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Sunday, August 25, 2013

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway

THE RIVER OF NO RETURN is exactly the time of book I love to read as a summer read. It's not too heavy on the paranormal so that most of the story is about the character, but it still has enough mystical elements to be considered paranormal. The only thing I regret is not having read it sooner. The novel starts off a little slow, and it really doesn't pick up until about one quarter in. However, it's well worth the wait because it's an amazing story about romance and travelling through time.

The book has the timelessness of the Outlander series and it's being widely compared to A Discovery of Witches. Although the stories are quite different from one another, they share similar themes and the writing styles. THE RIVER OF NO RETURN is about a man named Nick Falcott who, as a general during a war in 1815, suddenly finds himself pushed through time to the year 2003 as he's about to die on the battlefield. He is in fact, able to manipulate time, and is taken in by the mysterious Guild of time manipulators that hides their abilities from the rest of the Normal population. After 10 years of playing by the Guild's rules, the Guild suddenly summons him and reveals secret information about their true abilities. When they ask him to travel back to 1815, he starts to wonder about the true goals of the Guild, and if he's about to become a puppet for the "bad guys". I'm not going to reveal more about the story in general because it's definitely something you want to discover on your own. In fact, I love the way Bee Ridgway took her time to reveal things, little by little.

Back in 1815, Julia mourns her grand-father who passed away without telling her some pretty important things. Like now he could manipulate time and what he meant when he said "Pretend" on his death bed. Soon enough Nick and Julia find themselves linked together and playing important roles in the flow of time, as they grow closer and closer romantically.

The end of the book is satisfying in the sense that it can be read as a stand-alone, but so much more could be written about this unique world. If the author is willing to expand on her story, there's definitely enough for a sequel. THE RIVER OF NO RETURNS will definitely please fans of historical romances that like having a mystical twist to the story. Despite its slow start, I ended up really enjoying it and I look forward to anything else Bee Ridgway writes.


Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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4 People left their mark' :

  1. I'm half way through this, and have been for a while. I agree that it picked up significantly after the first quarter/third, but I've been distracted by other books recently. I'll have to get back to it.

    Thanks for the review.

  2. I loved this book! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed it too -- I think it deserves a lot more attention! I thought the historical and romantic elements work so well together, and it's a new and different approach to time travel as well. I was completely hooked!


  3. Finish the book when you get the chance. I think it's worth it!

  4. I totally agree. I think it need a lot more attention too!