The River of No Return – Bee Ridgway

The river of no return

‘Time is like a river. It always flows in one direction.’  What if everything you thought was certain was not?

1812: On a lonely battlefield in Spain, Lord Nicholas Falcott, Marquess of Blackdown, is about to die …. But, the next moment, he inexplicably jumps forward in time, nearly two hundred years – very much alive. Taken under the wing of a mysterious organisation, The Guild, he receives everything he could ever need under the following conditions:

He can’t go back.  He can’t go home.  He must tell no one.

Accepting his fate, Nicholas begins a life of luxury as a twenty-first century New York socialite, living happily thus for the next ten years. But, when an exquisite wax sealed envelope brings a summons from the Alderwoman of The Guild, Nicholas is forced to confront his nineteenth century past.

Back in 1815, Julia Percy’s world has fallen apart. Her enigmatic grandfather, the Earl of Darchester, has died and left her with a closely guarded secret, one she is only now discovering – the manipulation of time. In terrible danger from unknown enemies, Julia flees her home to the sanctuary of neighbouring Falcott House. In this strange place Julia and a recently returned Nicholas are drawn to each other and together they realise how little Julia knew about her beloved grandfather and begin to understand his ominous last words…

‘Pretend.'”

Firstly I’d like to thank the publishers for sending me an uncorrected proof copy of this book to read and give an honest review.  I was thoroughly intrigued by the blurb and couldn’t wait to start reading it!

Right from the start I was captivated by the wonderful writing and intriguing storyline – initially I was in 1815 with Julia and her grandfather, I was given just enough information to let me know what was going on but also to tease me with a mystery or two.  Then I met Nick who was in 2013 at that time, I knew he was a time traveller from reading the blurb so I was keen to hear about his life and I looked forward to finding out the exact details of how he got there.  Nick repeatedly mentioned ‘the girl with the dark eyes’ and I couldn’t wait to find out who she was and how he knew her – yet another exciting mystery to solve.

Reading about the moment Nick first jumped through time was fantastic and one of my favourite parts of the book, I particularly enjoyed Nick’s reaction to modern-day items and I imagined finding myself in the same situation  – how bizarre every day items would seem to someone from that time.  By that point I was fully immersed in the wonderfully imaginative world of time travel, secrets and mystery that I couldn’t put the book down if I had wanted to!

The Guild was a bit of a puzzle for me to begin with, it claimed to provide everything a time traveller would need and nothing was required in return, but I had an uncomfortable feeling about it and didn’t totally trust the people in charge.  Nick attended their future school where he learned how to be a modern man, it was here that I discovered a few of the schools students felt the same way I did about the Guild and this was another factor that held my interest so completely.

After Julia’s grandfather had passed away I learned a little bit more about the art of playing with time and this was something else I had been looking forward to.  Obviously as the story progressed I learned more of the finer details of ‘jumping’ and by the end I felt rather knowledgeable on the subject :).  Julia’s cousin Eamon had taken her grandfathers title but he was a nasty man who was after the secret of time for himself and unfortunately for Julia he made his horrible presence felt on more than one occasion.

When Nick made his return to 1815 it was everything I had hoped it would be – mixing his knowledge of the future with the reality of that time was not easy for him and I found myself waiting for him to slip up and reveal something he shouldn’t!  Romance was also made more difficult because Nick had grown accustomed to ladies of the 21st century who weren’t quite as innocent as the ladies from his own time.

What followed was incredibly exciting, it was full of time travelling rules and politics that sometimes became quite dangerous.  The story was imaginative but the author had written it in such a way that it somehow felt believable and maybe even a little bit possible (my imagination certainly ran away with me while I was reading it).  The ending seemed to indicate that there is more to come and if that is the case then I am so excited about what lies ahead!

This was an addictive, mysterious and exciting read that captured my imagination entirely.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bee was born and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts, in a parsonage made from three stuck-together old cottages.  She then attended Oberlin College, worked for a year in features at Elle Magazine, and went on to Cornell for a doctoral degree in English literature.  After several years spent chasing research material and true love around the UK, she settled down to teach American literature at Bryn Mawr College.  Bee lives with her partner in Philadelphia.  The River of No Return is her first novel.

To find out more about Bee Ridgway click on the following links:

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The River of No Return is published by Penguin/Michael Joseph and released on 23 May 2013, you can purchase it from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

Tempest – Julie Cross – Winner!

