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The Blue Horse by Jill Hand

The Blue Horse
by Jill Hand

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Kellan Publishing (January 16, 2016)
Publication Date: January 16, 2016
Genre: Time Travel Fantasy
Print Length: 180 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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 fiancé, 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 si?cle 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.

 The Blue Horse by Jill Hand

The Blue HorseWhat do you get the Time Traveler who has almost everything? Where do you go to find the perfect gift? A better question for time travelers, WHEN will you find the perfect gift?
Like the unicorn, THE BLUE HORSE doesn’t exist, but once upon a time, it did. It is up to three time traveling agents to make a special journey to obtain the last blue horse and bring it back to the future. Rosina, from the Victorian era, Ned, once a prisoner in his Uncle Richard III’s Tower of London and Olga, the Russian woman you do NOT want to cross!
As these ageless and almost immortal agents go back to the nineteenth century in search of their prize, be prepared to meet characters, both quirky and charming, as well as those of a more devious and nefarious persuasion. Let’s not forget a few surprising plot twists, because what is a good tale without twists?

We all KNOW one should never interfere with another’s fate that has already become history. It interrupts the space time/continuum or something, possibly wreaking havoc on the future of the world, but Rosina never expected to find a teen version of her late father while on her mission. Does she tell him of his fate? Tell him who she is? What she knows? Can Rosina risk her own life or let Fate run its course?

Jill Hand’s THE BLUE HORSE is a quirky and wildly entertaining jaunt into the past, unlike any time travel tale you have read. Ms. Hand has an imagination that will captivate readers as she brings her characters to life! Brilliant dialogue and a wicked-fast pace filled with a smattering of real history painted a slightly fantastical hue make this a colorfully clever must read!

I received this copy from Jill Hand in exchange for my honest review.

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