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The River of No Return My rating 2.5 of 5 starsA copy of The River of No Return was provided to me by Dutton Adult for review purposes.Time travel is a tricky subject It has to make at least a modicum of sense no matter how outlandish you wish the concept to be River of No Return handled this aspect of the story quite well and managed to create a different form of time travel that I had not personally encountered in novels before While I believe it to of been managed well it was still one of theunbelievable My rating 2.5 of 5 starsA copy of The River of No Return was provided to me by Dutton Adult for review purposes.Time travel is a tricky subject It has to make at least a modicum of sense no matter how outlandish you wish the concept to be River of No Return handled this aspect of the story quite well and managed to create a different form of time travel that I had not personally encountered in novels before While I believe it to of been managed well it was still one of theunbelievable versions with resonant emotions linking individuals to the past allowing them to access those moments in time I m not sure I was really sold on the whole concept.The story definitely went on far longer than necessary I can t help but think I would have enjoyed it farif it was condensed down because parts of the story felt long and drawn out The story had a slow but steady build up in the beginning but still took forever to really get going I read about 1 3 of this novel before setting it aside for a short time and then coming back to it all in all it took me about a month to read which is pretty much unheard of for me.It definitely had a distinct Outlander feel to it and it was also reminiscent of A Discovery of Witches minus the supernatural creatures, and despite the fact that I love both of those books I just failed to connect with this one The characters were well drawn but didn t generate any interest for me Add to that, the characters in the past didn t act like characters in the past should Julia was extremely modern sounding and certainly didn t act like a normal woman of her time, despite how progressive she may be I was under the impression that this was a stand alone novel yay for that extremely rare beastie , however, it appears that this is only the first installment of a new series trilogy not sure While I enjoyed parts of this I m not sure I m interested enough to continue I ll definitely keep an eye out for additional works by this author as it s obvious she s quite talented, this story and I just weren t meant to be unfortunately. I must confess my initial interest in Bee Ridgway s debut, The River of No Return, was superficial I fell in love with the gorgeous cover TheI read about the premise a time travelling historical romance, with an emphasis on the romance thedubious I became Then there s the fact that it has been widely compared to We are cowards, really, we time travelers We cheat death over and over Jumping away from one story into another Always pursuing the hope of another day In Bee Ridgway s wonderfully imaginative debut novel, a man and a woman travel through time in a quest to bring down a secret society that controls the past and, thus, the future On the coverYou are now a member of the Guild There is no return Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott, soldieWe are cowards, really, we time travelers We cheat death over and over Jumping away from one story into another Always pursuing the hope of another day In Bee Ridgway s wonderfully imaginative debut novel, a man and a woman travel through time in a quest to bring down a secret society that controls the past and, thus, the future On the coverYou are now a member of the Guild There is no return Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott, soldier and aristocrat, wakes up in a hospital bed in modern London The Guild, an entity that controls time travel, showers him with life s advantages But Nick yearns for home and for one brown eyed girl, lost now down the centuries Then the Guild asks him to break its own rule It needs Nick to go back to 1815 to fight the Guild s enemies and to find something called the Talisman.In 1815, Julia Percy mourns the death of her beloved grandfather, an earl who could play with time On his deathbed he whispers in her ear Pretend Pretend what When Nick returns home as if from the dead, older than he should be and battle scarred, Julia begins to suspect that her very life depends upon the secrets Grandfather never told her Soon enough Julia and Nick are caught up in an adventure that stretches up and down the river of time As their knowledge of the Guild and their feelings for each other grow, the fate of the future itself is hanging in the balance.When I was contacted and asked to consider reading and reviewing this story, my first reply was something to the effect, It sounds great, but I don t do time travel The reply I received in return thanked me for my honesty, asking me to reconsider because this time travel story is different I thought but kept that thought to myself Yes, that s what they all say, but I agreed, even though I was certain I d only make it through five or so chapters before tossing in the towel And yet, here I am, forty six chapters later, so very happy that I did reconsider because this turned out to be a very enjoyable, thought provoking story The River of No Return is not science fictiony, nor is it steeped in fantasy or magic And while this is a romance, and