The winner of this giveaway as chosen by random.org is:

@lunaslibrary

Congratulations, I will contact you via Twitter to arrange delivery of your prize.

Thank you to everyone who entered, there will be more giveaways to come so watch this space!

Tempest can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

               

Tempest – Julie Cross – UK Giveaway

GIVEAWAY CLOSED

I seemed to have complete brain failure when I bought this book because I’ve already read and reviewed it (in my defence, it does have a different cover to the other copy I have).  It wasn’t until I got home that I realised my mistake so today I’m running a UK giveaway for a paperback copy of Tempest by Julie Cross.

“Jackson Meyer is hiding a secret. He can time-travel. But he doesn’t know how he does it, how to control it or what it means.

When Jackson, and his girlfriend Holly, find themselves in fatal danger, Jackson panics and catapults himself two years into his past, further than he’s ever managed before, and this time he can’t find a way back to the future. All the rules of time-travel he’s experienced so far have been broken and Jackson has no choice but to pretend to be his younger self whilst he figures out a solution.

Jackson is tearing himself apart with guilt and frustration, wondering if Holly survived. He’s also become the target of an unknown enemy force and it seems even his dad is lying to him.

Jackson is racing against time to save the girl he loves, but to do that he must first discover the truth about his family and himself. And stay alive.”

 Click here if you would like to read my review of this book.

Entering the giveaway is simple – just follow Me, My Books and I on Twitter and leave a comment below with your Twitter name so I know that you’ve entered.

The giveaway is UK ONLY so please do not enter if you do not have a UK address.  It will run for one week ending at 10am GMT on Friday 14 September 2012.  Any entries received after that time will not be counted.  There will be one winner who will be chosen at random using random.org, I will contact the winner via Twitter to arrange delivery of the prize.

Good luck!

Turn The Tides Gently – Matt Wingett

“A young man encounters what he thinks is a mythical creature living in the seas around the island city of Portsmouth. Is he going mad? Or is his encounter set to change his world in ways he never expected?

Every nook and cranny of the island city of Portsmouth is filled with history, and Dave is more sensitive to it than anyone. Troubled by the death of his brother and rejection by his mother, he has withdrawn into a world of his own in which he hallucinates a safe and comforting past.

But one night as he walks the island’s shore, he encounters something that disturbs his dreamy world forever. Dave cannot quite tell whether this new vision has come to open new possibilities, or to upset his world completely.”

First of all I’d like to thank Matt Wingett (@TurnTheTidesGen on Twitter) for sending me this eBook novella to review.

This book interested me because it is set in Portsmouth which is not far from where I live, plus I’ve always loved mermaid stories.

As I was reading I got the feeling of darkness and sadness in Dave’s life, there was something mysterious about him that I couldn’t quite figure out until I got to the end of the story.  Dave was a likeable character who I really felt for – you could sense his confusion at what was happening to him and you can’t help but feel that he didn’t deserve it.

I spent most of the time wondering what the mermaid’s motives were, I couldn’t decide if she was just being friendly or if she was dangerous in some way and, again, this was revealed by the end of the book.

I liked the interesting idea about cats, I don’t think I’ll look at a cat the same way ever again!  Another thing that I enjoyed was the idea of being able to see present day life mixed with images from another era, I had come up with all sorts of explanations for this but once I got to the end and found out the reason for it, it turned out that none of my guesses were right.

This was an enjoyable short story that felt imaginative and magical.

Turn The Tides Gently is available to buy from Amazon.

Tempest – Julie Cross

 

It was the cover that first attracted me to this book and when I realised that it was a book about time travel it really caught my interest because I hadn’t read any time travelling stories before.

The two main characters in this book are Jackson and Holly, they are young and in love but Holly doesn’t know about Jackson’s ability to jump back in time.  Jackson’s geeky friend Adam helps him figure out the scientific side of ‘jumping’ and encourages him to record the details of his time travelling experiences.

At the beginning of the story Jackson seems very confident but that gradually starts to fade when he realises the dangers involved with his lifestyle.  A major event happens in the story which throws Jackson further back than he’s ever been before and he discovers things that will affect his future in a big way.

I loved how intense this book was, I just had to keep reading to find out where the story would take me.  The twists and turns had me on the edge of my seat and I was completely unable to predict what would happen next!  The relationship between Jackson and Holly was also fantastic to read, it’s like you can really feel Jackson’s feelings jumping off the page at you.

This is a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and I can’t wait for more!