The River of No Return

by Bee Ridgway

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LoveReading View on The River of No Return

An intriguing novel about those who can travel through and indeed stop time, this is a love story but also a thriller, as the world itself is potentially put in peril by a mysterious rival group. It’s also full of delightful touches as Nick, having been transported forward in time from 1812 to the present day, then subsequently has to return and attempt to re-adapt back to a life very different from the one he’d got used to. Sweeping and well conceived with enough loose ends that you wonder if this will become a very enjoyable series.

 

reader reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The River of No Return a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'The River of No Return is an incredible debut novel, gripping from the very beginning' - Nicola Crisp. Scroll down to read more reviews.

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The River of No Return Synopsis

An utterly engrossing historical romance from debut novelist Bee Ridgeway, The River of No Return is a must-read.

 

 

 

'Time is like a river. It always flows in one direction.' What if everything you thought was certain was not? 1812: On a lonely battlefield in Spain, Lord Nicholas Falcott, Marquess of Blackdown, is about to die...But, the next moment, he inexplicably jumps forward in time, nearly two hundred years - very much alive. Taken under the wing of a mysterious organisation, The Guild, he receives everything he could ever need under the following conditions: He can't go back. He can't go home. He must tell no one. Accepting his fate, Nicholas begins a life of luxury as a twenty-first century New York socialite, living happily thus for the next ten years. But, when an exquisite wax sealed envelope brings a summons from the Alderwoman of The Guild, Nicholas is forced to confront his nineteenth century past. Back in 1815, Julia Percy's world has fallen apart. Her enigmatic grandfather, the Earl of Darchester, has died and left her with a closely guarded secret, one she is only now discovering - the manipulation of time. In terrible danger from unknown enemies, Julia flees her home to the sanctuary of neighbouring Falcott House. In this strange place Julia and a recently returned Nicholas are drawn to each other and together they realise how little Julia knew about her beloved grandfather and begin to understand his ominous last words...'Pretend.'

The River of No Return Reader Reviews

We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The River of No Return. You can read their reviews below.

 

Dawn Lynch - 'I enjoyed reading The Time Traveler's Wife so this book instantly appealed to me...The great details made me feel like I was watching the story unfold.' Click here to read the full review.


Nicola Crisp - 'The River of No Return is an incredible debut novel, gripping from the very beginning...I couldn’t put it down and I hope that there will be a sequel soon.' Click here to read the full review.

Lynda DeFreitas - 'A love story, an historical novel, time travel, intrigue and secret societies all converge in this author's imagination to produce an enthralling story that's nearly impossible to put down.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Cyllene Griffiths - 'Underlying the escapism of the main storyline are real world concerns about power, money, trust and strength of character. The historical scenes are absorbing, the concepts and philosophy, captivating. A sequel must be on its way and I, for one, will be waiting!' Click here to read the full review.

 

Elisabeth Thomas - 'This is a stunning novel that spans 200 years. It is not only a time travel novel; it is a romance and thriller all rolled into one...A fantastic read!' Click here to read the full review.

 

Julie Bickerdyke - 'Bee Ridgway has created a compelling and wonderful story in The River of No Return.  The book is long but necessarily so as the story is involved and your interest is held intensely throughout.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Sallyann Spittle - 'The novel is cleverly written, enthralling, inspiring and imaginative and the Regency era is really wonderfully described.' Click here to read the full review.

Sian Spinney - 'The River of No Return is a story that takes you on a journey but one of time rather than of roads... Well worth giving up a weekend for.' Click here to read the full review.


Sylvia Willigale - 'Overall I enjoyed the concept of time travel and the narrative of the novel.  The novel itself was interesting but not particularly memorable.' Click here to read the full review.

Carolyn Huckfield - 'What a fantastic story...This is an extremely complex story and we don’t learn all the answers in this one book.' Click here to view the full review.

Michelle Gray - 'I was very keen to read this book.  I find the whole idea of time travel fascinating and to begin with the book delivered.  The narrative was fast paced and kept your attention and I thought this would be a good summer read by the pool.' Click here to read  the full review.

Carol Peace - 'there was romance, intrigue, and even amusing parts to it. It almost makes you believe that time can be traversed… Five stars to this book I would thoroughly recommend it.' Click here to read the full review.

Magda North - 'I wanted to like this book more than I did. The raw ingredients are very promising; a compelling sensuous romance between the main characters Nick and Julia against the backdrop of time travel.' Click here to view the full review.

Joy Bosworth - 'This book had me hooked on the social ramifications of someone switching centuries...the author has a way of covering diverse subjects and making them very interesting and it feels as if this, her first novel, is just the tip of the iceberg.  I hope this is just the start.' Click here to view the full review

Nicola Foster - www.mygoodbookshelf.wordpress.com - 'The premise for this book sounded magnificently creative, but for me failed to deliver after what was a very readable beginning.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Maggie Crane - 'This book was interesting, fascinating, compulsive reading, believable in a strange way, but somewhat disjointed in places as though the author lost the thread at various points.' Click here to read the full review.

