Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River Review

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.

Title:Once Upon a River
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Emily May

    Along the borders of this world lie others.There are places you can cross.This is one such place. This is a beautiful story. It's a genre-crosser: something of a historical mystery told like a fairy ...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    "It was solstice night, the longest night of the year... And as the borders between night and day stretch to their thinnest, so too do the borders between worlds... Unexpected things can happen. Did t...

  • Debra

    On a deep, dark night at an inn located on the Thames river, the regulars have gathered to swap stories, drink and unwind from their days. The evening is like any other night at the inn, until an inju...

  • Angela M

    I was attracted to something that I read about this book which describes an inn where people came to tell their stories. The thought of that reminded me of Canterbury Tales, read many, many years ago ...

  • 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 sen...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Storytelling perfection! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I have read nothing like Once Upon a River. A more modern fairy tale? Quite a bit of suspense and mystery…and wonder…and charm…Once Upon a River take...

  • 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...

  • Diane S ?

    4+ A wonderful homage to the art of storytelling. I come from a long line of storytellers, summers when my cousins were led on ghost walks by our fathers and uncles as they told ghoststories. We all l...

  • 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...

  • Paromjit

    Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield is an ode to rivers and a celebration of the imagination and art of storytelling set in the Victorian era around the local communities living in Oxford next to t...