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.
strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this
breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.