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Once Upon a River

by Diane Setterfield

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield X
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
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    Dec 2018, 480 pages

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Setterfield's third novel is set in the late 19th century and reads like a winding river, overflowing with mystery, twists and memorable characters.

The novel is set in Radcot in the late 19th century, where a popular gathering place called the Swann Inn has a history of storytelling. On cold, dark nights the locals gather inside to share drinks and listen to gifted raconteurs recount popular folktales and legends. It is on one such night that an injured stranger bursts through the inn's doors clutching the drowned corpse of a little girl. But just as the local nurse Rita Sunday is about to declare her officially dead, the little girl returns to life. Is it a miracle or something far more sinister? And who does the girl belong to?

Word of these events quickly spreads around the village and soon there are several claims to the four-year-old girl. Anthony and Helena Vaughan hope to identify the girl as their daughter Amelia who had been kidnapped two years prior. Farmer Robert Armstrong believes her to be Alice, the illegitimate ...

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