Rating: 5/5 stars
A History Interrupted Book 1
Short Summary: When Josie is surveyed while visiting a tourist location, she is asked on important question: “If you could change history, would you?” This question spirals her into the past, where she must overcome objectives in order to return home, if she survives long enough to get back.
You won’t be able to put this one down!
I love Lizzy Ford’s strong female characters, and Josie doesn’t disappoint.
I absolutely LOVED the ending of this book. I was emotionally attached to the journey Josie and I had taken together throughout the story, and (not to give too much away) I enjoy a great twist at the end. Falling in love with characters and then losing them makes readers really feel what the main character feels, which I think is one of the most important aspects of a good story.
However, it did feel like it would take forever before Lizzy got the next book out to us, so the ending was absolute torture to all of us die-hard fans!
Another wonderful thing about this story is that by the end of West and the beginning of East, you and Josie have both built up this wall emotionally in the attempt to keep from becoming attached to certain characters again–just in case. This is really important as the story transitions into Josie’s continuous travels later on and the interactions she has with others. It becomes a personal objective that she (and you) have to overcome to continue on with her mission throughout history.
Overall, I’m obsessed with this series. This is one of the best time-traveling books I’ve read in a long time. It has the perfect balance of suspense, mystery, and a tad bit of romance to keep you blushing.
Short Summary: After a tragic parting in the Old West, Josie is thrown back into the Mongol Empire and attempts to escape her enemies, while being cut off from Carter. When she meets Batu, Josie is guarded and has to work through her emotional issues to open up her heart to trust again.
My Review: Lizzy Ford has a way of forcing you to become emotionally involved with her characters, and then she throws a curve ball, smacking you in the face.
Josie continues to be one of my favorite female characters because it’s really easy to relate to her and how she responds to certain situations. In this story, she really steps up and begins to make her own decisions since she is not in communication with Carter currently.
Speaking of Carter… WHERE IS HE? What in the world is going on?
I feel like this was definitely a “filler” story to help build up characters and make a few more connections, but it didn’t really answer any of the questions that West left me with. I’m totally okay with this though because Lizzy pulled it off and I love it!
If there is one person I could sit down with and talk to about her writing technique and process, it would be Lizzy. I’d love to see how she organizes her thoughts and outlines for her book series. For now, I’ll continue to try to channel her daily as I attempt to motivate myself to write and wait impatiently for the next release of this series!
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary via Goodreads: “Josie Jackson is whisked further into the past, to the era of Vikings and the (almost) eternal winters of Norway. Carter, the mastermind behind her foray through time, reveals that she’ll be remaining there for six years – assuming she survives the first winter. To complicate matters, Josie has an unexpected health condition, one that threatens her life more than the frigid cold, Viking raids and wild animals.”
My Review: Lizzy Ford’s done it again! ♥ I sat down to read this book last night and couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it.
The pace, tension, and nonstop action kept me glued to the page and huddled under my covers (I was worried my cat might come attack my foot at the worst possible moment, and was terrified with no tall tree to hide in. lol).
The biggest difference between this book and the others is Josie’s character change. She’s changing to adapt to her surroundings to protect those who are precious to her, instead of relying a man/husband to protect her.
Carter, the evil genius who’s been throwing her around in time, is as infuriating as ever. However, this is the first time I made a prediction about his character while I was reading North, and I’m excited to say, “I KNEW IT!” Love the kink Lizzy threw in at the end, adding to the tension. Readers are going to flip out over this, especially since she leaves you you hanging.
Even with the mini cliff-hanger at the end, the conflict of this particular story in the series is met by the ending. The book is well written and characters are well developed. Lizzy Ford’s writing style is one of my all-time favorites, and the book covers for all three of the History Interrupted series are beautiful.
This has become a series I impatiently anticipate release dates of. Grab a copy of these three books immediately and get on the Lizzy Ford crazy fan train with me! I’m obsessed with all her books. She’s fantastic.