A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House, #1) by Kathleen Baldwin

A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House, #1)  by Kathleen Baldwin

After meeting the author at a book convention, I really liked what she had to say and wanted to support her and her new book. This book can be described as a historical fiction, romance, spy novel (although the spy part is not directly referred too). The main character is Georgina and she is sent to a boarding school that is for girls that are not wife material. Finding a husband is the least of her concerns, especially when she thinks she could help prevent deaths. Once Georgina gets to her new school, there are a lot of surprises in store for her. This book does a good job of showing what a young women was expected to do during the 19th century while also getting into the French and British relations of the banishment of Napoleon. Even though this is a romance, it does not go too far and at the most there is kissing because, this is 19th century London, girls are not allowed to show their ankles let alone kiss a boy. This would be a good book for someone who likes to read fluffy books, especially because it sneaks in some social commentary and history. There was also something about this book that made it compelling and hard to put down. While at the school Georgina finally finds friends that make her no longer feel like an outcast. Which gives and shows a good message about accepting oneself and what true friendship is. I would definitely recommend this book, but be warned that there are a lot of female stereotypes and expectations that have changed since then but are still frustrating to read about. It is important to acknowledge that these were there, but they are now changing. Even though this book addresses a lot of them, there are still times that a strong female character is not fully shown, but this book can only address so many stereotypes at once. While at other times it is refreshing because the main female character does not need to be rescued by a “manly” man (but is actually the one doing the rescuing).  I am giving this four stars, because it was good and compelling but there were times the wording could get a little tedious and was not the best choice. I. I would also say that this book is a cross between Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld and Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger.


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