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 minuscule 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?
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
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.
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.
My favorite Historical Research sites.
- A must have for learning Regency Cant: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/47018
- If you want a site for finding out what the Brit’s say about history this is a fine one: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/
- Want to know what a Regency Townhouse looked like: http://rth.org.uk/local-history/brunswick-town/tour-of-house
- Flora and Fauna: http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Europe/United-Kingdom-FLORA-AND-FAUNA.html
- For all things Austen, I love this site: https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/
- Life ion old London: https://www.londonlives.org/
- Maps of England and old London, two sites: https://www.locatinglondon.org/
- I have books and fabric samples in my office, but if you want a place to start online: https://www.kristenkoster.com/a-primer-on-regency-era-mens-fashion/
- want to know about crime and punishment in jolly old England, this site is a must: https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/
But just in case you meant historical places . . .
Top 10 Historical places I’d love to visit or see again:
- Jerome, Arizona An abandoned silver mining town. When I was a little kid they had a music box museum there that I will never forget. A mechanical gypsy played a violin, a harp plucked it’s own strings, ballerinas twirled to music, player pianos . . . sigh.
- Florence, Italy where I could see a model of Da Vinci’s wings like the ones Georgie and Lady Jane used in A School for Unusual Girls.
- Bath, England. (I want to go to the Jane Austen Festival.)
- Chatsworth House
- Blenheim Palace
- Wales (I want to see where my great grandmother was born.)
- San Francisco, Golden Gate Park.
- Montezuma’s Castle (When I was a little girl I got to climb into this amazing artifact of history before they closed it off)
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