Author: Jane Nickerson
Release date: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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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.
My teaser, from page 145 in the ARC:
The door flew open and I jumped. Charles jumped as well. We both grinned sheepishly.Well I'm intrigued! Who is Charles? Where's she sneaking about? And what's she looking for? :) I'd love to see what everyone is teasing this week, so leave me links! Have a happy Tuesday all!
"Sorry, Miss," he said. "Thought I heard a mouse."
"That was me. Squeaking mousily because of a centipede."
He stooped to help me gather up the scattered papers.
"I have permission to be in here," I said. "Monsieur Bernard gave me his keys."
"Congratulations, Miss," he said.