Book review–The River of No Return- Bee Ridgway

Synopsis: Nicholas Davenant lives a lie.

Single, handsome and wealthy, his perfect life is a façade constructed to hide the incredible truth – he was born two hundred years ago.  Somehow, in the face of certain death, Nicholas inexplicably jumped forward in time and awoke to find himself in the care of a mysterious society.

The Guild, a secretive fraternity of time travellers, helped him make a new life in the modern world.  They told him that there is no return.  But Nicholas yearns for home and for one beautiful woman in particular, now lost to history.

Back in 1815, that very woman, Julia Percy, finds herself the guardian of a family secret: a strange talent inherited from her enigmatic grandfather.  But there are those who seek to possess Julia’s power, and she begins to realise she is in the gravest peril.

The Guild, breaking its own rules, sends Nicholas back to the nineteenth century and his ancestral home.  Fate and the fraying fabric of time draw him and Julia together once again… and soon enough they are caught up in an adventure that puts the future of the world into their hands.

Love endures the gulf of centuries … and so does danger.  As gripping as it is evocative, The River of No Return is a tale of lovers who match wits and gamble their hearts against the rules of time itself.



‘Time is like a river. It always flows in one direction.’


“Her tale and the world she’s crafted unfold gracefully and compellingly through precise yet lush prose. The result is a novel that fans of hardcore fantasy and literary fiction alike can get behind. The River of No Return is a gorgeous, sweeping debut that is easy to get lost in.”  – Bookpage


My thoughts:

This is Ridgway’s debut novel.  I was fascinated to read this book as I like reading about time travel and it was suggested that readers who enjoyed The Time Traveller’s Wife may indeed like this book and be swept away by this novel.  It is a big book (over 500 pages) and full of different characters who all have an important role in the story.  I did really enjoy it though and got lost in the story whether it was Devon or London in 1815 or Vermont in 2013.  There are some interesting plot twists towards the end and it seems to come to a rather swift conclusion, perhaps indicating that there may be a follow on book.  I certainly hope there is as I would like to see the story develop as I feel there is plenty of scope to do so.

Bee Ridgway grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. She attended Oberlin College (B.A.), then worked for a year as an editorial assistant at Elle magazine. She studied literature at Cornell University (M.A. and Ph.D.). She has worked at Bryn Mawr College since 2001. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Disclaimer: I originally received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, but ended up borrowing it from the library as it archived itself before I had time to finish it.

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  • I love time travel books too, Cathy! This one sounds particularly interesting with all the unique locations. 🙂

    • Yeah another time travel book fan Krista! I’m glad that I read it 🙂