there is some steam, the majority of this story is about the Guild, the Ofan, time travel, and how sometimes the things we do, no matter how small, can change the future, for good or for bad The world Bee Ridgway has created is complex, and if I give my imagination free rein, I can almost believe it s possible that such a world exists There are many players in this story, and all of them are characters who fit, regardless of their time past, present, or future Each is a person with a life they left behind through no choice of their own, and that makes them people I feel for, people I wonder about, and people I want to know better.The bottom line Ms Ridgway has taken a genre that has, until now, completely turned me off, and has given it a fascinating plausibility that sthan just entertaining, it s compelling This isn t a quick read, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the story I do wish there had beentime given to Nick and Julia and their growing relationship what can I say I m a hopeless romantic but the world is so intriguing that I was completely captivated, start to finish.I m hoping there will bebooks to come because I absolutely must find out what becomes of Jem My sincere thanks to Sarah at Dutton Adult, Penguin Group, for offering a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review I m sorry I doubted you At the point of death on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nicholas Falcott finds himself jumping forward in time nearly 200 years and in the care of an organisation called The Guild He doesn t know how he got there, just that he can never go back However after 10 years in the modern world he is told that he must do just that and that the future of the world depends on it.The cover blurb of The River of No Return compares it to The Time Traveller s Wife, but as I m the only person in the Western hem At the point of death on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nicholas Falcott finds himself jumping forward in time nearly 200 years and in the care of an organisation called The Guild He doesn t know how he got there, just that he can never go back However after 10 years in the modern world he is told that he must do just that and that the future of the world depends on it.The cover blurb of The River of No Return compares it to The Time Traveller s Wife, but as I m the only person in the Western hemisphere who hasn t read that, it didn t give me any clue to what this novel might be about I m not really a reader of fantasy or sci fi i.e anything with time travel in it , though I m always happy to expand the genres I read, but I m a huge fan of Doctor Who, so I m obviously not against a bit a lot of time travelling in fiction Again on the Doctor Who theme, I m always up for a bit of requited or unrequited love across the eons I also read a lot of chick lit although I don t really like calling it that , so have nothing against a good love story.All this meant I was keen to read this doorstop of a book and I enjoyed the first few chapters, but found that my interest waned after that The ideas were interesting, but I didn t feel that the characters drew me in sufficiently and I thought pacing was a problem Some sections felt like wading through treacle with endless passages of people sitting round discussing the ins and outs of time travel and what time travellers can and can t do I understand that sometimes a writer has to do this kind of thing when trying to convey complex concepts, but there was just too much of it to be interesting The longueurs are interspersed with periods of feverish action which can seem overdone in the context of the rest of the book.I didn t feel that any of the characters were particularly well drawn and some were just walking stereotypes The 19th century female characters just felt like modern women dropped into that era, they didn t behave as I would expect from my readings of novels of the time, and this had the result of eroding my trust in the author to know what she was doing.There was also an irritating quirk of placing small almost subliminal clues in the modern part of the book to trigger recognition in the reader that we re in contemporary London A couple of examples of this was the inclusion of The Shard, and ads on the side of taxis for The Book of Mormon musical, which hasn t yet opened at the time I write this I found this unnecessary and annoying, rather than helpful, so it just made me cross.In the same way that many current films are too long, I felt this novel went on and on and on It would have been a sharper,involving read had it been shorter More is not necessarily better and a comprehensive cull of much of the sitting round discussing time travel would have made itenjoyable.There s also the issue of the presumably forthcoming sequel and having to leave enough loose ends to facilitate this Does every novel now have to be part of a trilogy Can we not have stand alone books, complete worlds in themselves, which we can read and put down totally satisfied without having to wait for the next adventures of the characters Trilogies are getting out of hand now, for the love of God please stop it I felt like there was a good, shorter book trying to fight its way out of The River Of No Return, but sadly it failed, leaving me with a novel that had some good ideas but that I didn t enjoy as much as I hoped I would It s always fun to be surprised by a book you never expected to land on your lap THE RIVER OF NO RETURN was not a book on my radar until