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Refuge for Masterminds

(Stranje House #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  817 ratings  ·  111 reviews
It’s 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war…

Napoleon’s invasion of England is underway and someone at Stranje House is sneaking information to his spies. Lady Jane Moore is determined to find
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by Tor Teen
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Kathleen Baldwin Hi Maegann! Thank you for your excitement for my next novel! Unfortunately, no this book is not out yet. I just recently finished final edits for the …moreHi Maegann! Thank you for your excitement for my next novel! Unfortunately, no this book is not out yet. I just recently finished final edits for the book with my editor, so it will start going through production soon. It should be available this upcoming Spring 2017.
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Mary H
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yesssssss Refuge really picked up the pace! Review coming soon!
C.B. Calsing
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a teacher of middle-school students, I’m always looking for books I can enthusiastically recommend to my students. Particularly, I keep an eye out for books with positive female role models, characters who are quirky and confident and gifted. Kathleen Baldwin’s Refuge for Masterminds gives me not just one girl for my students to look up to, but several. In addition, Emma Stranje, the headmistress of the school for unusual girls, is a teacher who is brilliant and mysterious. Who doesn’t love t ...more
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Note: This is the third book in a series that must be read in order.
If you are new to the Stranje House series, check out my review of book one, A School for Unusual Girls HERE
and my review of book two, HERE

Refuge for Masterminds is the third book in the Stanje House series by Kathleen Baldwin. I absolutely loved, the first book in the series, A School for Unusual Girls, and the second book, Exile for
Again, Miss Kathleen Baldwin has outdone herself!! This book was amazing! I absolutely loved all the suspense, the romance, the tension, and my goodness all that action! I loved how it made me physically tense up when worrying that she would get caught, gush over a very charming Mr. Sinclair, dread the anticipation of mounting danger, and squeal with excitement at all the action-packed scenes!

I really liked the introduction to all the new characters, and was very curious about Ladies Jersey, Ca
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love these girls, I! Need! Moreeee!
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
4.5 Stars

REFUGE FOR MASTERMINDS is a steadily moving historical romance with delightful characters, plenty of danger, and a well plotted story that is sure to engage the reader from beginning to end. Highly recommended to historical romance readers who enjoy the mix of espionage and a boarding school to London setting!

I love this series! I particularly loved the banter between Jane and Alexander in this third book. It was so much fun and definitely made me laugh. They were both marvelous charact
Jes Drew
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Of all the Stranj school girls, I think the one I'm most like Jane. I live the way she thinks and the way she scolds Alexander- and the way our loveable American representative teases her. All the romances are sweet, but theirs might be my favorite. It was also nice to see a love interest fibally step forward for Maya- it'll be gun to get both hers and Sera's stories. Though I wonder if I'll enjoy them as much as this one. Can't wait for book four so we can see what happens next in not only thei ...more
Eh, I suppose I was a bit burned out on this series, but just . . . the romance is one of those where the characters' bickering just makes it seem like they don't like each other. Jane has a big secret that she withholds from the reader for far too long.

And I'm not sure I quite buy her as a "mastermind." So much of being a mastermind--being able to predict events and calculate other people's actions--is life experience, which she doesn't have.
Lisa Mandina
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review to come next week on Lisa Loves Literature.
Lady Jane Moore is considered a mastermind among her group of friends, all students at Miss Stranje's School for unusual girls. Jane doesn't consider herself a mastermind, merely managing and bossy! She wants to be like her hero, Miss Stranje, and give up everything to save England from Napoleon's evil clutches. Everyone knows there is a traitor at Stranje House and Jane is determined to find out who it is and keep secrets from getting to the villains. Only the girls of Stranje House know of the ...more
Stephanie Ward
'Refuge for Masterminds' is the third installment in an exciting YA historical fantasy series. It picks up where the last book left off - with our main character, Lady Jane, trying to find a way to tip the war in England's favor. The story is told from Lady Jane's point of view, which gives us a great inside look at her character and all the different aspects of her personality - thoughts, fears, dreams, emotions, desires, etc. - and made her a fantastic main character who was easy to identify w ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as much as I loved the first two!! This series is perfection and I hope she continues with Maya and Seres stories! Jane is strong in her own way and I love how she is such a great heroine!
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Refuge for Masterminds is the latest installment of the School for Unusual Girls series and the best one yet. The hallmark of this series is that each book has a different POV- there are five girls training to be spies in Regency England- and this time the focus is on Jane. Each girl has a unique skill and Jane's strength is her ability to see several steps ahead in any situation- hence the mastermind of the title. Of the five she also seems to be the one that Emma Stranje, the headmistress, is ...more
Rachel Meyer
Another amazing Stranje House novel. I've loved this series since I discovered book one and I can't wait to see where it goes next.

This book focuses on Lady Jane (who's name always makes me think of Jane Gray, but she's not). Her special talent is that she's a mastermind. Basically she has a mind a bit like Sherlock's, with his ability to see people as players on a board and predict their moves. No, she can't make deductions like he can (that's Sera), but she is razor sharp and an awesome charac
Sara Cardon
Refuge for Masterminds has so many swoony moments, humor, and a wonderful finale. Jane and Alexander are great leading characters. The story begins with the two of them together, right off the bat.

