- Goodreads Synopsis -
Fact mixes with fantasy as a hairless blue horse discovered in South Africa in 1860, grazing with a herd of zebra, becomes the object of a quest by a trio of unlikely time travelers. Rosina, an intrepid Victorian young lady, her fiance, Ned York, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London by his uncle, Richard III, and the irascible Olga from Czarist Russia must work together to obtain the horse from its owner, an amiable but none-too-bright English peer who has scandalized his neighbors by marrying a circus bareback rider. Along the way are visits to two bizarre fin de siecle Paris nightclubs and an encounter with a talking brass head who tells the worst ghost stories you have ever heard. There's also a demanding, narcissistic twenty-fourth-century celebrity who wants to make a troupe of convincing-looking fairies appear to Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Rosina encounters an unexpected person on her trip to the past to obtain the blue horse: Her father. He's only nineteen and has no idea who she is. Should she warn him of the railway accident that will kill him twenty-six years in the future and lead to her becoming a time traveler? Complicating things further is a shady character claiming to be an American millionaire who wants the blue horse for reasons of his own.
"As for myself, I was anxious to see the blue horse. I still found it hard to believe that such an extraordinary creature existed."
This is the first book I have read by Jill Hand! I can honestly say that this book is truly something else! It is so unique, full of travel, bright characters, and adventure!
Jill Hand takes us into New Jersey, where time travel is a real thing, and your average travel agency is not what you think it is! We are introduced to Rosina, who just so happens to work at this unique travel agency. What is Rosina going to do when she is asked to go back in time and complete a very difficult/ life threatening task? Can Rosina possibly choose a different, not so crazy task? A task involving a blue horse? If Rosina proceeds with the task originally given to her, someone is going to die. Can Rosina find this blue horse? Can Rosina handle who and what she will see along the way? You will have to pick up this book to find out! I would love to just sit here and type the whole story but I am really trying to not give away any spoilers. Nobody likes spoilers... and you know I am right.
Jill Hand not only takes her readers on a crazy adventure, but she also gives her readers awesome characters! You will meet so many of Rosina's friends throughout the book. My favorite would have to be Olga. Olga is so funny and daring! Her characters and personality stands out so much. It is definitely hard to miss Olga.
"Aren't you afraid you'll go to hell someday, for telling such terrible fibs?"
"Not at all. Remember, we already got thrown out of hell while in paris. I'd say it is the Devil who should watch out for me."
I really enjoyed this book and the way that it was written! I feel like it takes a special author to successfully write a book about time travel and not confuse their readers. I have read a few extremely confusing time travel books. I was a tad bit nervous to start this book in the beginning but as I read, I loved it and thought it was well written. Jill Hand really knows how to paint a picture in your mind and make you feel like you are best friends with her characters. I felt like I was in the past with Rosina, Ned, and Olga trying to find this blue horse that everyone wants! It is always super awesome when you can put yourself in the book and feel like a part of it.
Overall, this book was a very entertaining, short read! If you are a fan of time travel then I highly recommend this book.