Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Review of The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway
The River of No Return is an enchanting and compulsive read by debut author Bee Ridgway.
It is a time travel novel that follows Lord Nicholas Falcott, Marquess of Blackdown who disappears in the heat of battle at Salamanca in the eighteenth century and re-appears in the twenty first century. He is adopted by The Guild, an organisation of time travellers and is soon immersed in twenty first century culture and taught to be a modern man.
I was fascinated by this dramatic storyline where people were suddenly thrown hundreds of years into the future. Nick is initially told that once someone has arrived in the future, there is no way of going back. Just as he starts to enjoy his twenty first century life in America, he is summoned back to the Guild and given an important mission. The problem is that this mission goes against everything that Nick has been taught for the Guild want him to go back in time, but if that is possible after all then just what else is the Guild hiding?
There are a lot of sub plots woven into the storyline. It is a long book which begins at a gentle pace, although the action certainly picked up towards the end of the story. I loved the romance element of this novel and Ridgway kept me on my toes wondering if anything would happen between Nick and Julia.
I really enjoyed reading this beautifully written book and will definitely be looking out for future work by Bee Ridgway. The River of No Return will appeal to fans of historical and romance novels.
The cover on this book is absolutely stunning!
Thank you to Penguin for sending me a copy to review.