Once Upon a River Review

Ounce upon a River

Once Upon a River Hardcover by Diane Setterfield 

Release date 17 Jan 2019

I came into reading this book with a very open mind. Historical fiction is not a genre that I have read a lot of before and, I have to admit, that I was a bit worried that I would find the writing too heavy. However, the plot interested me so much that I knew that this was one that I had to read.

Once Upon a River is the story of an ancient inn on the Thames and what happens when a dead girl miraculously comes back to life. Is it magic or can it be explained by science? Well, you will have to read it to find that out…

I had so many questions reading this book. Who in the world was this girl and who did she belong to? That was the biggest question that ran throughout the book. Strangely, this book reminded me a lot of the Bobby Dunbar case, where a young boy went missing and once he returned two different families claimed he belonged to them. That’s exactly what happens in this book to that young girl.

I had to say that there are a rather a lot of characters in this book so you do really have to concentrate when you read this. But, they all have really interesting stories that I was more than willing to be a part of. They are all so unique and I liked how they all seemed to tie together and be intertwined with one another. It was very clever.

My favourite part of this book has to be the way that it is written. It has a fairytale-like quality to it, but at the same time, you feel like you really are at the Inn with these characters, sharing stories over a pint. You feel like you are coming to visit, and once the story is over, you go back to where you came from.

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