Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson Review

Name: Strands of Bronze and Gold
Author: Jane Nickerson
Publisher:  Random House
Release Date: March 12th, 2013
Format: E-Book ARC
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352 pages

Thank you Netgalley and Random House for sending me a copy of this book for review!

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.


My Review:
What a really great book! When I started Strands of Bronze and Gold I had no idea it was a story retelling..but it definitely isn't necessary to know anything about the "Bluebeard" fairy tale myth before read this book! I had no idea what it was about and I still really enjoyed this book.
The plot of this book was really really interesting. Jane Nickerson is so descriptive in her writing that I could really picture all of the characters and settings in my head. The plot wasn't too fast paced, but it still kept me on the balls of my toes and I really didn't know what to expect next. I also liked how Jane Nickerson was able to weave together all of these different plot lines with different characters and made them all come together at the end which was really great.
The growth of Sophie throughout the book is really great to see. At the start, she is a naive, innocent girl. Once she gets settled into Wyndriven Abbey, she starts to shed that innocence and becomes a very strong character. I really liked seeing her growth throughout the book and it was great to see a strong female lead.
Overall, I really enjoyed Stands of Bronze and Gold! It was a great myth retelling but you definitely don't need to know anything about the "Bluebeard" myth to enjoy this book (I had no idea what it was until I started this book!). If your looking for a Gothic mystery look no further!! I look forward to reading the next book in this series!

My Rating:


  1. Omg, I want to read this one so badly! Thanks for the review :)

  2. This looks great, and what a pretty cover! Great review!

  3. OOoh very nice! I only recently found out about the Bluebeard myth myself. It was in another fairy tale retelling book. Cannot wait to read this one! Great review!

  4. I'm glad to hear that being unfamiliar with the tale it is a retelling of is alright. I know the bare minimum about it but I am so excited to read this now! Great review! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  5. I'm familiar with the story, so I can't wait to see how this is going to work out! I absolutely adore fairytales and retellings; I need this! It's good to hear that there is a good character development, I love that :) Nice review!


  6. I really think this is one I'm going to enjoy, even though I also know little about the Bluebird myth.


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