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Once Upon a River

A dark midwinters night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.Is it a miracle?Is it magic?Or can it be explained by science?Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfields bestseller The Thirteenth Tale....

Title : Once Upon a River
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ISBN : 9780743298070
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 464 pages
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Once Upon a River Reviews

  • Ariel

    Diane Setterfield has long been one of my favorite authors and her new novel does not disappoint. ONCE UPON A RIVER was everything I hoped it would be. Magical and mysterious and full of mayhem. Beautifully written (it seemed like I underlined every other sentence) and emotionally resonant (I cried several times). It is the story of three missing girls and three desperate families, set against the Thames, and just as meandering and wondrous as the river itself. One of its main characters--Robert ...more

  • Bam

    I thought this book was so well written with elements of folklore and even a touch of Dickens. Setterfield is quite the storyteller!

    On the evening of the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, several regulars are gathered in the Swan on the Thames in Radcot where stories reign supreme. Suddenly the door opens, letting in a cold draft, and every eye turns to see who'd be coming in so late.

    A tall, strong man with a monstrous, bloody face stands there and in his arms appears to be a lim
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  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    3.5*

    A captivating story that will take you on a journey.

    A stranger walked into the local inn late one night, soaked, still dripping from the cold river. In his arms he’s cradling a child, motionless. Everyone rushes in to assist. The stranger is close to death and the child, already gone.

    The owner of the inn sends for the village nurse. She tends to the unconscious man and only then confirms the girl’s death. But something doesn’t feel right to her. Suddenly her trained intuition is correct…as
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  • Karen

    4.5

    I just loved this book and it’s cast of characters!

    There is an Inn along the river called the Swan, where storytellers gather to drink and spin their magic tales on cold winter nights.

    One night, in walks a terribly injured man carrying a dead little girl. There are a few possibilities of who she could be.

    Some magical occurrence seems to take place regarding the girl, she’s actually alive, when previously thought dead by the local midwife/nurse.

    This story took me on a journey filled with mag
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  • Susanne Strong

    4 Fantastical Stars!

    A Tale of Folklore, Legend, Magic and Mystery.


    Late one night at a pub called the Swan at Radcot on the River Thames, villagers unwind with a pint, as they often do. A man comes to the door with the body of a cold, lifeless girl in his arms and promptly passes out. He sleeps for days.

    Rita Sunday, the town medic, checks them both over. To her astonishment, she soon discovers that the young girl is, in fact, alive.

    People come from near and far to see her, including three f
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  • Calvin

    We've all heard the expression, when discussing old Hollywood films, that "they don't make them like they used to". Well, Diane Setterfield is here to tell you that they don't write them like they used to either.

    It's been a while since her last novel (the somewhat underwhelming Bellman & Black), so you'd be forgiven if Setterfield wasn't at the forefront of your mind. But when Once Upon a River hits the shelves in January 2019, that is very much going to change.

    This is an old fashioned, be
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  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    The Swann is an ancient Inn, along the Thames where lots of storytelling is done there. On a dark night someone was telling a story the door opened and a newcomer came in. They were trying to make sense of what they were seeing. They thought it might of been a monster from a folk tale. Once there senses came togethor, they noticed in his arms was a puppet with a face and limbs and painted hair.

    The man was unconscious and they put him on a table. They thought he was dead. Margot, the owner of the
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  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Beautiful storytelling! A lost girl, about four years old, turns up at the Swan inn and tavern by the Thames river in 1887. At first thought to be drowned, she revives but is wordless. Who does she belong to? Several people raise a claim: The wastrel oldest son of a black gentleman farmer. An abused woman who lost her younger sister many years ago. A couple whose two-year old daughter was kidnapped two years ago.

    Like the river that is the fluid, adaptable symbol for this Victorian-era story, thi
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