This Monday, we have a special treat: a paperback copy of Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return.

Here’s the official blurb:

river of no return 2Devon, 1815. The charming Lord Nicholas Davenant and the beguiling Julia Percy should make a perfect match.

But before their love has a chance to grow, Nicholas is presumed dead in the Napoleonic war.
Nick, however, is lost in time. Somehow he escaped certain death by leaping two hundred years forward to the present day where he finds himself in the care of a mysterious society – the Guild. Questioning the limits of the impossible, Nick is desperate to find a way back to the life he left behind. Yet with the future of time itself hanging in the balance, could it be that the girl who first captured his heart has had the answers all along? Can Nick find a way to return to her?

As those of you who follow this site know, I was enthralled with this book when it made its debut last year in hardcover. And now it’s back in paperback! (There’s also a prequel novella, The Time Tutor).

So, for a paperback copy of The River of No Return, here’s your question:

If you could go back in time, which time period would you hop to?

One person will be chosen at random to receive a paperback copy of The River of No Return. The winner will be announced on Wednesday.

The River of No Return makes its appearance in stores tomorrow, March 25– along with the paperback edition of The Ashford Affair and Tracy Grant’s The Berkeley Square Affair!

Tuesday, March 25: an excellent day to go to the bookstore.


  1. Marianne on March 24, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I’d love to go back to ancient Rome – but only as the wife of a Senator or something like that. (I’d say as a Senator myself but women in those days, well, you know.)

  2. Nicole Laverdure on March 24, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Oh , I love a time travel story, should be interesting to read! also love that time period!

  3. Megan Moore on March 24, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I would go to the 18/19th century. The gowns and the dances, and the lords and ladies…it sounds so romantic!

  4. Susan Gorman on March 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I would travel back to the late 1040s- early 1950s.
    This book sounds like a great read!

  5. Susan Gorman on March 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Meant to type 1940s..
    Need more coffee!

  6. Daniele K on March 24, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I would go back to Victorian England. The time travel aspect of this book sounds interesting. Thanks for the opportunity.

  7. jessica nelson on March 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I would go back to the 18th century. That is the period in history that I study.

  8. Jeannie Davison on March 24, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I would love to go to the time of Jane Austen.

  9. Kayse on March 24, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I’d be torn between the Georgian/Regency era, or the Edwardian era. There’s so much history that I wish I could see in person, it would be so hard for me to choose!

  10. Ellen on March 24, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I guess if I can only choose one time period, I would have to choose 18th dynasty Egypt. Hatshepsut, Ankhenaton, Tut, (not that they were co-terminous) what’s not to love!

  11. Claire Alley on March 24, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I would love to go back to Regency England. It truly fascinates me.

  12. Julia on March 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I would go back to Victorian England!

  13. Alexandra on March 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

    WWII in the US. Life on the “home front” intrigues me.

  14. Catie on March 24, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I would like to go forward 200 years. 2214 would be a real trip!

  15. Kristy on March 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I would choose the Regency time period. It’s my favorite.

  16. Nancy on March 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Not sure I would go back to any time period even though they fascinate me. I am too modern to shut up and be the proper female to survive well 🙂

  17. Jacki on March 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I would love to travel back to early 1900 through 1920 Los Angeles to see the movie industry at the beginning!! That would be awesome!


  18. Danielle on March 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I would love to go back to Los Angeles in the 1910s or 1920s, right when the film industry was starting and there were still orchards covering the valley! I love the idea that you could just walk onto a studio lot, hang out for a bit, start doing extra work and then make it into these epic films!

  19. Cortney on March 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I think the Roaring Twenties would be a fascinating time to see in person – wearing drop waist dresses, going to jazz clubs, finger waving my hair and getting involved with the women’s suffrage movement as it takes off. Such an exciting period!

  20. Molly J on March 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    My best friend and I have talked about going back to the Regency time period together!

  21. Anne Burner on March 24, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I wonder how did I miss this book when it first came out? I’m a Whovian, after all!

    Time period, time period. I’m thinking Jazz Age myself, but in Shanghai instead of the US. Just a touch of exoticism to jazz and alcohol.

  22. Ammy Belle on March 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I would like to go back to the time when the pyraminds were being built in Egypt.

