The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The River Of No Return, by Bee Ridgway
Synopsis: (from the book flap) Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Lord Nicholas Falcott wakes up in a hospital bed in twenty-first-century London. The Guild, a secretive fraternity of time travelers, helps him make a new life in the modern world. They tell him that there is no return. But Nick 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 inherited from her enigmatic grandfather...how to manipulate time. But there are those who seek to possess Julia's power, and she begins to realize she is in the gravest peril.
The Guild's rules are made to be broken, and Nick discovers how to travel back to the nineteenth century and his ancestral home. Fate and the fraying fabric of time draw Nick and Julia together once again...soon enough, they are caught up in an adventure that puts the future into their hands.
Love endures the gulf of centuries...and so does danger. As gripping as it is evocative and fast paced, The River Of No Return is a tale of lovers who match wits and gamble their hearts against the rules of time itself.
In A Sentence: An enjoyable read but not amazing.
My Thoughts: I was really enjoying myself with this read....that is until I reached the end.
First, the good stuff. Well, the characters were fun to read about; I mean they weren't huge character studies, but they likeable enough. The story idea was pretty intriguing too. This idea of time being a river and that some people could travel through was interesting. Time travel is pretty mind-boggling most of the time, but this book seemed to have a decent explanation for the storyline that made it easy to understand. The pace also seemed to move along rather nicely, with a good amount of action and intrigue to keep you from getting bored. Finally, the writing was decent. I would even venture to say that the whole book was reasonably well-written.
I was having a lot of fun with this novel; it was really turning out to be a fun adventure story. I was completely ready to give it 4 stars... and then, quite suddenly, I discovered that there was only half an hour left in the audiobook. I became very confused, because the story felt far from over. There were too many loose ends. Abruptly, the book ended with a quick little conclusion. I guess the author is planning a sequel. At least, I sincerely hope she's planning a sequel, because I am not satisfied with how this book ended.
Overall, this was a fun read, but the ending should have been a little neater, even if there are plans for a sequel. If you like historical fiction, or books about time-travel, or even a fun adventure novel, then consider this book. But maybe put this one on hold for a while, until we actually see a sequel in the works.
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