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The River of No Return: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Named a Notable Fiction Book of 2013 by The Washington Post

“An engrossing adventure, with mystery, romance, humor, and impeccable historical detail.” –The Boston Globe

Devon, 1815. The charming Lord Nicholas Davenant and the beguiling Julia Percy should make a perfect ...
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Overview

Named a Notable Fiction Book of 2013 by The Washington Post

“An engrossing adventure, with mystery, romance, humor, and impeccable historical detail.” –The Boston Globe

Devon, 1815. The charming Lord Nicholas Davenant and the beguiling Julia Percy should make a perfect match.

But before their love has a chance to grow, Nicholas is presumed dead in the Napoleonic war.
Nick, however, is lost in time. Somehow he escaped certain death by leaping two hundred years forward to the present day where he finds himself in the care of a mysterious society – the Guild. Questioning the limits of the impossible, Nick is desperate to find a way back to the life he left behind. Yet with the future of time itself hanging in the balance, could it be that the girl who first captured his heart has had the answers all along? Can Nick find a way to return to her?
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Nicholas Falcott was about to die in battle in 1815, but he wakes up in a modern London hospital instead. Initiated into the Guild, a powerful group of men and women capable of traveling through time, Nick is asked to return to 1815 to seek a powerful talisman and hunt the Guild's enemies. Nick discovers his life is as he left it and ready to pull him back. Meanwhile, Julia Percy, part of Nick's abandoned past, has lost her grandfather's protection and is faced with a cruel and power-hungry cousin who is convinced Julia knows about their grandfather's ability to play with time. Julia and Nick are soon caught in a dangerous adventure in which the fate of the future itself hangs in the balance. VERDICT Despite signs of a novice writer (e.g., detailed explanations through dialog), this debut novel by Ridgway (English literature, Bryn Mawr) is a highly entertaining romp; her historical details are accurate, and the characters 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. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/12.]—Michelle Martinez, Sam Houston State Univ. Lib., Huntsville, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101624319
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 48,063
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Bee Ridgeway is an English professor at Bryn Mawr College. She lives in Philadelphia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    What a thrilling read...! This novel has it all: adventure, fant

    What a thrilling read...! This novel has it all: adventure, fantasy, romance, intrigue, heroes, villains, and a rich cast of other well-drawn characters embedded in different locales and time periods. The mix of ingredients in "The River of No Return" is as unexpected as it is addictive--I couldn't put this book down, and I fervently hope that Ridgway will write a sequel. The novel is at turns witty and thoughtful, funny and insightful, highly entertaining and smartly crafted. The writing is beautiful and elegant--the book has style and verve, and it is just plain fun to read. Highly recommended to all lovers of time travel, adventure, romance, and smart and entertaining fiction.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    From the minute I picked up The River of No Return, I could not

    From the minute I picked up The River of No Return, I could not put it down. It is a thrill ride of a novel. At the end of each chapter I was propelled into the next. If you want a book that you can read a chapter of and then fall asleep, don't buy the River of No Return. This novel will keep you up late into the night. I had more fun reading this book than any book I've read in years. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    I gave time travel fiction a try with this book and it was so fu

    I gave time travel fiction a try with this book and it was so fun! The time travel piece is so creative and interesting. I love the characters in this book, their relationships are complex and thought provoking. I do not have much knowledge of 19th century British history and was intrigued by what I learned about it. I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Don't buy the Nook version.

    I loved what I read in the sample, but after buying the full version for my Nook, I ended up with something titled Wood Finishing 101. Very informative, but not what I was hoping for.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    The nook edition is having issues right now. You end up with a w

    The nook edition is having issues right now. You end up with a woodworking book. I called BN Customer Service today and they credited me the money for the title and said that it will be fixed within 2 weeks. 

