Enter the Stranje world of Lady Jane in #RefugeforMasterminds and read a quick q&a with author @katbaldwin as well as our #review for @jeanbooknerd

Series: Stranje House (Book 3)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (May 23, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765376040
ISBN-13: 978-0765376046

Praise for the Stranje House Series

“A Completely Original―and totally engrossing―world, full of smart girls, handsome boys, and sinister mysteries…Sign me up.” ―Meg Cabot, New York Times Best Selling Author of The Princess Diaries
Lady Jane Moore has a secret. A secret that must be kept buried. For if anyone discovered the truth, her life at Stranje House would crumble. And with Napoleon Bonaparte’s invasion of England underway, everyone at Stranje House is already in danger. Mortal danger.

Jane knows it. She may not be like Tess, who has the advantage of prophetic dreams. Nor is she like Sera, who notices every detail no matter how miniscule and draws conclusions based on the smallest thread of evidence. She doesn’t possess Maya’s ability to soothe the tempers around her with a few well-spoken words. Neither is she a brilliant scientist like Georgie. According to Miss Stranje, Lady Jane Moore is a mastermind.


Jane doesn’t consider herself a mastermind. Quite the contrary, she believes herself to be an ordinary young lady. It’s just that she has a rather excessive bent toward the practical. She tends to grasp the facts of a situation quickly, and by so doing, she’s able to devise and implement a sensible course of action. But that’s all there is to it. Well, there is the fact that she also organizes the players in her plans with quiet efficiency. So much so, that occasionally Lady Jane’s friends tease her for being a bit managing.

Do they expect her to sit back and do nothing when trouble is brewing? Not likely. Not when the people she cares about are at risk. Call it being a mastermind if you must, it is a trait that comes in rather handy in a world full of spies, sabotage, and double-dealing. Especially now that Lady Jane and Sera have rooted out the truth: There is a traitor at Stranje House.

Someone is sneaking information to Lady Daneska and Ghost, Napoleon’s spies. Jane is determined to find out who it is before the bonds of friendship at Stranje House are ripped apart by suspicions. Her desperate hunt for the traitor ensnares Robert Fulton’s nephew, Alexander Sinclair, a brash American inventor, in an ambush that puts his life in danger. Sinclair may well be the most maddening man in all of Christendom, a wicked-tongued rascal with boorish manners, but for some reason, Lady Jane cannot bear the thought of the golden-haired genius being harmed.

Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save Alexander, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?

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Mama Says:
I am so glad I borrowed the first two books from the library for this tour, because this is definitely not a standalone book!  That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I just want to make sure my readers are aware that you will be missing a lot of the story and character history if you don’t read these books in chronological order.
Sometimes I forget how big of a history buff I can be, until I read an engrossing historical work of fiction such as the Stranje House books.  Mix in some mystery and romance, and you have a cocktail for a fantastic binge-read-worthy series!
If you enjoy your heroines witty and your anti-heroes dastardly with a bit of deception, then you’ll love these books!
Refuge for Masterminds is the third in the series, so we’ve seen a lot of growth in Lady Jane thus far, though I’ll say she was a bit too busy in this particular installment to soar any higher in the development scale.  She’s got a lot on her plate, and by the end you’re wondering how she’s going to handle it all.  Leave it to Kathleen Baldwin to surprise us along the way!  I enjoyed the second book a little bit more, maybe because I’m weird and like the more lengthy details we were given. Though I definitely appreciated the fast pace of this third book too! You can see I’m a bit confusing in my own thoughts on one book, so I apologize if I seem contradictory.  Honestly I think if you like historical fiction at all you’ll like these, but especially if you love those involving espionage and other tom foolery!
My thanks to the author, publisher and tour host for the review opportunity!

Fill in the Blanks with Kathleen Baldwin:

1.) I wish I would have written Cress, by Marissa Meyer IMHO it’s a masterpiece!

2.) My favorite place when I write is at my desk, hidden away, deep in my fortress of solitude

3.) Lady Jane is my favorite character in REFUGE FOR MASTERMINDS .

4.) My favorite author is this answer changes frequently, but for right now, I’m going to say Marissa Meyer

5.) The last book I’ve read is? Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin loves adventure in books and in real life. She taught rock climbing in the Rockies, survival camped in the desert, was stalked by a mountain lion, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, enjoyed way too many classes in college, fell in love at least a dozen times, and married her very own hero. They’ve raised four free-spirited adventurous children.
Find more about Kathleen on her Website, Newsletter, Twitter, Facebook

Awarded 2016 Spirit of Texas, A School for Unusual Girls , is her first historical romance for Young Adults. It is a Junior Library Guild selection. Publisher’s Lunch listed it in their 2015 Young Adult BookBuzz. Kansas State NEA Reading Circle gave it a starred review in their 2016 “Best of the Best” for High Schools. Scholastic licensed it for book fairs, and New York Times Book Review called it “enticing from the first sentence.”

Kathleen is also an avid reader and adores the wit and humor of Oscar Wilde, P.G. Wodehouse, and Jane Austen. Her eclectic reading interests range from Frank Herbert to Meg Cabot, and on to the delightfully imaginative tales of Diana Wynne Jones.

6 thoughts on “Enter the Stranje world of Lady Jane in #RefugeforMasterminds and read a quick q&a with author @katbaldwin as well as our #review for @jeanbooknerd

  1. Love meeting a new author and blogger at the same time, and I totally love your review writing style. I haven’t rea any historicals in a long time, but I do enjoy a strong female lead with mystery and romance. Hugs…RO #Getsocial17

    • I totally agree! and I really appreciate it 🙂 I honestly haven’t much read historicals lately either, but this series makes me want more! And I definitely love a good female lead who isn’t wishy washy or boring 🙂

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