If you’ve read my last post, you know I picked up Exile for Dreamers by Kathleen Baldwin. And by picked up I mean it was one my Kindle and I didn’t want a literary read or a high fantasy so it was kind of a last resort. Man was I surprised when I felt like I’d reconnected with an old friend like nothing had changed. This book feels like coming home.
Let me give you a little background first. I grabbed the first book in this series, A School for Unusual Girls, apparently sometime in early 2017. I gave it a 5 star rating on Goodreads, bought the second, and…. forgot I liked reading? Yep. I fell out of love with reading and, presumably, into working and overwhelming myself with life.
Here recently I’ve decided I’m going to get back into reading. I downloaded audible and started using those credits that have been piling up. I’ve now finished The House of Hades audiobook and moved on to The Blood of Olympus, but I wanted to physically read something with my eyes as well. So I scrolled through to see what was on my Kindle.
I clicked on Exile for Dreamers with very low expectations. I felt like I hadn’t enjoyed the first book (which I obviously did according to Goodreads) but figured I could push myself and just get back into the habit of reading. I’d planned to read for 5-10 minutes before going to sleep… but two hours later my hubby was begging me to turn off the light and go to bed! I couldn’t put it down!
I’m sure I’ll do a full review of this later but let me just say… Kathleen Baldwin has built such an approachable but immersive world. It’s set in Napoleonic era England around a school designed to teach young women to secure advantageous marriages but not in the way you think.
This world and these characters are so similar to the books that made me want to read as a child that it just feels like coming home. Within the first couple of pages I felt like I’d been wrapped into the comforting pages a childhood favorite while getting the amazing benefit of discovering a new story. This is the perfect book to rock me gently back into the habit of reading.