 

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'A thrill ride Vanity Fair Ridgway offers a well-crafted blend of science fiction, romance, mystery, and historical fiction.' Publishers Weekly

 

'An engrossing adventure, with mystery, romance, humor, and impeccable historical detail.' The Boston Global

 

'Ridgway spins an intricate narrative in elegant prose that combines the best of various genres - spy thriller, historical romance, science fiction, fantasy. Throughout, her juxtaposition of past and present is dazzling and often amusing... The River of No Return has the feel of an instant classic, along the lines of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Readers will wish they could stop time to savor every page' The Washington Post

 

'Ridgway has a light and clever touch... The River of No Return satisfies.' Newsday

 

'A highly entertaining romp; her historical details are accurate, and the character are believable. Fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series should enjoy this time-traveling romantic adventure, which may also attract readers who like historical fiction with a twist.' Library Journal

The River of No Return Press Reviews

We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The River of No Return. You can read their reviews below.

 

Dawn Lynch - 'I enjoyed reading The Time Traveler's Wife so this book instantly appealed to me...The great details made me feel like I was watching the story unfold.' Click here to read the full review.


Nicola Crisp - 'The River of No Return is an incredible debut novel, gripping from the very beginning...I couldn’t put it down and I hope that there will be a sequel soon.' Click here to read the full review.

Lynda DeFreitas - 'A love story, an historical novel, time travel, intrigue and secret societies all converge in this author's imagination to produce an enthralling story that's nearly impossible to put down.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Cyllene Griffiths - 'Underlying the escapism of the main storyline are real world concerns about power, money, trust and strength of character. The historical scenes are absorbing, the concepts and philosophy, captivating. A sequel must be on its way and I, for one, will be waiting!' Click here to read the full review.

 

Elisabeth Thomas - 'This is a stunning novel that spans 200 years. It is not only a time travel novel; it is a romance and thriller all rolled into one...A fantastic read!' Click here to read the full review.

 

Julie Bickerdyke - 'Bee Ridgway has created a compelling and wonderful story in The River of No Return.  The book is long but necessarily so as the story is involved and your interest is held intensely throughout.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Sallyann Spittle - 'The novel is cleverly written, enthralling, inspiring and imaginative and the Regency era is really wonderfully described.' Click here to read the full review.

Sian Spinney - 'The River of No Return is a story that takes you on a journey but one of time rather than of roads... Well worth giving up a weekend for.' Click here to read the full review.


Sylvia Willigale - 'Overall I enjoyed the concept of time travel and the narrative of the novel.  The novel itself was interesting but not particularly memorable.' Click here to read the full review.

Carolyn Huckfield - 'What a fantastic story...This is an extremely complex story and we don’t learn all the answers in this one book.' Click here to view the full review.

Michelle Gray - 'I was very keen to read this book.  I find the whole idea of time travel fascinating and to begin with the book delivered.  The narrative was fast paced and kept your attention and I thought this would be a good summer read by the pool.' Click here to read  the full review.

Carol Peace - 'there was romance, intrigue, and even amusing parts to it. It almost makes you believe that time can be traversed… Five stars to this book I would thoroughly recommend it.' Click here to read the full review.

Magda North - 'I wanted to like this book more than I did. The raw ingredients are very promising; a compelling sensuous romance between the main characters Nick and Julia against the backdrop of time travel.' Click here to view the full review.

Joy Bosworth - 'This book had me hooked on the social ramifications of someone switching centuries...the author has a way of covering diverse subjects and making them very interesting and it feels as if this, her first novel, is just the tip of the iceberg.  I hope this is just the start.' Click here to view the full review

Nicola Foster - www.mygoodbookshelf.wordpress.com - 'The premise for this book sounded magnificently creative, but for me failed to deliver after what was a very readable beginning.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Maggie Crane - 'This book was interesting, fascinating, compulsive reading, believable in a strange way, but somewhat disjointed in places as though the author lost the thread at various points.' Click here to read the full review.

 

 ______________________________________

 

'A thrill ride Vanity Fair Ridgway offers a well-crafted blend of science fiction, romance, mystery, and historical fiction.' Publishers Weekly

 

'An engrossing adventure, with mystery, romance, humor, and impeccable historical detail.' The Boston Global

 

'Ridgway spins an intricate narrative in elegant prose that combines the best of various genres - spy thriller, historical romance, science fiction, fantasy. Throughout, her juxtaposition of past and present is dazzling and often amusing... The River of No Return has the feel of an instant classic, along the lines of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Readers will wish they could stop time to savor every page' The Washington Post

 

'Ridgway has a light and clever touch... The River of No Return satisfies.' Newsday

 

'A highly entertaining romp; her historical details are accurate, and the character are believable. Fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series should enjoy this time-traveling romantic adventure, which may also attract readers who like historical fiction with a twist.' Library Journal

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ISBN: 9781405913027
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 23/05/2013
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781405913027
Publication date: 8th May 2014
Author: Bee Ridgway
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 560 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Bee Ridgway

Bee Ridgway grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. She attended Oberlin College (B.A.), then worked for a year as an editorial assistant at Elle magazine. She studied literature at Cornell University (M.A. and Ph.D.). She spent several years living in the U.K. during her studies. She has worked at Bryn Mawr College since 2001. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.   Below is a Q&A with this author.   1. If I had to describe my mood in one word, it would be: Right now, this minute, with my book coming out in a few short weeks?  ...

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