Fat lThis has everything Iove 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 Lost And Found Bride like a stone It is unforgivableTwilight book 4 Wasn t shielding her important than answering her uestionsHarry Potter series THE ENTIRE CHARACTER OF DUMBLEDORE JUST SAYING I must confess my initial interest in Bee Ridgway s debut The River of No Return was superficial I fell inove with the gorgeous cover The I read about the premise a time travelling historical romance with an emphasis on the romance the dubious I became Then there s the fact that it has been widely compared to The Time Traveler s Wife a book I tried three times to read without any success and A Discovery of Witches a book I finished but in many ways disliked All in all by the time I came to actually start reading this book I was a bit concerned I would end up hating it It was a relief to find it was in fact very enjoyableThe story begins in 1815 with 22 year old Julia Percy at her grandfather s bedside as he takes his ast breaths Julia believes his secret power the manipulation of time has died with him and she dreads the arrival of her unpleasant cousin Eamon the new earl The scene then switches to Vermont in 2013 where Nick Davenant the wealthy owner of several farms ives a content yet complicated American Kinship: A Cultural Account life Nick is not what he seems he is a member of the Guild an organisation made up of those whoike Nick have jumped through time and found themselves in an age not their own At the moment of his near death in 1812 he was transported to 2003 and after a strange and painful period of adjustment he has made peace with his unconventional existence That is until he receives a summons from the Guild which contradicts one of its own cardinal rules Does this mean the principal An Ethics of Interrogation law of the Guild that there can be no return could be broken too And what connects Nick s summons to Julia s predicament back in the nineteenth centuryAfter a slightly clumsy start which didn t give me a very positive impression of Nick s character I soon found myself intrigued by the multiayered plot particularly the uestions surrounding the Guild s operation Between Nick s story Julia s story the background of the Guild and its shadowy enemies and real Ancestral Voices: Religion and Nationalism in Ireland life historical events affecting the characters there s aot in this book but it works there is plenty of detail but it s all very fast moving and never becomes dull nor does it feel Animal Ecology like the author is throwing too much information at you impressive given that the amount that needs explaining about how all this works As for theove story it s pleasant enough and thankfully believable I was relieved to find that there was already an established connection between the two main characters rather than it being one of these insta ove situations the reader was easily able to imagine that had none of the fantastical parts of the story actually happened these two would probably have ended up together anyway I did feel that Nick was being a bit too forward with Julia at times given the strictures of the age which he was obviously familiar with but for the most part I iked them together believed in their feelings for each other and wanted them to be happy Beyond this I don t think I can discuss the plot in any further detail without significant spoilers Suffice to say I was carried along by the momentum of it and ONCE I D GOT TO GRIPS WITH THE BASIC I d got to grips with the basic of the timey wimey stuff and the dynamic between the characters I
was hookedThe one thing I will say without actually spoiling anything is that it s very obvious hookedThe one thing I will say without actually spoiling anything is that it s very obvious the end that the stage is being set for a seuel This can be read as a standalone book and there s no cliffhanger as such but there is plenty that could still be explored about this world and a number of uestions which aren t answered comprehensively I won t pretend this didn t disappoint me a John for Everyone: Part One, Chapters 1-10 little I d have preferred to think of this as a single novel not the start of some fantasy romance series Would I read The River of No Return 2 Yes I probably would but I have a gut feeling it would be inferior to this one I obviously can t say with absolute accuracy but I don t think this book is really anythingike The Time Traveler s Wife excepting the obvious Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde link of the time travel theme It is muchike A Discovery of Witches a romance between two characters with supernatural abilities the juxtaposition of rich historical detail and the present day a secret organisation that holds all the power our hero and heroine used as pawns by greater forces but it avoided all the things that marred that story in other words the male protagonist wasn t repulsive the description wasn t too corny and the romantic scenes didn t make me feel sick The River of No Return is for me best described as a good old fashioned rollercoaster of an adventure story The romance aspect is appealing but it doesn t overwhelm the plot to the detriment of other elements It s a shame it doesn t Betting on Ideas: Wars, Inventions, Inflation lookikely that this will be a standalone novel as I d Being after Rousseau: Philosophy and Culture in Question like to read a totally different story from the same author but obviously that wouldn t stop me from recommending this one If anything about the idea of it strikes you as interesting youl probably Berlioz and His Century: An Introduction to the Age of Romanticism love it There are some genres that I just don t go near Not because they are bad necessarily but because every time I try and read anything set in that timeplacestyle I end up bored to tears For example There s just something about the 1800 s that I can t stand being immersed in somehow I just do not care So that knocks out the possibility of me enjoying anything vaguely Regency or Victorian I had toook up those terms to double check I m on the right track I wish I knew why I really do The closest I ve ever come to enjoying it is in Libba Bray s A Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy though I don t know if those books count what with all the magic and underlying supernatural horror aspects So anyway 1800 s are out that s one star off the book for no fault of its ownUnfortunately another do not touch for me though ess extreme is time travel Occasionally it works but such a book has to be extraordinarily well written to get me hooked I do however keep testing these dislikes certain that one day I l find the book to prove me wrong The River of
Return Yeah it t that bookStrangely this is the second I ve picked up in the past few months that hooked me with the cover and title then turned out to be recen. You are now a member of the Guild There is no returnTwo 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 Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson life's advantages But Nick yearns for home and for one brown eyed girlost now down the centuri.No Return Yeah It
