The Paris Protection iThat knocks 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 knew why I really do The closest I ve ever come to enjoyingt s n Libba Bray s A Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy though I don t know The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics 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 ofts ownUnfortunately another do not touch for me though less extreme Love à la Mode is time travel Occasionallyt 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 ll find the book to prove me wrong The River of No Return Yeah Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire itsn t that bookStrangely this s the second I ve picked up n 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 The Inconvenience of theWings: Stories 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 thiss 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 The Raft it that Howevert was still pretty predictable far too long with very little happening filled with vaguely unlikeablecookie cutter characters had an unfortunate case of A Study of Delaware Indian Medicine Practice and Folk Beliefs instalove and just as things finally got going seemed to fizzle offn the last 10 pages to end on well nothing really Other than that Herztour 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 books 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 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 t to the to read lis before seeing that I d even left a review of the thing probably sums t up for me even than that nitial review does I must confess my nitial Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes' Rediscovered Railway Mysteries: Four original short stories interestn Bee Ridgway s debut The River of No Return was superficial I fell Miss Marple Investiga (Miss Marple mix 9) 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 fact thatt 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 Heart Seoul in many ways disliked Alln all by the time I came to actually start reading this book I was a bit concerned I would end up hating Zone of Silence it It was a relief to findt was In der Finsternis in fact very enjoyableThe story beginsn 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 n 2013 where Nick Davenant the wealthy owner of several farms lives a content yet complicated life Nick s not what he seems he Gloomsbury: Series 5: The hit BBC Radio 4 comedy is a member of the Guild an organisation made up of those who like Nick have jumped through time and found themselvesn an age not their own At the moment of his near death n 1812 he was transported to 2003 and after a strange and painful period of adjustment he has made peace with his unconventional existence That s until he receives a summons from the Guild which contradicts one of ts own cardinal rules Does this mean the principal 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 n the nineteenth centuryAfter a slightly clumsy start which didn t give me a very positive mpression "of Nick s character I soon found myself ntrigued by the "Nick s character I soon found myself ntrigued by the layered plot particularly the uestions surrounding the Guild s operation Between Nick s story Julia s story the background of the Guild and ts shadowy enemies and real life historical events affecting the characters there s a lot n this book but t works there Toms Midnight Garden is plenty of detail butt s all very fast moving and never becomes dull nor does t feel like the author s throwing too much Sheriff Bill - Der Held von Devil's Point information at youmpressive given that the amount that needs explaining about how all this works As for the love story t 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 t being one # between the two main characters rather than Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery: A BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatization it being one thesensta love situations the reader was easily able to magine 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 liked them together believed n their feelings for each other and wanted them to be happy Beyond this I don t think I can discuss the plot The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop in any further detail without significant spoilers Suffice to say I was carried along by the momentum oft and once I d got to grips with the basic principles of the timey wimey stuff and the dynamic between the characters I was hookedThe one thing I will say without actually spoiling anything Brenin is thatt s very obvious at the end that the stage s being set for a seuel This can be read as a standalone book and there s no cliffhanger as such but there s 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 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 Doctor Who: Engines of War it would benferior to this one I obviously can t say with absolute accuracy but I don t think this book s really anything like The Time Traveler s Wife excepting the obvious link of the time travel theme It s much like 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 t avoided all the things that marred that story n 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 s for me best described as a good old fashioned rollercoaster of an adventure story The romance aspect s appealing but The Racehorse Who Disappeared it doesn t overwhelm the plot to the detriment of other elements It s a shamet doesn t look likely that this will be a standalone novel as I d 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 dea of t strikes you as nteresting *you ll probably love t This has everything I love Sutherlands Rules in a book gettingnvited to join a secret cabal *ll probably love t This has everything I love n a book getting An Officer and a Gentleman (A Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin Story) invited to join a secret cabal travel Regency romance Characters who are actual people Motivations that make sense Also I really appreciated that keeping peoplegnorant for their own good was something the bad guys do NOT the good guys Compare River of No Return He kept her entirely gnorant nert like a stone It Trafiquants et navigateurs sur le Bas-Danube et dans le Pont Gauche a l'epoque romaine (Philippika - 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Er 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 When Dimple Met Rishi 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 futuretself s hanging n the balance. .
