Strands of Bronze and Gold
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
Publication: March 12, 2013
4 of 5 stars
When Sophia Petheram goes to live with her godfather after her father’s death, she gradually becomes uneasy with his attentions to her and begins to question the circumstances around his prior wives’ mysterious deaths.
“In town, he’s considered a romantic figure, shrouded in mystery… The ladies admire him from afar, of course — or so my housekeeper tells me — the gentlemen, not so much. They call him Bluebeard.”
Full review to be posted in March!
Project Fairy Tale Connection:
- Poor girl marries wealthy, influential man?
Check (sorta)! Sophia’s family is deep in debt, so after her father’s death she goes to live with her powerful, wealthy, plantation-owner godfather, who later proposes to her.
- Man has a secret he keeps from his wife(-to-be)?
Check! Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, in fact, has many secrets from his wife-to-be
- Wife wonders what’s behind a locked door?
Check! When she’s given his keys, Monsieur Bernard asks her not to enter the folly, the chapel, or the graveyard that are on his property.
- Other connections?
Like Bluebeard, Bernard has had prior wives who have died somewhat mysteriously.
Like Bluebeard, Bernard has his wife(-to-be)’s family visit in order to show off his wealth.
Like Bluebeard, Bernard has a violent streak that initially is covered over by his charms.
Like Bluebeard’s wife, Sophia has a sister Anne who tries to help her.
Overall: A compelling story that takes the two-dimensional characters of the Bluebeard story and makes them come alive.