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    I don't read a lot of regency or time travel, but this debut mad

    I don't read a lot of regency or time travel, but this debut made me want to SWIM in them for life. This was truly a beautifully written story with twists I thought I knew only to find out I was wrong--or half-wrong, lol. UGH! I hate being wrong! It was wonderful to be wrong! Every character had their own unique personality, which *I* think is truly difficult to accomplish. I loved and hated every character for one reason or another. 




    Nick and Julia are fabulous lead characters. I was disappointed when one point of view ended, but swept right back up into the next only to be disappointed when THAT point of view ended. 




    And Bee...what a talented writer. I was drawn into the setting from the first page. I wasn't reading about dust motes, I was watching them as if I were in the room. If this is only the beginning of her career, we're all in trouble. :)))

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

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    ¿Time flows like a river and it seems as if each of us is carrie

    “Time flows like a river and it seems as if each of us is carried relentlessly along by time’s current. But time is like a river in another way. It flows at different speeds in different places and that is the key to traveling into the future,” British Cosmologist Steven Hawking writes.  Bee Ridgway has taken Hawking’s theory and gone one step more in her amazing new novel.  Time and speed may be, as the main characters come to realize, also connected to intense emotional energy.  This novel certainly suggests that as the main protagonist, Nicholas Davenant or Lord Blackdown, “jumps” from 1800s Spain to 2013 London, eventually settling in America.  He has been trained to survive in this new life by the Guild, a secret group who help time-jumpers like Nicholas adjust to the new environment, including clothes, language, manners, culture, and so so much more!
    However, just as Nicholas is settling in, with the only thing bothering him the face and appearance of a mysterious black-haired girl whose mysterious presence has helped him survive his terrible war memories, he is called back to England by the Guild who is going to send him on a secret mission with a burly Russian Guild member.  Their job is to find the Olfan, another group who have mastered time travel but have other ways of accessing the future and past.  The question as the story progresses becomes murky as Nicholas, now the Marquess Blackdown, cannot tell who is friend and who is foe.  Also when he meets Julie, his next-door neighbor, she is being held prisoner and at the same time discovers she possesses phenomenal powers regarding this time jumping issue.  She and Blackdown are increasingly drawn closer to each other but go no further because of the mystery that needs to be solved.
    For what if those capable of jumping into the future encounter an unsolvable problem?  Can all of the Guild and Olfan members stop this new aspect of time that is life-threatening, to say the least?  Why are so many people after Blackdown and Julia?  Should Blackdown participate in a historically significant law vote that could destroy his own aristocratic world or free it with dramatic effects that will last for centuries?  
    There is much more in this amazing fantasy novel that also has a touch of history, plenty of magical moments, intense high-pressure scenes where foes fight to the finish…
    Read The River of No Return for a strong tension-filled plot, stereotypical characters who surmount their boring peerage definition and those with immense intelligence who help our main characters wait at appropriate moments and lurch forward into action during quieter moments!
    Great story with page-flipping drama, adventure, thrills, romance, history and overall great fun!  Very, very nicely done, Ms. Ridgway!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2013

    As someone who in recent years has tended to gravitate toward no

    As someone who in recent years has tended to gravitate toward non-fiction, I am thrilled when I read a work of fiction that reminds me how wonderful it is to be completely engrossed in and transported by a great story. Fortunately, that's just what I found in Bee Ridgway's debut novel, The River of No Return. Well-developed, interesting, and complex characters paired with an intriguing, fun, and smart story made me eager to return to the book whenever I could. My insanely busy schedule has meant that I simply don't have the time to do what I did in my younger years--read a book cover-to-cover in a day or two. I must say that I'm somewhat grateful that's the case, as it allowed me to really absorb the book chapter by chapter. This is a great story on the surface, but I also found it to be multi-layered, quite intelligent, and well-written (with a healthy dose of wry humor throughout).
    Others have provided on-point synopses of the plot, so I'll refrain from rehashing. I will say that I found this book really hard to fit into any one genre. Time travel, adventure, historical fiction, romance, mystery...it's all there. So glad I made time to get started on the book; for me, it's telling that it didn't end up like three quarters of the novels stored in my nightstand--half-read. Highly recommend!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Bee Ridgway's first novel THE RIVER OF NO RETURN is best describ

