Strands of Bronze and Gold

Strands of Bronze and Gold

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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After the death of her father in 1855, seventeen-year-old Sophia goes to live with her wealthy and mysterious godfather at his gothic mansion, Wyndriven Abbey, in Mississippi, where many secrets lie hidden.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307975980
Branch Call Number: NICKE
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 22 cm.


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Nov 18, 2016

This is an interesting retelling of the fairy tale Bluebeard. I liked that it was very suspenceful , and I was surprised at the ending! (Because I had never previously read the Bluebeard story)

Jan 12, 2016

This book was one of the only books I wasn't thrilled with. Over all it was ok 3 out of 5.

Jun 16, 2014

Lovely writing and attention to detail. I liked the ending, but I do feel bad about it. I really wanted things to be wonderful and good.

I guess I've been reading too many romance novels ha hah.

Jan 02, 2014

One of the coolest fairy tale remakes i've ever read. I loved it.

Sep 26, 2013

Strands of Bronze and Gold is a Bluebeard retelling set in the pre-Civil War South. It's a classic gothic tale, with ghosts, mystery, villainous yet charming characters, and sumptuous garments.

It's a well-wrought, if familiar, tale. I was pleased that Sophie, the protagonist, was realistically flawed. As a woman of that age, she was attuned to propriety and devoted to her family. In fact, much of the novel struck me as Austen-esque, if by its bones: a young female struggles against more privileged but callous folk to become a heroine in her own right, bound my familial obligation, dealing with attraction to a preacher, and so on.

That's not to say it's Regency- it's very much rooted in the politics and physical character of Mississippi. I appreciated the sadistic/volatile/narcissistic nature of the villain, who reminded me of a couple of ex-boyfriends (which is to say....he's a believable villain).

I recommend this to fans of fairytale retellings, classic Southern gothics, Jane Austen-esque coming-of-age novels, and those who enjoy a bit of morbid mystery with their historic fiction.

JCLLeslieG Jul 26, 2013

An intriguing retelling of the "Bluebeard" fairytale. Dark and twisted, this book takes readers deep into fantastic land of Mississippi, where young Sophia finds herself surrounded by extravagance, beauty, and a man with volatile emotions.

JCLBrownM Jul 10, 2013


May 25, 2013

I ignored most of the negative reviews I'd read about this book. Negative Reviewers said that not much happened. After finally finishing SoB&G I have to agree. I liked reading it and I wasn't bored but yeah, not much happens until the last 30 pages or so and then the action-y parts are all melodramatic and predictable. Meh. Still, I liked the retelling aspect and that the heroine isn't saved by dudes. Not that she saves herself either, really. It's a quasi-feminist redux with lots of descriptions of clothing, a little bit of Jane Eyre, a little bit of Rebecca. Fun but your life won't change by reading it and if it gets repeatedly pushed to the bottom of your To Read List it won't be a big deal.

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