one day I received an email that brightened my eyes and made me determined to read this debut by author Bee Ridgway It s a book that blends genres to the point where the word genre no longer makes sense it s science fiction, historical, romance, action adventure, mystery, and so muchAnd trust me, it might be close to 500 pages, but it gripped me and It s always fun to be surprised by a book you never expected to land on your lap THE RIVER OF NO RETURN was not a book on my radar until one day I received an email that brightened my eyes and made me determined to read this debut by author Bee Ridgway It s a book that blends genres to the point where the word genre no longer makes sense it s science fiction, historical, romance, action adventure, mystery, and so muchAnd trust me, it might be close to 500 pages, but it gripped me and refused to let me go until the very last word.GENRE BENDING FUNWhile THE RIVER OF NO RETURN is a hard book to peg to any genre, it s a book that takes the best of things from different categories of fiction and creates a mind bending experience Following Nick an English marquess taken from a Spanish battlefield and sent to the year 2000 as he is about to die and Julia a young spinster who is one of the most powerful manipulators of time ever, even if she doesn t realize it , THE RIVER OF NO RETURN takes place at multiple times, from current day back to 1815, where Nick is dispatched by The Guild to hunt down the Ofan Or so he thinks THE RIVER OF NO RETURN takes genres, throws them in a blender, and pours out a giant delicious smoothie of flavors, times, characters, and sensations The characters are mostly well constructed and portrayed, even if there are a few clunkers, such as the underuse of Nick s mother and stereotypical use of Nick s sister and Julia s best friend Bella And of course there are characters with secret agendas, hidden identities, and realities that are uncovered with each page.TWISTS AND TURNSOne of the best things about THE RIVER OF NO RETURN is the fact that when you think you ve figured the story out, you realize that you were very, very wrong I still have theories about what will happen in book two, and theories that were soundly debunked in book one Sometimes, that character you think is the bad guy all along isn t the bad guy after all Or is he Really, I still don t know But that ending Trust me, you will be salivating over the very idea that book two and eventually book three will be coming to you, complete withtwists and turns and romance.VERDICT One of my favorite novels of 2013 so far, THE RIVER OF NO RETURN is a sensational mix of historical romance and action packed science fiction that will appeal to fans of literary fiction and genre delights A definite must read 4 stars It was great I loved it A wonderful story about time travel, secret elite organizations and an enjoyable love story because don t all great time travel novels have romance in them I don t often say this, but I am pleased to discover the author is working on a sequel one I would pick up without hesitation Favorite Quote No man is a man until he is made weak by a woman.First Sentence Julia sat beside her grandfather s bed, holding hi 4 stars It was great I loved it A wonderful story about time travel, secret elite organizations and an enjoyable love story because don t all great time travel novels have romance in them I don t often say this, but I am pleased to discover the author is working on a sequel one I would pick up without hesitation Favorite Quote No man is a man until he is made weak by a woman.First Sentence Julia sat beside her grandfather s bed, holding his hand The French have a spectacular dessert known as croquembouche a neatly stacked pile of cream filled pastry puffs, wrapped with caramelized sugar Creating it takes a master s skill with pastry dough, egg custards and confectionerie, and a generous dose of patience and attention to detail The River of No Return is a literary croquembouche Just reading the first page filled me with delight, hunger and a rapacious desire to consume the entire thing, and then two or threejust like it The French have a spectacular dessert known as croquembouche a neatly stacked pile of cream filled pastry puffs, wrapped with caramelized sugar Creating it takes a master s skill with pastry dough, egg custards and confectionerie, and a generous dose of patience and attention to detail The River of No Return is a literary croquembouche Just reading the first page filled me with delight, hunger and a rapacious desire to consume the entire thing, and then two or threejust like it Full disclosure I read it in the space of a day and half And like a croquembouche, it showcases a breathtaking array of skills, in historical research, character development, dialogue and storytelling.It s everything the other reviewers have mentioned a Regency era love story, a modern spy thriller, a esoteric time traveling adventure and it is an absolute romp besides The characters, male and female alike, are finely drawn, believable and wholly lovable The various worlds are rendered with such clarity that it s hard to believe Ms Ridgway is a citizen of 2013, and not herself a secret time traveller.One piece of vitally important information Ridgway is a master of tone and word choice Readers who threw up in their mouths a little bit at the tin eared attempts at American English in the Fifty Shades books, or whose skin crawls when they stumble upon a gratingly amateurish attempt at Regency slang, can dive into