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Harbor for the Nightingale

(Stranje House #4)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  41 reviews
A girl’s spy school amid Jane Austen’s high society . . .

London, 1814. Emperor Napoleon has forced Europe to its knees, and now he plots to seize control of Britain. Miss Maya Barrington, one of Miss Stranje’s unusual girls, must act as a double agent and rely upon her uncanny gift of persuasion to stop Napoleon.

She brought the mystery of India with her . . .

Maya is from t
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published September 26th 2019 by Ink Lion Books (first published September 20th 2019)
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Lisa Mandina
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am such a huge fan of this series and had been waiting so long for the next book to come out. I was not disappointed in this next installment in the story. In fact, it's left in such a way, that while not a cliffhanger exactly, we're still left needing to know how things will go on. Even though this is actually a bit of an alternate history, there are still those traces of actual history that make me want to go read the true story to know how exactly things did go in real life. We've still got ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Ms Baldwin is a master craftsman with words. Maya may sway others with sound. Ms Baldwin does it with her use of words. Another entrancing story in this intriguing series. Can't get enough of it!! Love her characters, and their commitment to each other and their country. Belonging is such a strong need. Heady when found. These books are a must read, they feed your soul. Can't wait for the next one❣️
Maya Barrington is a fish out of water. She has learned to blend in, to listen, to soothe people with the sound of her voice. There's nothing magical about it, she insists, only something her grandmother in India taught her. With England at war with France, Maya and her friends have been training as secret spies in Miss Stranje's school but Maya longs to return to her native India some day. When a dangerous enemy corners Maya and offers her a way to return home, Maya's loyalties are tested. Shou ...more
Katherine Paschal
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Maya has wanted nothing more but to be returned to India and her beloved Grandmother, but her fate puts her elsewhere. The only other place she felt she belonged was among her friends and mentor at the Stranje House where she can be of use. When she becomes privy to a conspiracy against the Prince of England by invading Napoleon, Maya knows it is her duty to step up and make Stranje House proud- even it means it may cost her lov
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
HARBOR FOR THE NIGHTINGALE is another entertaining addition to this series. Perfect for historical romance fans who like their stories with lovable characters, plenty of chemistry, fun banter, and danger. Those who are fans of the series will enjoy continuing it with Maya, one of Miss Stranje's girls.

It's been interesting reading each one of these books and getting to know each of the girls who live at Miss Stranje's boarding school. They each have their own strengths, talents, hidden pain, wish
Rel Carroll
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I don't think it's possible to read this book too many times! As always, the Stranje House ladies and returning characters are delightful, and while Maya has (for the most part) stayed quiet in the background, this book gives us captivating insight into her incredible character. Her viewpoint is so unique. Maya views the world through sound, and she has the ability to manipulate her voice to influence others-'magic' based on real-world gifts and talents. Her heroic journey to self-confidence and ...more
Samantha Hastings
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lyrically written and utterly irresistible this fourth installment of the Stranje House Novels has a tempo and music of its own.

Maya is a daughter of two worlds, her father is English and her mother was Indian. She can use her voice to influence people and can hear the music of other people’s hearts. She is asked to pretend to be engaged to Lord Kinsworth so that they can influence the Prince Regent not to sign a treaty with Napoleon.
Like the other Stranje House Novels, there is plenty of acti
Sara Cardon
Maya is a unique character who is finding her way through English society -- and as a spy under dire straits. She's paired with Lord Kensworth, who is as seemingly light-hearted as she is serious, and who Maya cannot figure out. Suspense, intrigue, romance, and adventure are all threaded together to tell a yarn of a tale that kept me turning pages!
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**
Note: This is the fourth 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, my review of book two,  HERE, and my review of book three HERE

