The Bluebeard fairy tale retold….
When 17-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.
©2013 Jane Nickerson (P)2013 Random House Audio
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DID NOT FINISH at 54%
I don't know how I would have liked the book and the narrator separately, but they made a bad mix. First of all, the story was very slow. There was a lot of attention to detail and not enough attention to the plot. This combined with the narrator's very slow reading was a bad combo. I remember listening for a stretch of 30 minutes and there were no real plot developments - just description.
The narrator's French and southern accents are fine, but distracting because you can hear how much attention she is putting into them and it made me lose focus of what the characters were saying sometimes.
I was ready to give up at 20%, but I found the 1.5x speed button and that helped, but in the end I decided not to finish this.
I have seen some better reviews of the text copy of this book, and I wouldn't be adverse to giving Caitlin Prennace another shot with a different book, I just can't recommend this audiobook.
This was a charming retelling that weaved suspense, romance, and family values into a great story for both adults and young adults.
I especially enjoyed the scary climax. When I hit the last couple hours I simply couldn't stop, so I stayed up late into the night listening to the intense finale. I even more appreciated that the heroine was not saved by the man in the end, but by her own pluck, luck, and blessings.
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