My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another excellent "Stranje House" tale, a sequel to A School For Unusual Girls. The first book was about an academy for girls who didn't fit into their neat little cubbyholes in Regency England, girls who had "abilities" that scared their families, or who liked to study engineering, or take long runs every morning. Their fed-up families would send them to Miss Stranje's school, known for its strict discipline and draconian measures.
What the clueless families didn't realize is Miss Stranje's school takes these unusual girls and hones their abilities in service to the King and the fight against Napoleon and England's enemies.
This second novel focuses on Tess, who suffers from dreams that come true, and who fears her life will end in madness as it did for her mother and grandmother. Tess also harbors a tendre for Lord Ravencross, the brooding and wounded neighbor whose estate borders the school's property.
This is another satisfying Regency paranormal YA with mystery, intrigue, and girls who aren't afraid to be themselves. Two more romances are set up with other characters, so we can look forward to more tales of Miss Stranje's school for unusual girls. I would definitely recommend this novel to older teens who are curious about the allure of Regency romances and who like strong heroines and dreamy heroes.
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