If you enjoy YA historical books like Y.S. Lee’s The Agency series, Gail Carringer’s Finishing School series, or Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle books, this is a good bet for you. Settle in with a new set of misfit debutantes working to protect their country from Napoleon’s evil clutches. Adventure, romance, and smart girls abound in this delightful little book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it straight through in an evening. The pacing of the adventure means the pacing of romantic relationships is rushed, but it didn’t effect my overall enjoyment. Many girls of Stranje house were still an enigma to me by the end of the book, but that left room for development and surprises in future installments of the series.
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 the girls 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 together in 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…
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.