of power and money, mental health, etc.. I think Jane Nickerson did a good job for her first book and look forward to seeing how she develops as a writer.
Date published: 2013-11-20
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 (
Date published: 2013-03-12

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 Gone with the Wind and a setting that may draw Downton Abbey fans, first-time novelist Nickerson adds a strictly American spin to her version of the Bluebeard fairy tale. With headstrong Sophia, handsome rake Monsieur de Cressac, and sweet, courageous Reverend Stone wrapped in a romantic love triangle; the glamorous Mississippi plantation as a cover for the somewhat sanitized horrors of slavery; and the increasingly obvious murder mystery; this will beckon readers of historical fiction, romance, and mystery alike."School Library Journal, March 2013:"Nickerson makes a strong debut with this suspenseful reimagining of the Bluebeard legend that seamlessly weaves together elements of fairy tale, gothic romance, and pre-Civil War-era American history. Fans of Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle trilogy will delight in this gorgeously atmospheric page-turner."SLJ Teen, February 5, 2013:"Jane Nickerson adroitly weaves the threads of the 'Bluebeard' story into Strands of Bronze and Gold to create a spellbinding tapestry of mystery, romance, and suspense...A grippingly gothic tale, with a lavishly described and lushly atmospheric setting and likable heroine."From the Hardcover edition.