Lady Jane is proper and polished. I love how much like a governess she is, and how she's teased about it. She doesn't trust anyone enough to share her secrets or self doubts.

Alexander is a sweet American blundering the rules of Regency England. He's an inventor and his enthusiasm for his work is fantas
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Refuge for Masterminds is a fast-paced, humor-filled regency-era story about Lady Jane Moore.
Going into this book, I had already formed an opinion about Jane and the American inventor Alexander Sinclair. Alexander first appeared in Exile for Dreamers, book two in this series. He and Lady Jane have an interesting relationship, full of sarcasm and witty remarks that will keep you from ever becoming bored with the relationship subplot.
On that note, I enjoyed how the relationship between Jane and
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I greatly enjoy the premise behind these books, and the strong, spunky girls are quite an interesting lot. The story has lots of adventure and good attention to politics of the Regency period. However, I just don't enjoy it when novels written in the present tense (weren't the first two in past tense?), and it made it really hard to truly get into the story; as such, I noticed a lot more nit-picky grammatical and cultural errors than I might have otherwise (for instance, calling someone a cabbag ...more
Diane Estrella
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another winner!

Can I just say how much I love first person writing??!?!?! It is fascinating, in a series such as this one, to get the "inside scoop" on what is really going on in each of the girls' brains. So much fun. I am really enjoying how each book puts the focus on one of the girls and how they got to be where they are today. The stories are brilliantly interwoven and make each girl shine. Along with the lovely ladies are the swoon-worthy men. Each is unique and perfectly suited for their
Connie Chabok
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book 3 in The Stranje House series did not disappoint. Lady Jane and Mr. Sinclair are absolutely perfect together!! Looking forward to Book 4!! Lady Daneska must be put in her place!
Mrs. Bookworm
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, it's kind of unfair since the girls are really the main focus of this series, but I must admit that I am in love with all the heroes from Sebastian to Gabriel, Lord Ravencross, to Alexander and I kind of want to read more about these couples.

Anyway, I like this book. Jane is kind of funny and calculating and I like how she hates but loves Alexander all at the same time and calls him "her boorish American".

This book had a faster pace compared to the other two, I read this in less than a day
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I love the Stranje House series. I don't think I like Lady Jane as much as Georgie and Tessa. She is brilliant but a bit of a drama girl. She has this, in her mind, huge dark secret but when it is revealed it ends up not being that big of a deal. I enjoyed the role the Patronesses played in the plot.
As usual I love Kathleen Baldwin's afterword. We never know who we are affecting and how.
Blythe Penland
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was truly wonderful. I have so enjoyed reading of the adventures of Miss Stranje’s girls this past year. I’m not sure if any other Stranje House novels are in the works, but I do hope so. I liked seeing Jane’s point of view for the story. Georgie was a curious and fiery young thing, Tess was a tormented and tough-as-nails girl, but Jane was practical. I have to admit, she did remind me of myself quite often. She doesn’t give herself enough credit for her talent. She doesn’t u ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can I scream?? YES YES AND YES this is the story I have been waiting for and man I really dont want this series to end! I really love how these books that even though its in a different POV you dont miss anything as the series goes along its way. I really love this way of storytelling. And this one I just couldnt down!

I love Lady Jane! Her mind is so amazing and this book in her POV was so GOOD! I will defintly be rereading these again soon! I was so sad that I didnt have time to share much (AN
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm enjoying this series so much. Bring on book number four!
Kathy Martin
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Lady Jane's story. Lady Jane was sent to Stranje house by her older brothers after her parents' deaths. She thinks of herself as plain and average and can't figure out why her friends love her. However, she is being groomed to be a mastermind since she has a strong ability to plan and think three or four steps ahead of everyone. This comes in quite handy since the young ladies of Stranje House and the patronesses of British society are all spies trying to keep Napoleon from conquering En ...more
Franca Pelaccia
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set in 1814 England during the Napoleonic era, Refuge for Masterminds focuses on Lady Jane Moore, one of the five young and gifted women sent to Stranje House, a school for unusual girls. Their families believe these girls are having their “unusualness” knocked out of them when in actual fact their gifts are being used and the girls secretly trained and prepared to become spies. In this third installment of the Stranje House series, it is up to Lady Jane and her sharp mind to find out who is pas ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
What a great story! I absolutely love the ladies of Stranje House. Lady Jane and Mr. Sinclair are a perfect match for one another.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start? Well to be perfectly honest, I really didn't think that I would enjoy reading from Jane's perspective, as she seemed perfectly stuck up and pushy. But as I started to read and see her story unfold and read about her secrets, I had a better understanding of her and I absolutely loved her story.

Lady Jane has a few secrets. Secrets about her past with her parents, her brothers and a certain Lord. Miss Stranje decides to take the girls to London for a coming out party and Jane is
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
the best!
so far
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is another one of those books where I didn't know it was the third book and not the first one. But with that said I wasn't really lost while reading it. I found myself completely wrapped up in this storyline and characters and it made me want to go back and read the first two books so I could understand all the girls and the Stranje House school where they are being trained in the world of spies and war. I really like all the girls they are each strong in their own way but they love one ano ...more
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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.
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