I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin
Series: Stranje House
Published by Tor Teen Genres: Fiction, Historical, Young Adult
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Also in this series: A School for Unusual Girls, Exile for Dreamers
Also by this author: A School for Unusual Girls, Exile for Dreamers
It’s 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war…
Napoleon’s invasion of England is underway and someone at Stranje House is sneaking information to his spies. Lady Jane Moore is determined to find out who it is. If anyone can discover the traitor, it is Jane—for, according to headmistress Emma Stranje, Lady Jane is a mastermind.
Jane doesn’t consider herself a mastermind. It’s just that she tends to grasp the facts of a situation quickly, and by doing so, she’s able to devise and implement a sensible course of action. Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save the brash young American inventor Alexander Sinclair, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?
I love each of the girls that are in Stranje House. They each have their own strenghts, and Jane is no different. Even if she feels like she is not extraordinary.
I’m really enjoying that each book will have the story of each girl. I think one of my favorite things about this series is the friendship. I mean I like the romance, too, but the bond these girls have is unstoppable. They help each other and rely on each other. I love that they’re tight-knit and treat each other as they would siblings.
Also, I love Alexander and Jane. They can’t seem to stop bickering when they are around each other. You can tell they have chemistry, but Jane fights it every step of the way.
Lady Daneska is, as usual, a thorn in the side of the ladies at Stranje House. She can’t seem to stop trying to cause trouble.
I really enjoyed this installment. There’s action, betrayal, romance, and everything else you could want from a book set in this time period.
Playlist for Refuge for Masterminds
I don’t have a playlist. However, I have a few favorite music videos helped me dive into the mood while writing Lady Jane’s story.
This first one, Save the Hero by Beyoncé, is perfect for Lady Jane, especially toward the end of the book:
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