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352 pages, Hardcover
First published May 19, 2015
This book was highly enjoyable. One part historical fiction, one part espionage in training, it covered some of my very favorite topics. Like most tales this was one so relatable since it was laced with truth. The quick tempo allowed for me to hardly put it down! i love books that I breeze thru yet still really enjoy.
curious, red-headed Georgiana Fitzwilliam, a.k.a. Georgie, isn't living up to her parents sky high expectations of what a suitable young lady should act like. she is incredibly intelligent and like to tinker with scientific experiments, so after a horrible accident in which she caused a huge fire, Georgie is shipped off to the Stranje House. She will presumably be tortured into becoming a woman suitable for marriage. Little do her parents know that is not the plan for her at all.
I was immediately in love with all of the inhabitants of the Stranje house. The subtle supernatural elements made it so interesting to read. Also who doesn't love some good ol' fashion spy training?!? i loved the fact that these women were valued for being themselves and not who they could catch for marriage. The setting being the early 1800's we know this was far from the case as woman held little value in these aspects. The attention to detail was simply spectacular. i found myself googling different terms form the story so I could have the authors images in my mind. Mrs. Baldwin did an amazing job staying true to the era and it shows she put in some serious research which is always appreciated.
There was some romance but it was s low kindle which in my opinion is the best kind. Lord Sebastian Wyatt is charming and intelligent. The relationship between Georgie and Sebastian is my second favorite part of the story!
I think that if you enjoyed any books by Gail Carriger, you would definitely find this very appealing. I can't recommend it enough to any historical fiction fans who love some supernatural elements thrown into the mix!!
This review was originally posted on Please Feed the Bookworm
16-year-old Georgiana Fitzwilliam is a hopeless case, at least as far as her parents are concerned. She’d far rather study chemistry and test the laws of physics than go to debutante balls and try to catch a husband -- an attitude which does not go over well in 1814 England. Just as Napoleon has been exiled from France, Georgiana is exiled to Stranje House, a school which promises to whip such incorrigible girls into a condition suitable for return to polite society. But of course the school is a lot more interesting than that …What do you get when you mix a gothic novel, a Regency romance, and a superheroine comic? This book, which was a really fascinating and fun read.