Waiting on Wednesday: A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where book nerds share newly anticipated books that we are all excited for. This week’s pick is A School for Unusual Girls which comes out on May 19.

a school for unusual girls by kathleen baldwin

The plot is very familiar to Finishing School and Miss P’s Peculiar Children. Basically you have an all-girls school where females from upper class families are sent to Stranje House to conform into high society’s marriageable ladies. But the real purpose of recruiting these ladies is to turn them into spies and train them in espionage as Europe is entangled into war. Here is the synopsis:

It’s 1814 and Napoleon is exiled on Elba, Britain is at war, and Stranje House has become one of England’s dark secrets as they recruit daughter’s from families of high society and reform them into marriageable young ladies. Or so the parents think while in actuality, the Headmistress Emma Stranje, has other plans for the young girls – plans that involve entangling the girls into espionage, diplomacy, and war.

Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to the Stranje House after setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment. But Georgiana has no plans on becoming a marriageable miss so she decides to escape from school, until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a secret mission to invent invisible ink for the English war, Georgiana and Lord Sebastian must work together without losing their heads and their hearts.

Why I’m waiting: After reading the synopsis, the main female character, Georgiana Fitzwilliam reminds me of Flavia de Luce meets Sophronia. A group of young girls with unusual abilities and are recruited to be spies while England is at war? Yes please! I love reading stories about strange, unusual girls who don’t fit conventional society. It’s clear that these girls are unique in their own way and I love that about them because their character has potential to do more exciting things, in this case, inventing invisible ink to save England from the ravages of war. I’m really intrigued to read this story but I’m also a little hesitant as the book has already received mixed reviews from ARC readers, but I’m still interested in reading this book.

School for Unusual Girls is available for pre-order on Chapters Indigo and you can add it on Goodreads.

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