Bee Ridgway Ó 5 Free readMy rating 25 of 5 starsA copy of The River of No Return was provided to me by Dutton Adult for review purposesTime travel s a tricky subject It has to make at 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 Night Watch in novels before While I believet to of been managed well End of Day it was still one of the unbelievable versions with resonant emotions linkingndividuals to the past allowing them to access those moments n 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 t far Scenery, Set, and Staging in the Italian Renaissance: Studies in the Practice of Theatre ift was condensed down because parts of the story felt long and drawn out The story had a slow but steady build up Israel! Do You Know? in the beginning but still took forever to really get going I read about 13 of this novel before settingt aside for a short time and then coming back to Korean War it alln all Serpico it took me about a month to read whichs pretty much unheard of for meIt definitely had a distinct Outlander feel to t and t 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 Truyol Y Serra's Doctrines of International Law interest for me Add to that the charactersn the past didn t act like characters n 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 mpression that this was a stand alone novel yay for that extremely rare beastie however Globalization, Sports Law and Labour Mobility: The Case of Professional Baseball in the United States and Japan it appears that thiss only the first Competitive People Strategy: How to Attract, Develop and Retain the Staff You Need for Business Success installment of a new series trilogy not sure While I enjoyed parts of this I m not sure I mnterested enough to continue I ll definitely keep an eye out for additional works by this author as Strategies for Minimizing Risk Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices ACT and Related Laws it s obvious she s uite talented this story and I just weren t meant to be unfortunately 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 senset s science fiction historical romance action adventure mystery and so much And trust me t might be close to 500 pages but t gripped me and refused to let me go until the very last wordGENRE BENDING FUNWhile THE RIVER OF NO RETURN Limits to Stakeholder Influence: Why the Business Case Won't Save the World is a hard book to peg to any genret 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 s about to die and Julia a young spinster who s one of the most powerful manipulators of time ever even Let's Talk 3 Student's Book if she doesn t realizet THE RIVER OF NO RETURN takes place at multiple times from current day back to 1815 where Nick Socrates, The Wisest And Most Just? is dispatched by The Guild to hunt down the Ofan Or so he thinksTHE RIVER OF NO RETURN takes genres throws themn a blender and pours out a giant delicious smoothie of flavors times characters and sensations The characters are mostly well constructed and portrayed even European State Aid and Tax Rulings 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 hiddendentities and realities that are uncovered with each pageTWISTS AND TURNSOne of the best things about THE RIVER OF NO RETURN s 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 n book two and theories that were soundly debunked The Only Way Out Is in: A Modern Day Yogi's Commentary on the Synergy of Ashtanga Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra in book one Sometimes that character you thinks the bad guy all along The Complete Paladin's Handbook isn t the bad guy after all Ors he Really I still don t know But that ending Trust me you will be salivating over the very dea that book two and eventually book three will be coming to you complete with twists "and turns and romanceverdict one of my favorite and romanceVERDICT One of my favorite of 2013 so far THE RIVER OF NO RETURN s a mix of historical romance and action packed science fiction that will appeal to fans of literary fiction and genre delights A definite must read At the point of death on a Napoleonic battlefield Nicholas Falcott finds himself jumping forward Surface of the Deep: Searching for Booker Wright and Finding Redemption Along the Way in time nearly 200 years andn 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 The Devil Aspect in the modern world hes told that he must do just that and that the future of the world depends on tThe cover blurb of The River of No Return compares t to The Time Traveller s Wife but as I m the only person An Unlikely Pair (My Once and Future Love, in the Western hemisphere who hasn t read thatt didn t give me any clue to what this novel might be about I m not really a reader of fantasy or sci fi Four Corners Level 1b Workbook ie anything with time traveln Stahl's Illustrated Substance Use and Impulsive Disorders 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 travellingn 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 Love and Punishment (Beyond Fairytales series) it that so have nothing against a good love storyAll this meant I was keen to read this doorstop of a book and I enjoyed the first few chapters but found that mynterest waned after that The Crisis: The Anatomy of Two Major Foreign Policy Crises ideas werenteresting but I didn t feel that the characters drew me Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives in sufficiently and I thought pacing was a problem Some sections felt like wading through treacle with endless passages of people sitting round discussing thens and outs of time travel and what time travellers can and can t do I understand that sometimes a writer has to do this kind of thing when trying to convey complex concepts but there was just too much of Kaltblau it to benteresting The longueurs are nterspersed with periods of feverish action which can seem overdone n 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 nto that era they didn t behave walking stereotypes The 19th century female characters just felt like modern women dropped nto that era they didn t behave I would expect from my readings of novels of the time and this had the result of eroding my trust Julian 3: The Works of the Emperor Julian in the author to know what she was doingThere was also anrritating uirk of placing small almost subliminal clues Contemporary Task-Based Language Teaching in Asia in the modern part of the book to trigger recognitionn the reader that we re The Taming of the Werewolf in contemporary London A couple of examples of this was thenclusion 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 Second Biennial Report of the State Board of Health of the State of Iowa: For the Fiscal Period Ending June 30, 1883 (Classic Reprint) 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 sharpernvolving read had t been shorter More s not necessarily better and a comprehensive cull of much of the sitting round discussing time travel would have made t enjoyableThere s also the ssue 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 First Cosmic Velocity 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. You are now a member of the Guild Theres no returnTwo hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield Nick Falcott soldier and aristocrat wakes up Philosophy of Psychopharmacology: Smart Pills, Happy Pills, and Pepp Pills in a hospital bedn 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 centuri. ,
