Friday, December 14, 2018

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

There's a popular tavern in town where the men go to drink and tell stories to each other. An incident can develop any number of different endings in time.  Each tells their own story with their own version of the ending.  But when an injured man comes into the tavern with a young girl in his arms, it's going to take some time before this tale is told...

Emily Bestler Books sent me an ARC of this to read for review (thank you).  According to the ARC, it will be published January 1st.

The young girl looks like a doll.  The nurse they call for help tells them she's dead.  But before the night is over, she's alive again.  She's not speaking.  No one knows who she is or where she came from.  And how could she be dead and then come back to life?  Everyone who meets her wants to adopt her.  But there are others that have lost children and hope this girl is the child returned...

One woman is looking for her little sister.  One couple is hoping it is their kidnapped daughter.  One grandfather hopes it's his missing granddaughter.

This is a long book to read.  There's a lot of family drama.  Everyone had secrets of some kind.  It takes until the end that you see how it all ties together.  

There are myths and fairy tales involved and new relationships are established as some of the old ones fall by the wayside.  There are even some pigs in the tale.  It's not all happy ever after but it's good enough and that's how life is for the most part.  

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