I read this solely for the historical sections. When I started I didn't think I could care less about Jo and her many attempts to reinvent herself, but I was wrong. I could indeed care less, as evidenced by my skipping her sections completely instead of skimming. I was satisfied by the conclusion of the historical plot, though I even started to lose interest in that after guessing (correctly) far in advance who had killed whom and why (the twist ending wasn't so twisty after all). I think I would have enjoyed this two-book series more if it had been one book focusing on the historical plot, leaving Jo out entirely. I doubt I'll be looking for more by Orna Ross.