Title: Strands of Bronze and Gold
Author: Jane Nickerson
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction/Gothic Fiction
Series: Strands of Bronze and Gold, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A beautiful, gothic homage to the beloved fairy tale Bluebeard, I loved Strands of Bronze and Gold--it captured my imagination completely! A wonderful debut novel I will treasure forever!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sophia Petheram's father is dead. She receives an invitation to visit her godfather Monsieur Bernard de Cressac to come live with him, with little money and even fewer options. Once there, she is the recipient of something she has always longed for: comfort and luxury. But such things come with a price: Her godfather has frightening mood swings, is overly forward with her, and is hiding dark secrets on his spacious estate.. Secrets that all have to do with his previous wives.. And if Sophie doesn't unravel the mystery quickly enough, she might not live to tell the tale..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved, first of all, the gorgeous, lyrical writing that enchanted me from the start and captured my imagination
-Sophie, the strong, spunky Yankee who comes to reside at Wyndriven Abbey, and who throughout the book holds her own--she was an amazing main character, and I related to her a lot
-de Cressac, the terrible villain and stand-in for Bluebeard--I really feel that the author did the fairy tale great justice in this character, and I found myself getting chills as I encountered his mercurial mood swings with poor Sophie
-The vibrant cast of characters surrounding Sophie, particularly Duckie, Gideon, and her family members
-The pacing of this novel really worked for me too--I couldn't put it down!
-The creepy gothic tones that bring to mind Rebecca and Jane Eyre--especially with the ghosts
-The ending--it was perfect and did justice to all of the main characters, I was really happy with it!
What could've been better:
-There was nothing I didn't love about this beautiful, creepy Bluebeard retelling! Brava!
I loved, loved, loved Strands of Bronze and Gold--easily a new favorite for me! Next on deck: The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson!