A dark midwinter’s 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 Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.
Thank you Atria Books for gifting me a copy of this book, and inviting me on to the blog tour for this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own. I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
As many others have said before me, this was a richly atmospheric book, that I wholeheartedly did not want to end. This is one of those rare books that can be written with such rich detail, but doesn’t completely bog you down at the same time. It’s descriptive, and lyrical, and whilst reading it, it feels like you are holding a small piece of magic in your hands. This is my first Setterfield book, and I am so genuinely pleased with her storytelling capabilities that I cannot wait to read more. This is definitely one of my top five Magical Realism books!
There are a lot of characters in this book, and the pacing may throw some readers off, but if you don’t mind either of those, than I totally recommend you pick up this book. Not only is the cover beautiful, the story and writing style is too. I am not sure that I have came across anyone that has disliked this book.
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