The River of No Return Hardcover – April 23, 2013
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"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
“In her stellar debut, Ridgway manages the permutations of the time-travel trope with originality and aplomb.” —Booklist
“Ridgway offers a well-crafted blend of science fiction, romance, mystery, and historical fiction.” —Publishers Weekly
"Bee Ridgway's deliciously fun debut covers ground similar to smart bodice rippers such as Outlanders and Discovery of Witches." - All You
"[A] passionate, thought-provoking and consistently fun debut that's best described as a Regency romance wrapped in a spy novel covered in science fiction." - Shelf Awareness
"Verdict: Buy, and make sure to start it on a day you don't have to go to work." - Book Riot
"The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway is teh kind of book that is meant to be read under the covers with a flshlight." - Chicago Reader
“A compelling race through time in a historical world turned upside down—the Regency as you’ve never seen it before. Take one nobleman and one gently born lady; add time travel, intrigue, a vast conspiracy, and a wicked way with words; shake; and serve.” —Lauren Willig, author of The Pink Carnation series
“While on its shining surface The River of No Return is a fantastical time traveling page turner, it is also a novel that takes on complex issues of culture and nationalism and how or memories form us. And it is a riveting love story to boot. Bee Ridgway is a treasure and her debut is a triumph.” —Jennifer Gilmore, author of Golden Country and Something Red
"The only thing more fun than reading this book would be to actually travel through time yourself. Erudite and beautifully crafted, The River of No Return is at the same time a lush, riotous fantasy. Ridgway's ingenuity and charm are apparently without limit."
—Heather Love, R. Jean Brownlee associate professor in the humanities, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Feeling Backward
"The River of No Return is an innovative and sophisticated first novel. At the heart of this entertaining story--set primarily and convincingly in Regency-era England—is a serious and timely question: what does it mean to be on the winning side of history?" —William Galperin, Professor of English, Rutgers University, and author of The Historical Austen
"I'm certainly looking forward to seeing what else Ridgway has in store and hoping that it will be as delightful as her debut." — Susie Bookworm
"I've never read a book quite like The River of No Return...Stunningly original and full of a cast of fascinating characters." — Lovely Books Blog
"Be warned. I lost sleep over The River of No Return, and you probably will as well. Once you start, it's hard to walk away." — Bookshelf Fantasies
"It's difficult to write a book that is so completely captivating, yet Ridgway accomplishes it like an expert." — S. Krishna's Books
"The River of No Return is a unique time traveling story with a beautiful romance and nothing less than page-turning intrigue that had me swooning." — It's a Book Life
"I heartily recommend Bee Ridgway's The River of No Return to fans of Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy, Jennifer Lee Carrell's Interred With Their Bones, historical fantasy, time travel novels, and even Regency romance...It's a deep and nuanced novel which belnds genres and blurs the lines between them. And it is, above all else, an enthralling story." - The Bookwyrm's Hoard, 5 stars
"Since Ridgway is a professor of history at Bryn Mawr College I expected meticulously researched Regency England (which is delivered), but what I didn't foresee was a swoon-worthy romance playing a strong role. I'll take an addition like that any day." - Book Harbinger
“[A] novel that fans of hardcore fantasy and literary fiction alike can get behind. The River of No Return is a gorgeous, sweeping debut that is easy to get lost in.” - BookPage
“I was spellbound by this book. Hands down one of the most captivating books I have read in a long, long time.” - Bossy Italian Wife
- Item Weight : 1.57 pounds
- Hardcover : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780525953869
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525953869
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Publisher : Dutton; First Printing edition (April 23, 2013)
- ASIN : 0525953868
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #815,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First off, it is time travel without technology. How does it work? I still don't know. The author went to great pains to explain it, but how could she? She didn't know herself. I think she flailed a bit at times. It has something to do about an innate property that some people have. Inherited? Genetic? They can make time stop by thinking it. The truly adept can travel backwards in time. Make the river of time stop in its course. Or something.
If you can get past that, you can enjoy this book.
The book is well written if you like books with a PBS romance feel. There's a great deal of character development, introspection, endless dialogue interspersed with flashes of activity. But, in the end it is a Victorian love story tucked inside of a story of clashing worldviews about what to do with the power to control time. I don't want to be a spoiler, so I'll leave it at that.
As others have said, the ending is not a real ending. It has a rushed feeling as though she had to wrap things up in a hurry.
It seems that some people have the ability to travel through time, especially at times of danger, stress and trauma. Thus a society is formed of those gifted. One of the things they do is try and figure out when time travellers escaping death will appear and rescue and recruit them. Nick Falcott, Regency rake, veteran of the Napoleonic wars is one such traveller, escaping from certain death on a battlefield, he finds himself a veteran cheese maker in Vermont, until of course the organization that rescued him asks him to return to his own time.
Julia Percy's recently deceased grandfather was also a gifted time manipulator and Nick and Julia grew up together. Both come to the notice of the Guild and what follows is a glorious mash up of genres, conventions and counter conventions. The River of no Return is great pop fiction and an all around good read. I'm not even annoyed that this will he the inevitable trilogy because I like the characters and even think some of the secondary characters could be brought forward to narrate.
Bottom line? An incredibly fun read with a wide appeal to many different genre audiences.
There are few books that make me not want to put them down but this was definitely one of them. I stayed up late and wouldn't get up from my seat to eat or get things to drink that's how engrossed I was. Fun stuff all around.
The reason I only gave it four stars was its very disappointing ending. Story lines not wrapped up, and characters suddenly disappearing with no explanation or hint at where they might have gone and why, added up to a painfully clumsy set-up for a sequel. It was particularly disappointing on the heels of such a fun book.
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It was an interesting read, however, it's a long book and to be honest I thought it was very slow in parts and therefore could have been shortened and also the end wasn't very satisfying and reads as though there is a sequel in the offing.