Publishers Weekly, February 4, 3013:
"Nickerson makes smart use of a lush, eerie antebellum Mississippi setting to add tension...Although the book moves leisurely, it effectively blends the fairytale world with the realities of Sophia's powerlessness: she's underage, impoverished, and female. All of which makes her luck, determination, and eventual triumph all the more rewarding."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, February 2013:
"Elegant prose and vivid imagery give this gothic retelling of Perrault's 'Bluebeard' an exquisite sense of place; the descriptions of the lavish rooms of the seemingly endless estate are entrancing, while the hints of unease--a name scratched in a bedpost, old paintings found in the attic, a decrepit chapel in the estate's cemetery--keep the tension mounting."
Booklist, March 1, 2013:
"With nods to such classics as "Rebecca "and "Gone with the Wind" and a setting that may draw "Downton Abbey "fans, first-time novelist Nickerson adds a strictly American spin to her version of the Bluebeard fairy tale. With headstrong Sophia, handsome rake Monsieur de Cressac, and sweet, courageous Reverend Stone wrapped in a romantic love triangle; the glamorous Mississippi plantation as a cover for the somewhat sanitized horrors of slavery; and the increasingly obvious murder mystery; this will beckon readers of historical fiction, romance, and mystery alike."
School Library Journal, March 2013:
"Nickerson makes a strong debut with this suspenseful reimagining of the Bluebeard legend that seamlessly weaves together elements of fairy tale, gothic romance, and pre-Civil War-era American history. Fans of Libba Bray's "Gemma Doyle" trilogy will delight in this gorgeously atmospheric page-turner."
SLJ Teen, February 5, 2013:
"Jane Nickerson adroitly weaves the threads of the 'Bluebeard' story into "Strands of Bronze and Gold" to create a spellbinding tapestry of mystery, romance, and suspense...A grishow more