    Bee Ridgway's first novel THE RIVER OF NO RETURN is best described with superlatives. I'll refrain from doing that as I want to impress on any would be readers the delight that awaits them between the covers of this book. I've read endless volumes of Science Fiction and Fantasy in my life and tragically only a handful of those authors stand out in my memory. Bee Ridgway has earned her place with this riveting time travel escapade.
    The story follows Nicholas Falcott as he is tossed along the violent currents of history. Ripped from certain death at the hands of a Frenchman on the field of battle in 1812 to a hospital bed in a Guild facility in 2003, Nicholas is informed that his comfort and safety in this new reality rely on his promise never to return to the land, or time, of his birth. Nicholas reluctantly agrees to these terms and makes every effort to fit into the strange new world that confronts him. That would satisfy most authors but Ms.Ridgway has other plans.
    The story really heats up when it is revealed that the river of time is navigable in two directions and the Guild wants Nick Falcott to return to his title and lands in Regency-era England and work as their agent in a war developing between the Guild and an even more mysterious group of time travellers called the Ofan.
    Complicate this with the search for a talisman, a gorgeous woman who may hold the key to Nick's heart, an insane Earl and a mystery in the halls of Castle Dar and you have the makings of a ripping good yarn.
    Not content to turn this into a pulpy steampunk tale Bee Ridgway demonstrates a knowledge of history and place that create a rich backdrop to a well rendered adventure on the turbulent river of time.
    No novel can be all things to all people but THE RIVER OF NO RETURN has adventure, romance, sex, poetry, turbulent historical settings and above all else, heart.
    Bee Ridgway is in the league of great Science Fiction writers - Andre Norton, Anne McCaffery, Jack Finney, Fritz Leiber - hopefully she continues to carve out her niche with many more stories in the years to come.
    If you read nothing else this year read this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    This is a pretty good book - definitely a page-turner - but it i

    This is a pretty good book - definitely a page-turner - but it is undermined by a somewhat slapdash approach to the implications of time-travel. One character who dies early in the book is later known to have taken some important secrets to the grave with him. Not one time traveller thinks to jump back and talk to the still-living version of the character. Similarly, late on in the book, we are told that there was an attempt in 'the future' to attempt [something] and one of the people engaged in the effort landed in the past, taking the information on outcome of the attempt back to the past with him or her. Yet that information was not, apparently, available to the people engaged in the future endeavour. These inconsistencies are never addressed, though perhaps there will be some belated attempt at explanation in later books of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2014

    Great premise - very big short of goal though!

    The idea of a river of time is fascinating to me! This book could have been excellent - but wasn't. Too much detail - or not enough. Sex scenes tossed in here and there didn't move the story anywhere either. I have to say I was disappointed in this book. Maybe Ridgway's next book will be more cohesive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2014

    Romance or sci fi. Romance or sci fi?

    Starts out really well and I could not put it down. Stalls out in the middle rhen finishes with a non ending. What happened? Good imaginative concppt bht not well executed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Great read

    What a great book! The main characters are shown with detail, and you come to know and sympsthise with all of them, even the ones who are misguided.
    The two main characters, Nicholas and Julia, have you rooting for them from the beginning. Their relationship is real and you understand how and why they develop as they do.
    This was such a great book, and I can't wait to read the sequel ( and there just has to be a sequel)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Best book I have read in a long time

    This book renewed my enthusiasm to find a good read. I try to read many different genre just for that reason. This one filled the entire list. Great mystery, love story, intertwined with strong women going against traditions of the time, time travel itself, philosophical views for those of us comtinually wonder why and enough strings left open for a sequel or a trilogy. Certainly hope the writer is in progress of another book soon. Will be the first in line. Could not put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Highly recommended

    An engrossing story as far as it goes. Some confusion jumping to different timelines, but a quick reread of those sections helped clarify the intent. I found the ending a little disappointing. I wanted more on the Ofan, retaliation from the Guild, Nick and Julia's future travels in the river, and especially the extent of Julia's ability. Hopefully all questions will be answered with a sequel.

