Blog Tour: Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin + Giveaway

Posted May 26, 2017 by Samantha in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


Hello all! Welcome to my stop on the Refuge for Masterminds’s blog tour! This is the third book in the Stranje House series, and I’ve loved all the books so much. See my review below, as well as information on the book, author, and a giveaway!

Refuge for Masterminds


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 miniscule 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

Kathleen Baldwin

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.
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As a huge fan of the first two books in this series, I was so excited for the chance to read the third installment. Each book focuses on a different young woman in the Stranje House, and this one takes us into the mind of Lady Jane. Ask anyone but Jane, and they’ll tell you she is a mastermind, a brilliant strategist, planner, and leader. But Jane herself doesn’t think she’s all that, though she knows she is somewhat talented. As the Napoleon plot thickens, her unique skills are needed again and again to save the country. Together with her friends, a roguish American whose smile she can’t seem to forget, and a few new allies, Jane will do her best to mastermind a plan to outwit those who would take the throne. 
One aspect of this series that I love is how unique each girl’s voice is. Each reader will likely have their favorites (as do I), but Baldwin crafts fully dimensional and complex characters regardless, drawing you into their story and them into your heart. Jane’s voice is very intriguing: practical, a bit broody, and with a sharp tongue at the best times. I loved watching her grow more sure of herself as the story progressed, each chapter building up to an action packed climax.
The romance is a lovely opposites attract trope. Mr. Sinclair is American, brash, and cares little for societal rules. Jane, whose family comes with a title, has been fighting to keep her estate and family’s name in at least a somewhat good reputation, but she also hides a secret that she knows will prevent her from finding freedom. Their banter-filled dialogue is a delight.
If you’re in the mood for a historical romance/mystery/adventure, I highly recommend this series!
 Tour Schedule:
May 22nd Monday JeanBookNerd VLOG & INTERVIEW
May 23rd Tuesday Book Briefs REVIEW & FAVORITE BOOKS
May 23rd Tuesday CBY Book Club EXCERPT
May 24th Wednesday Bookish Things & More REVIEW & MUSIC PLAYLIST 
May 24th Wednesday Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT 
May 25th Thursday Bibliobibuli YA REVIEW & INTERVIEW 
May 25th Thursday Whatever You Can Still Betray EXCERPT 
May 26th Friday Mama Reads Blog REVIEW & FILL IN THE BLANKS 
May 26th Friday The Forest of Words and Pages REVIEW 
May 27th Saturday Mary Had a Little Book Blog REVIEW 
May 27th Saturday Jump Into Books REVIEW & EXCERPT 
May 28th Sunday Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW & FAVORITE THINGS 
May 29th Monday Crossroad Reviews REVIEW 
May 29th Monday Mother.Gamer.Writer RANDOM THINGS 
May 30th Tuesday A Dream Within a Dream REVIEW & DREAM CAST
May 31st Wednesday Reading for the Stars and Moon REVIEW 
May 31st Wednesday BookHounds YA TENS LIST

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