• penguin.com

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway is the kind of book that is meant to be read under the covers with a flashlight, or, in the pale grown-up substitution, staying up much later than you know is good for you just so you can find out how the current chapter ends, and then, before you know it, you’re sucked into the next chapter and you have to find out how that ends, too, and you don’t give a shit about how tired you’ll be in the morning.

It’s billed as a time-travel romance, which is probably accurate if you want to slot books into strict little categories, like widgets or something. There is time travel, and there is a romance. And it’s mostly set in 1815, ground zero for historical romance, thanks to the everlasting influence of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.