(The River of No Return) PDF KINDLE á Bee Ridgway

Here 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 bookI 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 now what she was doingThere was also an irritating uirk 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 crossIn 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 it enjoyableThere s also the issue of the presumably forthcoming seuel 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 itI 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 much And trust me it might be close to 500 pages but it gripped me and refused to let me go until the very last 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 now 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 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 has to make 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 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 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 far longer 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 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 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 month to read which is pretty much unheard for meIt 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 eep 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. 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 bestseller. 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 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 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 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 Delivering Your Mail: A Book About Mail Carriers (Community Workers) 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 butept 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 now betterThe bottom line 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 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 so intriguing that I was completely captivated start to 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 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 love story because don t all great time travel novels have 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 nown 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 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 just like it Full disclosure I read it in the space of a day and half And 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 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 worlds are rendered with such that it s hard to believe Ms Ridgway is a citizen of 2013 and not herself a secret time travellerOne 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 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 writes 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 eeping people ignorant for their own good was something the bad guys 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 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 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 travellers informs him that. .
The River of No ReturnAct 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 last 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 lives a content yet complicated life Nick is not what he seems he is a member of the Guild an organisation made up of those who like Nick have jumped through time and found themselves in an age 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 nocks out the possibility of me enjoying anything vaguely Regency or Victorian I had to look up those terms to double check I m on the right track I wish I new 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 now 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 less extreme is time travel Occasionally it works but such a book has to be extraordinarily well written to get me hooked I do however Get Fast!: A Complete Guide to Gaining Speed Wherever You Ride keep testing these dislikes certain that one day I ll find the book to prove me wrong The River of No Return Yeah it isn 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 recentish 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 least this one wasn t as terribly written as Into the Dim so I ll give it that However it was still pretty predictable far too long with very little 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 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 you like time travel and the 1800 s and dashing lords and swooning ladies 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 whonows maybe I 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 read lis before seeing that I d even 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 the last 40 or so pages when I realized that the book would soon be over and yet so much was left unresolved and it started feeling like someone was taking her time to craft a beautiful lyrical novel and her editor said Bee Wrap it like someone was taking her time to craft a beautiful lyrical novel and her editor said Bee Wrap it 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 feel like a seuel is expected but rather that the author decided to just let some things go and say they lived happily ever after which of course if all those things were left dangling would be impossible So I felt puzzled and frustrated when I turned the last 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 look forward to the seuel I don t The Pleasant Light of Day know how one subtly wraps up a book so as to let the readernow 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 now 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 give me any clue to what this novel might be about I m not really a reader of fantasy or sci fi ie 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 reuited or unreuited 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 storyAll this meant I was een TO READ THIS DOORSTOP OF A BOOK AND I read this doorstop of a book and I the first few chapters but found that my interest waned after that The ideas were interesting but I didn t feel that the found that my interest waned after that The ideas were interesting but I didn t feel that the 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 ind of thing when trying to convey complex concepts but There is no return But Nick yearns for the beautiful Julia Percy who remains in 1815 As fate and the fraying fabric of time draw Nick and Julia together once again the lovers must match wits and gamble.

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