The Friday 56 #161 ~ Refuge For Masterminds

Posted: July 28, 2017 in historical romance, The Friday 56, YA
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Welcome to The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice.


This is a really fun meme!

The only rules are to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader and find a sentence or a few (no spoilers) that grabs you and post it.

Then go over to Freda’s Voice and leave your link so we can visit your 56!

My 56 for this week is from:

Refuge For Masterminds

Stranje House Series #3

  by Kathleen Baldwin



My 56 from the hard cover book

“They only have three choices.” I tick the possibilities off on my fingers. “They must either attempt to steal the steamship, waylay it on its voyage, or abduct Mr. Sinclair and beat the actual plans out of him.”


Read on if you want to know more.


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 out who it is. If anyone can discover the traitor, it is Jane—for, according to headmistress Emma Stranje, Lady Jane is a mastermind.

Jane doesn’t consider herself a mastermind. It’s just that she tends to grasp the facts of a situation quickly, and by doing so, she’s able to devise and implement a sensible course of action. Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save the brash young American inventor Alexander Sinclair, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?



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  1. OMG! A beautiful looking book! I’d buy that just for the cover to show off on Instagram…. lol (It’s also very Ravenclaw!) Would love to start with the 1st in the series.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      All three covers are lovely. I just finished the first book and moving on the second one.

  2. Kathy Martin says:

    I didn’t know this book existed. I read and enjoyed the first two books. This week I have Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock. Happy reading!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I’m in the middle of the second one and having fun with the series. It’s got me real curious about this one too.

  3. Beautiful cover and great excerpts! Enjoy…and thanks for sharing. Here’s mine: “EMMA IN THE NIGHT”

    • fuonlyknew says:

      This is a fun series. Lots of intrigue and fun. Your excerpt was a good one too. I’d like to read Emma In The Night:)

  4. Freda Mans says:

    OOOHHHH, so much better than I expected it to be!! LOL I love that 56! :-) Happy weekend!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      The covers for this series are lovely and there’s quite a surprise inside the books. Deeper than you’d expect!

  5. Love the cover and it sounds interesting! :)

    Friday memes

    • fuonlyknew says:

      These are fun, Stormi. Not my normal genre and glad I got the chance to read them.

  6. Greg Hill says:

    “beat the actual plans out of him” ha ha love that. these books are fun…

  7. Yvonne says:

    I don’t usually read this genre, but that cover is beautiful and it sounds good too.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Not my usual genre either, but these are proving to be fun and deeper than I expected.

  8. Candid Cover says:

    I have read the first book in this series and I am so excited about reading the rest of the books in the series. It sounds like some exciting things are going to happen in the third book! I am hoping that they steal the steamship. 😉

  9. Ashley S. says:

    That cover!!! So pretty! That little snippet has me super intrigued. I really need to check out this series! Thanks for sharing! Happy reading! :)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I got caught by surprise with the series. Much more fun than I thought they would be:)

  10. All sound like reasonable options. LOL! This keeps shaping up to be a fun read!

  11. Katherine P says:

    This series is high on my TBR. I’ve heard amazing things about it. The 56 sounds like they’re going on quite an adventure. What options!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I’m anxious to finish the second book so I can find out what happens in this one!

  12. bevbou says:

    That 56 sounds great, and I also love the cover. Perhaps I’ll have to start with the first in the series?

  13. I love the look and sound of this one! Thanks for sharing, Laura! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me