logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
Once Upon a River - Diane Setterfield
Once Upon a River
by: (author)
4.36 55
Solstice is a time of dreaming, a time of stories and a time of magic. On a dark, misty night in the small English village of Radcot, locals gather at the Swan Inn to cap their day with drinks and lore. The 600-year-old pub is a famed hub for storytellers, but the patrons cannot know that their... show more
Solstice is a time of dreaming, a time of stories and a time of magic.

On a dark, misty night in the small English village of Radcot, locals gather at the Swan Inn to cap their day with drinks and lore. The 600-year-old pub is a famed hub for storytellers, but the patrons cannot know that their evening will be stranger than any tale they could weave. Into the inn bursts a mysterious man, sopping and bloodied and carrying an unconscious four-year-old girl. But before he can explain who he and the child are, and how they came to be injured, he collapses.

Upriver, two families are searching desperately for their missing daughters. Alice Armstrong has been missing for twenty-four hours, ever since her mother’s suicide. And Amelia Vaughan vanished without a trace two years prior. When the families learn of the lost little girl at the Swan Inn, each wonders if their child has at last been found. But identifying the child may not be as easy as it seems.

Once Upon a River is a miracle of a novel, a tale of love and family, of secrets and betrayal, and of the transformative power of storytelling.
show less
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385663328
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
Bookstores:
Community Reviews
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
5.0 Once Upon a Time...
Yes! My soul needed a good magical realism book. It was crying out for it you guys. "Once Upon a River" delves into many characters but manages to thread the needle with keeping an eye on the main plot from beginning to end of this book. I absolutely loved "The 13th Tale" so I was looking forward to...
Confuzzled Books
Confuzzled Books rated it
5.0 Reminds Me Of Irish Folklore
In a tavern off the coast of the Thames, locals come to hear stories and drink their troubles away. Some of them are about to play a part in a story that myths and legends are made from. A little girl is brought to the tavern saved by a man who happened to see her in the river. The man passes out fr...
Lora's Rants and Reviews
Lora's Rants and Reviews rated it
3.5 Once Upon a River
by Diane Setterfield During a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, an injured man with a dead child are brought in from the river. The local healer is brought in and somehow, the dead child comes back to life. This story had a poetic quality to the prose in the beginning redol...
Momma Says to Read
Momma Says to Read rated it
3.0 Once Upon a River
Once Upon a River combines folklore, magic, and mystery with a Gothic feel. The author is, without a doubt, talented and certainly has a gift for prose and vivid details. That said, I came away from this one with mixed feelings. The book is character driven, and there are quite a lot of characters t...
drallapaul
drallapaul rated it
4.0 Historical mystery novel with a magic realism touch - worth a look
Taking place at the end of the 19th century over the period of a year along the upper Thames, this novel deals with the discovery of an injured man and a seemingly dead girl emerging from the river at the Swan inn. From there, a series of events take place involving a host of locals of various descr...
Other editions (1)
Books by Diane Setterfield
On shelves
Share this Book
Need help?