Storytelling at the Swan is the favorite past time of the crowd and the reason so many men stop by for their drinks.
One night the storytelling became real when a man who had been hurt and a small girl who appeared as if she had drowned fell through the inn’s front door.
Then a miracle happened....the girl came alive again. The townspeople and their storytelling ways had many questions, and some thought the girl was one of their own who had passed.
We follow the characters as they try to interpret what happened as we are treated to Ms. Setterfield’s beautiful, poetic, descriptive style.
And...we can’t forget the character, the Thames River....it is a part of everyone’s lives and what the story line revolves around.
The ending of each character’s story made the statement....”Something is going to happen,” and something definitely did.
ONCE UPON A RIVER beautifully and slowly unfolded as the mystery of the little girl was revealed and as we learn about the lives of the characters.
If you enjoy a Gothic theme, and a story line with intriguing as well as odd characters, ONCE UPON A RIVER should be a book you will enjoy.
I do have to say it was a bit long, but Ms. Setterfield's marvelous storytelling skills make you want it to go on even longer especially once the mystery is revealed and you find out more about the characters. 4/5
This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.