Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

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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.

About Jane Nickerson

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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.

Author Residence: Ontario, Canada
Published March 12, 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 354 pages
Genres: Romance, Horror, Young Adult, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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After Sophia Petheram is orphaned, she is taken in by her fabulously rich and handsome godfather, Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, who wants only to please and spoil her. It’s the stuff of fairy tales, qu

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Here's hoping that Nickerson provides us more novels on Sophia's life after Bernard's obsession, Bernard's life before Sophia, and those four wives that Bernard destroyed.

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Deseret News

Sophia's godfather lives on beautiful Southern plantation named Wyndriven Abbey in Mississippi.

Apr 25 2013 | Read Full Review of Strands of Bronze and Gold

Gr 9 Up—Sophie, 17, is still in mourning for her father when she receives a letter from her godfather inviting her to live with him at his estate in Mississippi. With both parents deceased, the family is now penniless, so establishing a relationship with the wealthy Monsieur de Cressac could bene...

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