The River of No Return (book review)
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The River of No Return was written by Bee Ridgway. It is her first novel.
I received an e-mail asking me if I would like to receive a copy of The River of No Return for book review purposes. When the e-mail started with "Do you like romance? Time travel? Historical fiction? Maybe a little mystery? Did you enjoy A Discovery of Witches?" my answers were yes, yes, yes, yes, YES! So of course I requested a copy.
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Historical fiction, time travel, romance, and a little adventure rolled up into one book. While there were some slow times while reading, the exciting parts more than made up for it. Thinking of it now, it's almost as if the book was written to the pace of a river. Slow and steady, and then full of adventure and excitement. A nice ebb and flow.
When they compared this novel to A Discovery of Witches they weren't wrong to do so. I have to admit I was a little hesitant to believe it, but... everything I loved about Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches... I loved about The River of No Return. While there were no vampires or demons or even witches... there were people who had the power to travel time. There were times that the "skill" of time travel was more like magic. I think I've admitted in a previous book review that my brain can't always wrap itself around the whole time travel thing. While that is still true in The River of No Return, I still love the idea of time travel that Bee Ridgeway told through her story.
If you follow my book reviews at all, then you know I love all of the Young Adult Paranormal Romance type novels. But then, I read a story like The River of No Return, and I'm suddenly thinking "What am I thinking reading all of these angst ridden teen characters??? Adult characters are so much more... ADULT!" I loved the characters in The River of No Return. Of course that means I love Nick and Julia (the main characters), but I also love how all of the supporting characters move the story along. They keep you wondering what's going on, right along with Nick. One of my favorite things about the book? The fact that with most of the characters you're never quite sure who the "good guys and bad guys" are.
I can't finish this post without commenting on location. The story is set in present day New York, Vermont, and London, AND London and Devon in 1815. Bee Ridgeway does such an amazing job of switching between the locations and the eras. She definitely bought in her skill and experience with American and English literature. Amazing writing.
Is The River of No Return better than A Discovery of Witches? In my opinion, no. But... it is definitely in that category of books for me. I would absolutely recommend reading it... and I am absolutely a fan of Bee Ridgeway.