Sunday, August 9, 2015

Book Review: "A School for Unusual Girls," by Kathleen Baldwin

About the book:
It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies -- plans that entangle them in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible -- until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust into a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads -- or their hearts.

My thoughts:
This book has everything I love: a fast-paced story, adventure, heart-stopping action, history, romance, and fascinating characters. Imagine living in a time when females aren’t allowed to be smart. They don’t fit into society’s mold and must be reformed. That is the premise here, but there is so much more. Not only are the unusual girls at Stranje House encouraged to develop their interests and talents, but they are actually instrumental in altering the course of history. In this book, smart girls kick butt and are so much stronger and more capable than they’ve been made to believe all their lives. These characters will inspire anyone who has ever felt “different” or not accepted for who they are. And it’s a terrifically fun story, too!

About the 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 cougar, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, took way too many classes in college, fell in love at least a dozen times, and married her very own hero. She's written several award-winning Regency romances for adults. A School for Unusual Girls is her first historical romance for young adults.

Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

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