‘Once Upon a River’ by Diane Setterfield

‘A dark midwinter night…’

I enjoyed this book. Loved the atmospheric setting at the inn and of solstice. This is a real character driven story and there’s quite a few to get to know. This book has a grown-up fairy-tale feel to it.
The writer takes her time with the story-telling and it is fairly long, so it’s something you can savour and take your time with and enjoy the intelligently descriptive prose. It has a little bit of several genres: magic, folklore, fantasy, supernatural, the Gothic, and historical fiction. I enjoy story-telling and listening to stories being told and this book reminded me of that; I loved that the importance of telling stories seems to be honoured in this book.
Overall, an enjoyable read encompassing a variety of themes from love and loss to treachery.

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