The River of No Return

By Bee Ridgway
(Hutton Adult, $28)

Young, titled and facing certain death, Lord Nicholas Falcott vanishes from a battleground in 1815 only to appear in a London hospital room nearly 200 years later. There, he is initiated into an elite group of time travelers known as The Guild, who educate him in modern mores but tell him he can’t go back to the woman he loves. Or can he? Readers are left to grapple with questions like: What if we could reel back 1,000 years with the benefit of hindsight? What if we could glimpse the future? Bee Ridgway’s debut novel delightfully removes the boundaries of life as we know it and dares us to dream. —Jaclyn Trop