Friday, July 14, 2017

On My Shelf: Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

On My Shelf is an awesome feature hosted by Teresa at Readers Live A Thousand Lives that anyone can join. The idea is to spotlight a book from your TBR shelf; it's a fun way to discuss books with fellow bloggers and, with their help, decide which books are must-reads... and which ones can wait a while longer.

"Welcome to Wyndriven Abbey. Mississippi, 1855." 

Strands of Bronze and Gold is a YA Gothic retelling of the Bluebeard fairytale set in antebellum Mississippi -- that information along with the stunning cover was enough to make me grab this book as well as the author's next two. Then I read that the author grew up in a small town in Mississippi less than 30 miles from where I grew up, and her books became must-haves. The second book, The Mirk and Midnight Hour, is a companion book taking place in the same universe; it is a haunting story based on the fairytale of "Tam Lin." And the third, A Place of Stone and Shadow, which is more of a sequel to the first book, is a southern Gothic ghost story also set in the same universe. I really hope to get to these this year, but you know how it is when your TBR overfloweth. So I turn to you, my fellow readers and bloggers. Tell me:

Have you read Strands of Bronze and Gold or its successors? What are your thoughts? 
Do I drop everything and start reading -- or put it back on my shelf for later?

Strands of Bronze and Gold  The Mirk and Midnight Hour  A Place of Stone and Shadow

Hope everyone has a great weekend! See you next week! 

© at A Belle's Tales



  1. Not gonna lie... saw the words Tam Lin and hissed out loud lol
    But other than that these gorgeous books sound amazing! You read them and then tell me if I need to read them. Cause my oh my are they prettah!

  2. ermergerrrrhhhhh grabby hands

  3. I remember I used to have a copy of this book! But then I gave it away because it had been years and I hadn't touched the book. I am definitely still interested in it but will probably never read it. O_O I hope you enjoy this book if/when you read it, Michele!

    Have a great weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  4. I am going to say go for something else. I dunno, not a fan of pirates I guess.

  5. I read the first two, and was not really a fan. Maybe it's because I'm from the North and Southern Gothic just isn't my thing? I just really could not get into them. I also had some issues with how Slavery was handled. I still think you should try them, but maybe not right away. Hope you like it better than I did when you do read it!

    Deanna Reads Books

    1. Thank you so much, Deanna! I'm sorry you didn't enjoy these. That makes me really nervous to hear you had some issues with how slavery was handled in this series. I really appreciate the heads-up; that's very helpful to me in my decision. Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

  6. What an interesting coincidence, that this author grew up in a town less than 30 miles from yours!

    I LOVE that cover, but I don't think I could handle any Bluebeard I'm too much of a chicken! Lol. That said, I will add "The Mirk and Midnight Hour" to my Goodreads shelves, because I'm interested in the story of Tam Lin. First off, it has to do with faeries AND romance. Second, it's a Scottish tale, and I have Scottish blood in my veins, och! Yup! My great grandpa on Mom's side had the last name "Kincaid". (He also had the last names "Hughes", which is Welsh, I think.) So most definitely, me lassie, I'll add this one!!

    Thanks for sharing!! Hope you and Mckenzie are having an AWESOME Saturday!!! SUPER SQUISHY TACKLE HUGS!!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

    1. It really is, Maria! Especially considering how small the towns were where I grew up. I'm super excited to support this author. I understand that about Bluebeard, but I'm thrilled you're going to give The Mirk and Midnight Hour a chance! It sounds fabulous and hopefully will appeal to your Scottish blood - lol. Love you, lassie! <3 <3 <3 Have a beautiful day *SUPER SQUISHY TACKLE HUGS* <3


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