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

    I absolutely adore this book. I completely lost myself in this

    I absolutely adore this book. I completely lost myself in this world and cannot wait until the sequal she is working on now! Highly recommended!

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  • Posted May 22, 2013

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    3.75 stars:  REVIEW: THE RIVER OF NO RETURN is the first storyli

    3.75 stars:  REVIEW: THE RIVER OF NO RETURN is the first storyline in Bee Ridgway's new time travel series that is unlike any time travel series you will read. This is not a foray into the realm of science fiction, but more of a fantasy where emotions and thoughts pull the characters into another era.
    The focus is on Nick Falcott who facing death `jumped' forward two hundred years and found himself in the twenty first century with a new identity and everything he ever wanted at his disposal. The fact that he wanted to return to 1815 and to the woman with whom he was falling in love, was of no consequence. The Guild, the ruling time-travel elite and cult-like overlords, had given Nick his orders and in doing so have once again placed his life at risk. The Guild needs to stop the Ofan from bringing about the end of the world or so they say, and Nick is the man they option for the job.
    THE RIVER OF NO RETURN is a storyline that takes the reader on a journey from the Spanish battlefield of 1815 to modern day America and London England where intrigue meets romance and, spy vs spy. The story is awash in philosophical speculation about time travel and the inherent possibilities of changing the course of history. If you could go back, what would you do to stop a catastrophe in the making?
    Bee Ridgway introduces The Guild and The Ofan-two warring factions of time travellers each with a hidden agenda. The world building is continuous and intricately detailed throughout the storyline-but at times went above and beyond what I thought was necessary. The book is over 500 pages long and, filled with back-story, history and reflections about the philosophical aspects and conundrum of the time travel directive. Like a river that flows in one direction, the journey will take you far but can you ever go home again? The river is a symbol of time-flowing forward; it can speed up or slow down and in some cases, be stopped, all together; it is a river of emotions and one that will pull our hero as well as the reader into another time and era.
    The character development changes on many occasions such that we are never sure if the character we currently know is the same character we will meet at another time. The dual-personalities and counter-espionage make for a storyline that keeps the reader in suspense until the very end and the end most definitely leaves room for a continuation of the story.
    There are numerous characters that overlap from one era to another. The Guild has been around for thousands of years and in each incarnation, there is a battle between for the right to control time. Not only do we see time travel, but the ability to stop time-completely.
    Bee Ridgway has written an interesting storyline that will see one man pulled between doing what he knows to be right and what he knows he has to do. The philosophical look at time travel is detailed, with unanswered questions at every turn. And for some reason, the hero and heroine are kept in the dark through much of the storyline and must discover exactly who and what they are, on their own. Part of the storyline takes place in modern day and the remainder is set in the early 1800s. If you like a story with time-travel elements, historical fiction and a little romance, The River Of No Return is for you.
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  • Posted May 18, 2013

    There's something for everyone here, time travel, romance, hist

    There's something for everyone here, time travel, romance, historical fiction, even a mystery all wound around the idea that time is like a river, always moving forward, except for a select few that can jump ahead. It's unusual for Nick to be told by the head of the Guild, Alice, that he can indeed go back to Regency England, where he needs to find out the truth about their rivals, the Ofan, and discover who is disrupting time in such a way that could conclude time on earth in an earlier fashion.

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    This is my favorite book I've read all year! I don't usually re

    This is my favorite book I've read all year! I don't usually read time-travel fiction, but this one is a real page-turner, full of great detail, but also lots of action and suspense. It's also really funny and repeatedly made me laugh out loud. So charming. Bring on the next one!

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  • Posted April 27, 2013

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