The River of No Return without fear Ridgway cites Georgette Hayer as an influence, and it shows in her meticulous attention to language and mise en scene I was on the verge of giving the book 4 stars because it left me panting for a sequel that does not yet exist But that hardly seems fair, to punish the author for only being able to produce one book at a time, so I m giving it 5 stars, but I will take it very much amiss if this is the only novel Ridgway ever writes A lukewarm three stars for this Though the underlying ideas and the plot itself are truly creative, thought provoking, and unique, the writing throughout seemed effortful I never forgot that there was an author writing the story, whereas the best authors make you forget they exist I think it was Stephen King whose advice to writers was to use the first word that comes to mind Ridgway apparently used a thesaurus From 1815 However, Nick and Julia were at least somewhat well rounded defini A lukewarm three stars for this Though the underlying ideas and the plot itself are truly creative, thought provoking, and unique, the writing throughout seemed effortful I never forgot that there was an author writing the story, whereas the best authors make you forget they exist I think it was Stephen King whose advice to writers was to use the first word that comes to mind Ridgway apparently used a thesaurus From 1815 However, Nick and Julia were at least somewhat well rounded definitelyinteresting than Diana in A Discovery of Witches , and if the word choice was frequently irksome, at least the story moved along without rambling Also, though there is no obvious indication that this is the first book in a pair, trilogy, or series, the ending definitely leaves room for , though I for one am not inclined to continue Beautiful cover design, though.Quotes Time, Alice said It is like a river It always flows in one direction.Or does it 57 Of course you are in control Most of the time But you are a time traveler, Nick, and your emotions are your time machine That s how it works.Normally your feelings are calibrated to keep you in the present, ticking over from moment to moment But they can also propel you forward and pull you back Don t you see We do it with feelings Alice to Nick, 96 I know others have suffered farthan I But today I was almost lost in a whirlpool of despair that was wider than my life span, deeper than my admittedly shallow soul Much larger than the capacity of my heart to beat against it Nick, 111 There was no time for memories and no time for self doubt He was about to step lightly across an abyss that was centuries deep He was about to go home Nick, 131 What is the Guild without its thousands of workers, Nick Without the drones that make it all run Nine out of ten of us jump from war, did you know that War loosens our bonds to our natural time.It sets us leaping like fish from the river And the Guild is waiting for us with its nets Some of us they keep, some of us they throw away Alva to Nick, 327 W e move back and forth in time on streams of human emotionBig streams We have the ability to use those streams of feeling, but we ourselves we are just bit players, and our own feelings, our own life stories, they plod forward day to day.It is only the big picture that continues to look always the same, no matter what we small actors do.We run about like busy ants, but the wars do not change They never change The tune without the words Alva to Nick and Jemison, 412 413 This has everything I love in a book getting invited to join a secret cabal Time travel Regency romance Characters who are actual people Motivations that make sense Also, I really appreciated that keeping people ignorant for their own good was something the bad guys do, NOT the good guys Compare River of No Return He kept her entirely ignorant, inert, like a stone It is unforgivable Twilight, book 4 Wasn t shielding herimportant than answering her questions Harry Pot This has everything I love in a book getting invited to join a secret cabal Time travel Regency romance Characters who are actual people Motivations that make sense Also, I really appreciated that keeping people ignorant for their own good was something the bad guys do, NOT the good guys Compare River of No Return He kept her entirely ignorant, inert, like a stone It is unforgivable Twilight, book 4 Wasn t shielding herimportant than answering her questions Harry Potter series THE ENTIRE CHARACTER OF DUMBLEDORE JUST SAYING Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Lord Nicholas Falcott wakes up in twenty first century London The Guild, a secretive fraternity of time travelers, informs him that there is no return But Nick yearns for the beautiful Julia Percy, who remains inAs fate and the fraying fabric of time draw Nick and Julia together once again, the lovers must match wits and gamble their hearts against the rules of time itself Rich in romance and historical detail, Bee Ridgway s debut is a thrilling, fast paced narrative evocative of Deborah Harkness s time bending bestsellers


About the Author: Bee Ridgway

I was raised in Massachusetts, then drifted around from here to there until I finally came to rest in Philadelphia I teach American literature at Bryn Mawr College, and for fun I read, write, read, cook, read, walk all over my beautiful and dirty city, readTHE RIVER OF NO RETURN is my first novel, and the experience of writing it was so overwhelmingly fun that I m roaring ahead on the sequel.


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