Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
Miss Sophia Petheram was seventeen when her father passed away. She was lucky to have a wealthy godfather to take her in. Not only was her guardian rich, Monsieur Bernard de Cressac was handsome. He doted on Sophia and showered her with gifts. At first, Sophia thought she was falling in love with her guardian, but that changed as slowly she saw cruelty in him. M. de Cressac wouldn’t allow her to leave the property. He didn’t allow her to have friends, and wouldn’t even allow her to see her remaining family. If Sophia showed any friendship toward the male slaves, M. de Cressac reassigned them to a different part of the estate.
Once Sophia saw his cruel side, she fell in love with someone else; however she kept her new love a secret. Sophia did not know her godfather’s intention was to marry her and that was why he brought her to his home. When Sophia begins to unravel the mystery of M. de Cressac previous wives’ deaths, she puts herself in danger. Did I mention all M. de Cressac wives had red hair like Sophia’s?
I thought this book was really good. It was a mysterious and romantic read. There were a lot of similarities to the story of Bluebeard; however I liked this version better. I couldn’t stop reading it because I couldn’t wait to see what happens next. I would love to read more from this author.
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