Book Club Favorite: Once Upon A River

A beguiling and masterful tale of mystery on the river Thames, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Diane Setterfield.

By Heather Rainbow

The ancient Swan Inn sat on the banks of the river Thames and had come to be known as the place to go to have a drink and hear a story. On one particular night, it became the place where a story began. 

It was the longest night of the year when a gravely wounded stranger entered the Swan--carrying the lifeless body of a little girl. Hours later the child begins to stir and takes a breath, returning to life. Is it magic or a miracle? Is there a scientific explanation? 

The residents of the riverbank are keen to solve the puzzle of the girl who died and lived. However, the mystery that surrounds her only deepens with time. Three different families rush to claim her as their own lost child. But the girl herself is mute and cannot tell her story.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale will keep you racing through the pages of this spellbinding and enthralling novel. In the novel Once Upon a River, author Diane Setterfield gloriously weaves a tale of folklore and science, and of magic and myth. You'll be swept along the current of this suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric story that traverses worlds both real and imagined. This is the rare book that stays with you long after the last page. 

Read and discuss Once Upon a River all month long! Get reading group guide via the official book page and be sure to enter for a chance to win 12 free copies for you and your friends! 

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