For the love of God please stop tI felt like there was a good shorter book trying to fight ts way out of The River Of No Return but sadly Joshi Mousou Shoukougun, Vol. 4 it failed leaving me with a novel that had some gooddeas but that I didn t enjoy as much as I hoped I would 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 t started feeling like someone was taking her time to craft a beautiful lyrical novel and her editor said Bee Wrap t up Tryst with Prosperity in 40 pages and turnt Tryst with Prosperity: Indian Business and the Bombay Plan of 1944 in NOW and so she didNow that I have gone to her website I have realized that a seuels planned but only by exploring some very veiled hints but the book doesn t really make you feel like a seuel Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition is expected but rather that the author decided to just let some things go and say they lived happily ever after which of coursef all those things were left dangling would be Code Name: Bikini impossible So I felt puzzled and frustrated when I turned the last page but notn the way one would Below the Moon (The 8th Island Trilogy if one were expecting a seuel andmpatient for ts execution but rather because t felt unfinishedAll that set asidethe writing Legenden von Nuareth - Heldentaten is wonderful the premise fascinating the details rich the characters compelling and I will now that I am reassured that thissn t the only one eagerly look forward to the seuel I don t know how one subtly wraps up a book so as to let the reader know the story s not over but this one didn t do that for me and t cost her a star But not through any fault of the rest of the book The French have a spectacular dessert known as crouembouche a neatly stacked pile of cream filled pastry puffs wrapped with caramelized sugar Creating t 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 s 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 t Full disclosure I read Bankerupt itn the space of a day and half And like a crouembouche 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation it showcases a breathtaking array of skillsn 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 Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace its an absolute romp besides The characters male and female alike are finely drawn believable and wholly lovable The various worlds are rendered with such clarity that t s hard to believe Ms Ridgway s a citizen of 2013 and not herself a secret time travellerOne piece of vitally mportant nformation Ridgway Wishing for a Home is a master of tone and word choice Readers who threw upn their mouths a little bit at the tin eared attempts at American English Dreamsnake in the Fifty Shades books or whose skin crawls when they stumble upon a gratingly amateurish attempt at Regency slang can divento The River of No Return without fear Ridgway cites Georgette Hayer as an The Warlord, the Warrior, the War (Rise of the Penguins, influence andt shows The Parker Sisters: A Border Kidnapping in her meticulous attention to language and mise en scene I was on the verge of giving the book 4 stars becauset 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 Nach allem, was ich beinahe für dich getan hätte it 5 stars but I will taket very much amiss f this s the only novel Ridgway ever writes 4 stars It was great I loved t A wonderful story about time travel secret elite organizations and an enjoyable love story because don t all great time travel novels have romance n them I don t often say this but I am pleased to discover the author s working on a seuel one I would pick up without hesitation Favorite uote No man s a man until he How to Worry Less about Money is made weak by a womanFirst Sentence Julia sat beside her grandfather s bed holding his hand We are cowards really we time travelers We cheat death over and over Jumping away from one storynto another Always pursuing the hope of another dayIn Bee Ridgway s wonderfully maginative debut novel a man and a woman travel through time n a uest to "bring down a secret society that controls the past and thus the future On the cover "down a #secret society that controls the past and thus the future On the cover are now a member # society that controls the past and thus the future On the cover are now a member the Guild There s no return Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield Nick Falcott soldier and aristocrat wakes up n a hospital bed n 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 ts 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 Children of the Future in her ear Pretend Pretend what When Nick returns home asf 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 Bettina Von Zwehl: Lament 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 futuretself A TYRANNY OF GOD is hangingn 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 n return thanked me for my honesty asking me to reconsider because this time travel story s 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 t through five or so chapters before tossing n 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 s not science fictiony nor s A Deadly Trade it steepedn fantasy or magic And while this Framed for Murder is a romance and theres some steam the majority of this story s 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 s complex and f I give my magination free rein I can almost believe t s possible that such a world exists There are many players n this story and all of them are characters who fit regardless of their time past present or future Each Squeak! 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 know betterThe bottom line Ms Ridgway has taken a genre that has until now completely turned me off and has givent a fascinating plausibility that s than just entertaining Claiming His Bought Bride / Seducing the Enemy's Daughter it s compelling Thissn 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 Pêşbaziya Çîrokên Neqediyayî is sontriguing 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 Pick Three in exchange for an honest review I m sorry I doubted you 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 setn that timeplacestyle I end up bored to tears For example There s just something about the 1800 s that I can t stand being mmersed n somehow I just do not care So. Es Then the Guild asks him to break ts 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 n her ear “Pretend” Pretend what When Nick returns home as f from the dead old.