Harbor For the Nightingale is the fourth book in the Stranje House series by Kathleen Baldwin. The Stranje House series is my absolute favorite alternative history
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
The much anticipated and awaited 4th out of 5 installments in the Stranje school. We’ve seen Tess, Lady Jane, and Georgie each develop as spies, young women, gifted and talented ingenues, and love interests. Now it’s Maya’s turn to use her gift of the voice to help win against Napoleon, and time for her to fall in love. Maya’s backstory is fascinating as is her love story and the odd situation with the Prince Regent. Overall, a very satisfying book. Love it for historic fiction.
Megara Ryan
Please, can this series never end???? I need a hundred more Stranje House books!!!!
Brittany Francis
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoy the whole premise of the series; a fictitious take on history, where 5 brave women secretly defy societies standards for the good of Britain. However, I was incredibly disappointed to find in this book that the woman I felt was one of the stronger females completely lacked character development. She seemed like she would not tolerate men pushing her around, and is often compared to a lioness, but in a paragraph goes from being a strong independent woman who does not want to kiss her suit ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really liked how this series started out. But I think this is my last read in it. Here's why:
Does everyone have to get with someone? Every single person?? And of course all the men are handsome and smart and it's all perfect and love matches and.... It's starting to get on my nerves.
The Napoleon stuff feels a little out of control. The plot keeps getting more and more out of hand. Especially when you consider the people that were really available to help at the time.
No one's story is finishing
Morgan Atkinson
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This has been one of my all time favorite series since I picked up A School for Unusual Girls and each story has just gotten better. It broke my heart when I heard that the publisher wasn't going to publish any more of these and they pretty much just left us hanging. But now the author is back on her own with two more amazing stories!!! This one about Maya is just what I was looking for in a continuance to this beautiful and outstanding series. Maya's story blew me away so many times and of cors ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: l, ebooks-owned
Maya’s story was great! Napoleon is determined to take England and attempts to lure Prince Regent George into a peace agreement. Can Maya stop it with her miraculous ability to control other’s behavior? Can Maya even survive London after Miss. Stranje has officially introduced them to society? A great story with incredible sisterhood. Baldwin’s devotion to studying the complex subject of Maya’s alleged miraculous ability was certainly obvious and I enjoyed reading about it. I can’t wait for Sera ...more
Stephanie A.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can’t help it. I love this series. I loved Maya’s character in this. We had been lacking much of her story and now I’m relishing in it. This book had so much action and so much romance that were perfectly balanced. My only sadness is that we were deprived of the earlier girls for the most part. I was glad Tess got a larger role in the end but I need Kathleen to write up some novellas of the progressing relationships between all the Stranje house girls and their romantic partners. Especially Te ...more
Candice Allen
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed Maya's story and the fascinating gift that she has. This story felt different from the others so it took a little longer to read. I would find myself caught up in the story and then I'd hit portions that were too descriptive such as the palace kicking me out of the story in a way.
I'm not thrilled it ended on a bit of a cliff hanger and I hope the next book comes soon to answer the questions that I'm left with about England and the prince and Sera's story, etc.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Harbor for the Nightingale is part of an amazing series but stands well on its own. The story gives us an intriguing young heroine and a vivid picture of early 1800s Europe. Kathleen Baldwin's writing is beautifully lyrical with similes, metaphors, alliteration, and rich vocabulary. Highly recommended.
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved diving deeper into Maya's character. In the past 3 books we don't see much of her and I found I rather liked her! I loved the idea of hearing people's inner music and and liked that she actually learned the skill instead of it just being magic. I am super excited to read the next book about Sera! Baldwin hinted at Sera's skills a few times and I can't wait to read more.
Lisa Kizer
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sigh. I love this series with all my heart. The worst thing about any of the books is waiting for the next book to come out. The 2nd worse thing is not having anyone else I know love the books as much as I do. Maya has found her love. Sigh.
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was super good and didn't let me down one bit. It was a great installment to the series and I can't wait for book five to come out. I enjoyed it all the way through and read it in one day. I loved following Maya and her struggles were really interesting to read about.
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
This one was slow moving, repetitive, predictable, and the romance was trite and predictable. Definitely the weakest of the four books in the series.

Sex/Nudity: mild (kissing)
Profanity/Language: none
Violence/Gore: mild
Alcohol/Drug Use: none
I always really enjoy the Stranje House books; this one was no different! I can't wait for the next one!
Karen Masters
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Getting quite alternative in the history. But still an enjoyable quick read.
Amelia G
Beautifully descriptive. An amazing addition to the Stranje House series : )
Bri C
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another across packed story from one of my favorite authors. I love getting to see character development of different characters in the series. I hope it ends with Ms. Stranje story and a happy ending for them all. I cannot get enough.
Love this fun series
Madelynn Storm Bolton
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Again! She does it again! Loved this book and will be counting down the days until the final book is released!
Diana Gagliardi
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series, so do my students. :)

This one was so deep, listening to people, things, emotions...

Just lovely.



Books 3 & 4 actually overlapping time made it key that I reread once I had reread all the rest- much easier to keep track of without years in between reads!!

Wonderful. Enjoy!
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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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