review The River of No ReturnFeel to it and it was also reminiscent of A Discovery of Witches minus the supernatural creatures and despite the fact that I ove 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 Edge of Venomverse like characters in the past should Julia was extremely modern sounding and certainly didn t actike 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 Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I (Alliance-Union Universe) ll definitely keep an eye out for additional works by this author as it s obvious she s uite talented this story and I just weren t meant to be unfortunately 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 dayIn Bee Ridgway s wonderfully imaginative debut novel a man and a woman travel through time in a uest to bring down a secret society that controls the past and thus the future On the cover You 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 withife s advantages But Nick yearns for home and for one brown eyed girl ost 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 TalismanIn 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 ife 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 balanceWhen 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 Body by Darwin: How Evolution Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine 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 aife they Blue Guide 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 betterThe bottomine Ms Ridgway has taken a genre that has until now completely turned me off and has given it a fascinating plausibility that s than just entertaining it s compelling This isn t a uick read but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the story I do wish there had been time given to Nick and story I do wish there had been time given to Nick and 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 finishI m hoping there will be books 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 4 stars It was great I oved it A wonderful story about time travel secret elite organizations and an enjoyable ove 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 seuel one I would pick up without hesitation Favorite uote No man is a man until he is made weak by a womanFirst Sentence Julia sat beside her grandfather s bed holding his hand The French have a spectacular dessert known as crouembouche 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 Birth and Fortune: The Impact of Numbers on Personal Welfare literary crouembouche Just reading the first page filled me with delight hunger and a rapacious desire to consume the entire thing and then two or three justike it Full disclosure I read it in the space of a day and half And Island Girls (and Boys) like a crouembouche it showcases a breathtaking array of skills in historical research character development dialogue and storytellingIt s everything the other reviewers have mentioned a Regency eraove 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 ovable 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 travellerOne piece of vitally Ms Ridgway is a citizen of 2013 and not herself a secret time travellerOne piece of vitally information Ridgway is a master of tone and word choice Readers who threw up in their mouths a ittle 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 Stretching Lessons: The Daring that Starts from Within language and mise en scene I was on the verge of giving the book 4 stars because iteft me panting for a seuel 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 write. Er than he should be and battle scarred Julia begins to suspect that her very ife 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. Tish era historical fiction I really need to stop inflicting this on myselfI m not being entirely unfair I don t think Putting aside finally you must be thinking my personal preferences there are plenty of other reasons why this is nowhere near even a four star read and for me probably closer to 25 At Building for the Arts: The Strategic Design of Cultural Facilities least this one wasn t as terribly written as Into the Dim so Il give it that However it was still pretty predictable far too Bulletproof Feathers: How Science Uses Nature's Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology long with veryittle happening filled with vaguely unlikeablecookie cutter characters had an unfortunate case of instalove and just as things finally got going seemed to fizzle off in the Casuistry and Modern Ethics: A Poetics of Practical Reasoning last 10 pages to end on well nothing really Other than that it s all perfectly adeuate and I manage to finish without too many eye rollsIf youike time travel and the 1800 s and dashing Charlestown Blues lords and swooningadies then this book is totally for you As for me Well next time I decide to try my hand at time travelling throw me back to the Greeks who knows maybe I Charlestown Blues: Selected Poems, a Bilingual Edition ll have a better timeUpdate The fact that I can remember absolutely nothing about this book to the point of thinking oooh what a pretty name perhaps I should add it to the to readis before seeing that I d even Building the South Side left a review of the thing probably sums it up for me even than that initial review does I almost gave this a fiveand then I hesitated It was wholeheartedly a five until theast 40 or so pages when I realized that the book would soon be over and yet so much was Bright College Years left unresolved and it started feelingike someone was taking her time to craft a beautiful Chicagos Urban Nature lyrical novel and her editor said Bee Wrap it up in 40 pages and turn it in NOW and so she didNow that I have gone to her website I have realized that a seuel is planned but only by exploring some very veiled hints but the book doesn t really make you feelike a seuel is expected but rather that the author decided to just Cezanne and Provence: The Painter in His Culture let some things go and say theyived happily ever after which of course if all those things were Chicago's Urban Nature: A Guide to the City's Architecture + Landscape left dangling would be impossible So I felt puzzled and frustrated when I turned theast page but not in the way one would if one were expecting a seuel and impatient for its execution but rather because it felt unfinishedAll that set asidethe writing is wonderful the premise fascinating the details rich the characters compelling and I will now that I am reassured that this isn t the only one eagerly ook forward to the seuel I don t know how one subtly wraps up a book so as to et the reader know the story s not over but this one didn t do that for me and it cost her a star But not through any fault of the rest of the book 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 itThe 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 It s always fun to be surprised by a book you never expected to Collections of Nothing land on yourap 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 onger makesIt s a book that blends genres to the point where the word genre no onger makes it s science fiction historical romance action adventure mystery longer makes sense it s science fiction historical romance action adventure mystery so much And trust me it might be close to 500 pages but it gripped me and refused to How to Read the American City Close Up let me go until the veryast wordGENRE 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 maruess 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 thinksTHE 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 pageTWISTS 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 with twists and turns and romanceVERDICT 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 Catholics, Anglicans, and Puritans literary fiction and genre delights A definite must read My rating 25 of 5 starsA copy of The River of No Return was provided to me by Dutton Adult for review purposesTime travel is a tricky subject It has to make ateast a modicum of sense no matter how outlandish you wish the concept to be River of No Return handled this aspect of the story uite 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 the unbelievable versions with resonant emotions Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet linking individuals to the past allowing them to access those moments in time I m not sure I was really sold on the whole conceptThe story definitely went on faronger than necessary I can t help but think I would have enjoyed it far if it was condensed down because parts of the story felt ong 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 13 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 meIt definitely had a distinct Outlander. Es 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 TalismanIn 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 old.