Title: Strands of Bronze and Gold
Author: Jane Nickerson
Page Number: 352
Synopsis: 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: Normally, this is not the type of book I read. But I was excited to receive it anyways.
In the beginning, it took me awhile to get into. And it still took me time to get into it up until the end. Although the book is a retelling of the Bluebeard fairy-tale, I compared most of it with The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter because it was the only adaption/version of the Bluebeard story that I really knew. It had some similarities but for the most part the two were different stories. In Strands I think it took too much time for something to happen. It was very dragged on and I definitely didn’t think it needed to even be longer than 300 pages. The writing was nice but for a story set in the 1800’s I found myself questioning whether some of the things they did & said were accurate for the time period. I found the main character very naive at times there, were huge hints about her godfather being a horrible man from the beginning yet it took about 5 seconds & 300 pages later for realization to hit.
Though it did have its share of enjoyable characters, I still couldn’t really connect with any of them. It also didn’t help that there was insta-love. In some cases I’m fine with it, but it just happened and seemed so rushed that it was unbelievable. I did enjoy the writing at times.
By the end, I found myself enjoying it more because I thought “finally some action” and then it was over, so all in all I didn’t think it was a terrible read, boring at times, but not bad and not great either.
My Rating: ★★ -2.5/5