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[Waiting on Wednesday] - #18

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Author: Jane Nickerson
Date: January 29th, 2013

     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.

     I look at this book and see a romance that's more than likely not supposed to happen. I haven't ever heard of the bluebeard fairy tale, so I have no idea what this story is about or the premise to the one it's compared to. So I'll take my own stab, at what the story tries to do for itself; this book got my attention right away. When I finished the synopsis, I had to reread it and make sure I wasn't see the overly romantic sense this book posses, but it's not a typical romance that I see happening. It's more of that creepy romance, where a girl starts falling for a guy, but as she slowly pieces things together, and the community she lives in fill in the remaining holes, what's left is a creepy man that leaves her no option, but to run.

     I view this a bit differently than to a Romeo and Juliet. There is a romance that starts, but it slowly dies because of some history with Cressac. I am curious to see what his past entails to be honest, I hope it's a bit twisted, and almost murderous so there is a good suspense and something to get the blood pumping. But at the same time, I think the betrayal of the romance will do that as well, if it's done correctly. The book just sounds so great, and the potential is rather high with how the synopsis is written; here's to hoping it fulfills that potential!
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