- Series: Stranje House (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Tor Teen (May 23, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765376040
- ISBN-13: 978-0765376046
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 8 Up—Lady Jane Moore tells this third part of the ongoing series. The dialogue remains top-notch, and the plot moves quickly as adventures and excitement abound. The story begins at night, when Lady Jane (who calls herself "plain Jane") sees a cloaked girl running through the trees and follows her through the woods. She overhears plans to capture the boat Alexander has made for England. Unfortunately, Alexander picks that moment to sneak up on Lady Jane, and they are overheard by the enemy spies. Lady Jane strategizes ways to confound Napoleon's spies and ruin their plans. As the group figures out how to get Alexander's steamboat, Mary Isabella, to England's safely, Lady Jane is frantic to conceal her own secret. As events unfold, she might have to reveal her past—and the horrible consequences her secret holds. Will the girls of Stranje House still accept Lady Jane if her secret is discovered? Will they be able to protect Alexander and his ship from Napoleon's deadly spies? Fans of Celia Rees's Pirates! will enjoy this tale of action and derring-do. VERDICT An outstanding alternative history series entry and a must-have for teen libraries.—Cathleen Ash, Manor High School Library, TX
“Enticing from the first sentence." ―New York Times Book Review
"Baldwin has a winning series here: her characters are intriguing and fully rendered." ―Booklist
"Once again, Kathleen Baldwin takes us on an amazing journey through an alternate event in history. I really love her take on historical events and the significant part young people play in the fight for freedom and peace. The story is full of adventure, and is both well-written and a delight to read." ―YAinsider.com
"This alternative history series will appeal to fans of Gail Carriger's works and The Cecelia and Kate novels by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer." ―School Library Journal
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Lady Jane also has a secret that she has been keeping since just before her parents died. This secret makes her believe that she needs to stay away from London and society or face changes she doesn't want in her life.
Lady Jane is also falling in love with inventor Alexander Sinclair who is a brash American who has developed a working steam boat which could alter the course of the war but only if they can get the prototype to London and the Navy before it is captured by the evil Lady Daneska and her partner the Ghost.
The banter between Jane and Alexander was entertaining as the two sparred. I liked the relationships between the girls at Stranje House. They have become the family that Jane never had since hers were dissolute gamesters who never valued her.
Fans of alternate history and intrepid young women will enjoy this third book in the Stranje House series.
Can I just say how much I love first person writing??!?!?! It is fascinating, in a series such as this one, to get the "inside scoop" on what is really going on in each of the girls' brains. So much fun. I am really enjoying how each book puts the focus on one of the girls and how they got to be where they are today. The stories are brilliantly interwoven and make each girl shine. Along with the lovely ladies are the swoon-worthy men. Each is unique and perfectly suited for their "unusual" girl. The author excels at the #FlirtingNotFlirting that takes place and the conversations make this old lady blush with anticipation.
I am really enjoying this series and know that it will be one of the few book series that I will HAVE TO revisit when the series ends, just so I can relive all the magic again. ;)
I am eager for the next adventure to begin. Too bad months of writing can be read in a few hours! Authors can't keep up with their fans appetites for more.
REFUGE FOR MASTERMINDS is a steadily moving historical romance with delightful characters, plenty of danger, and a well plotted story that is sure to engage the reader from beginning to end. Highly recommended to historical romance readers who enjoy the mix of espionage and a boarding school to London setting!
I love this series! I particularly loved the banter between Jane and Alexander in this third book. It was so much fun and definitely made me laugh. They were both marvelous characters! I also adored their romance. Then there were the other characters, particularly these girls who have become like sisters. They have their own strengths and weaknesses and love interests, and care deeply for each other.
I love that each of the books in this series focuses more on one of the Stranje girls, but still weaves in all the characters and an overarching plot as they face Napoleon and his spies. The plot had some adventure and action, as well as a fairly constant feel of danger. The ending was climatically intense, as to be expected, and I loved how it all came together. It also concluded with a decent resolution while also leading quite nicely to the next book, which I am highly anticipating!
My only grievance would be that I didn't completely understand Jane's misgivings in trusting Miss Stranje. I also was a little confused by her not taking advantage of dismissing a contract until later on for some misguided reason or other. At least she figured things out in time.
In the end, was it what I wished for? This was another fantastic read and addition to this series! I enjoyed it from beginning to end!
Content: Some violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary ARC from the publisher through Book Unleashed, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.