Series: Stranje House (Book 3)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (May 23, 2017)
Praise for the Stranje House Series
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?
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!
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
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.
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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.