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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.

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Strands of Bronze and Gold
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November 20th, 2013
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.
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