  23. Ella on March 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    If I could visit or even live for awhile in Edwardian England, I would be very happy. All my favorite literature would have been or would be published along with operas, fashion, women’s rights, etc…
    As long as I could go back as upper middle class that is…

  24. Aleen on March 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve always loved the 1920s. Flapper girl and all that. What made me want to do that? Watching Agatha Christie’s Poirot series on PBS. Also love the Art Deco furniture. If I could have a house decorated in that time frame I would be in heaven.

  25. Nikki B on March 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I love this paperback cover! I have only seen the hardcover, but I really like this!

    If I could travel back in time, it would be to the 1800s… in America or in Britain (but only if I could be part of the aristocracy in Britain; otherwise, its America all the way).

  26. LynnS on March 24, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Elizabethan England, but only if I could go back as a man!

  27. Denise on March 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I give being a really good (and wealthy) friend of Queen Elizabeth a go — mid to late 1500’s

  28. bn100 on March 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    maybe 1800s England

  29. Nancy Kvorka on March 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Regency, Victorian and the 1920’s, either US, England or even Australia for the 20’s. And as others have mentioned, having some money of my own would be a good thing.

  30. Am7 on March 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    1890’s or 1910’s where I would be a suffragette!

    • Betty S. on March 24, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      You might like Tracy Chevalier’s Falling Angels.

  31. Pat D on March 24, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Tough one! I think pre and post WW1 would be really interesting in Great Britain. But must be independently wealthy!

  32. Michelle on March 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Late 1700s definitely!

  33. Mrs. Eby on March 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I’d go back to the Renaissance when a woman was in power, and the world was opening to new places and new possibilities.

  34. Sharlene Martin Moore on March 24, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Honestly I don’t know. There are so many fascinating times, but they all had problems also.

    I do love a time travel book though, let’s me go there without the inconveniences. I would not do well without creature comforts.

  35. Heather M on March 24, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I think I’d travel to the 1800s

  36. Jessica C on March 24, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Regency or Edwardian England. Gorgeous clothes, fascinating shifts in society, what’s not to love?

  37. Betty S. on March 24, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    This sounds a lot like the television series Sleepy Hollow – only he was transported from the Revolutionary War to modern day.

    I would pick the Regency period.

  38. Abby on March 24, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Early eighteenth century New England- there are some court trials I’ve studied with missing documents and I really, really want to know what happened!

  39. Joan LaHaie on March 24, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    would like to be transported to Georgette Heyer’s
    version of Regency England…one of the nobility of course!

  40. LeeB. on March 24, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Definitely to Regency London. I’d visit Gunter’s ice cream parlor, Hatchard’s (and compare it to what it looks like today) and Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Of course I would search out all the characters from Regency books I have read. 🙂

  41. Suzanne on March 25, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Gosh, that is a hard one. I am a lot with the Hero of Midnight In Paris when he said to one of the characters about the belle epoch, “But you can’t go back there. They didn’t have anti-biotics!.” I have been watching “Time Travellers Guide To Elizabethan England” this week and the big question was if you were suddenly dropped there with just the clothes you stood up in how would you survive? The answer was that you probably wouldn’t and if you did life would horrible.

    But if I got all romantic and illogical and had to choose I would go with the 1920s. It was such a fascinating and elegant era. I love the clothes, art deco and the music. Cole Porter, Gershwin, Kern, it was marvellous. I think I could really cope with being a band singer back then. Or even better, the new invention; radio.

  42. Vanessa on March 25, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Since I was 12 I’ve wanted to time travel back to the Victorian age (I blame it on all those Jean Plaidy/Holt novels)!

  43. DIANE on March 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

    The place and time period I would like to travel to is right before world war II in London.

  44. Laura on March 25, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I would love to travel to the Chicago’s Worlds Fair and see the Farris Wheel.

  45. Alyssa on March 25, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I would love to travel back in time and experience Arthurian times. I want to know which aspect of the legends are true!

  46. Lisa H on March 25, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Oh, I have had this on my “to be read” list since I first heard about it! Would love to win it!!

    I’ve been reading many books set in the 1920s recently and think that would be a fabulous time period to visit.

    Thanks for the chance!

  47. Jan Siler on March 25, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I would go back to the court of Edward IV – such a place of intrigue!

  48. Lindsey B. on March 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    If I could choose, I would definitely go back to Regency England!

  49. Louise B on March 25, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I would go to World War II. As terrible as the time was, people knew what was right and good. I would like to live with that clarity.

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