The River of No Return – Bee Ridgway

The River of No Return - Bee Ridgeway

The River of No Return – Bee Ridgeway

This was one of my book club books that was highly recommended by one of the members. I had never heard of it and it proved to be quite difficult to find a paper copy. In the end I found one at the library and read it quickly to pass onto someone else in the group.

Here is the blurb …

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 travelers, informs him that 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 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 bestsellers.

I found it very compelling and enjoyed the detail of the various time periods. It was long and could have been edited to make a snappier story. It also had that annoying plot device where one character doesn’t communicate a significant plot point to another and the story continues for another (unnecessary) two hundred pages – an exaggeration, but you know what I mean. It always reminds me of day time soap operas.

I hope there is a sequel in the works because the story didn’t seem finished to me – it would make a great movie too.

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