For today’s Thursday give away, we have an advance copy of Bee Ridgway’s debut novel, The River of No Return.
Here’s the official blurb:
In Bee Ridgway’s wonderfully imaginative debut novel, a man and a woman travel through time in a quest to bring down a secret society that controls the past and, thus, the future.
“You are now a member of the Guild. There is no return.” Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott, soldier and aristocrat, wakes up in a hospital bed in modern London. The Guild, an entity that controls time travel, showers him with life’s advantages. But Nick yearns for home and for one brown-eyed girl, lost now down the centuries. Then the Guild asks him to break its own rule. It needs Nick to go back to 1815 to fight the Guild’s enemies and to find something called the Talisman.
In 1815, Julia Percy mourns the death of her beloved grandfather, an earl who could play with time. On his deathbed he whispers in her ear: “Pretend!” Pretend what? When Nick returns home as if from the dead, older than he should be and battle scarred, Julia begins to suspect that her very life depends upon the secrets Grandfather never told her. Soon enough Julia and Nick are caught up in an adventure that stretches up and down the river of time. As their knowledge of the Guild and their feelings for each other grow, the fate of the future itself is hanging in the balance.
I am not even sure how to begin to describe this novel. I can only steal a term from Sarah of Smart Bitches and say that this book is, indeed, awesomesauce. Both the modern and the historical element are incredibly well done, and the Regency we see through the eyes of a marquess who returns to his own world after ten years in the future is by no means the standard Regency-land of your average novel. It’s a much more realistic and grittier version of that world. It’s far more than just cravats, Almack’s, and Prinny.
So, for an advance copy of Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return, here’s your question:
What’s your favorite Regency-set novel?
The winner will be announced on Sunday.