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Once Upon a RiverThe Swann is an ancient Inn along the Thames where lots of storytelling is done there On a dark night someone was telling a story the door opened and a newcomer came in They were trying to make sense of what they were seeing They thought it might of been a monster from a folk tale Once there senses came togethor they noticed in his arms was a Yolanda's Genius puppet with a face and limbs andainted hairThe man was unconscious and they Fettan put him on a table They thought he was dead Margot the owner of the inn laid a feather in his lips and it moved He was breathing No one knew him Jonathaonut the Die Kunst Des Zeichnens: Die grosse Zeichenschule: Praxisorientiert und gut erklärt puppet on his lap He noticed that theuppets hair was made with real hair and it s ears looked so real He gave it a shake and the arm swung from its shoulder Then he noticed it was a little girl She wouldn t wake up They thought she drowned and was dead Rita thought she was four years old She had no ulse and wasn t breathing The girl was dead before she went into the water There was no sign on how she died After some time the corpse opened her eyes The girls head moved Her eyes closed again and they noticed her chest was moving She was breathing in and out What made this girl come alive again Who does she belong to Is it a miracle or is it magic Did it have anything to do with the winter solstice This book was so beautifully written You could just get lost in the rose I just loved the atmosphere I love this author and loved The Thirteenth Tale by her so I just had to read this one I loved it just as much I thought this was a character driven novel and thought the characters were well done I just loved Rita The book needs to be read slow there was a little confusion for me but then all the The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans peices came together and it then becomes a mystery It is a thoughtrovoking novel It really makes you think I thought it was very enchanting and it was very well crafted The book is art historical fiction a little fantasy magical realism and mystery Just a little something for everyone Even though it has a slow burn to it I suggest to keep reading it because it gets a lot better I am so happy that I stuck with it I love this author I highly recommend it if you don t mind a slow burnI want to thank AtriaEmily Bestler Books and NetGalley for the copy of this book in exchange for a honest review This is the most long winded book I think I ve ever read It s been a long time since a book has given me feelings of dread every time I icked it upAlthough I ve never read a book by this author I was nonetheless excited to dive into this one based on the rave reviews for not only this book but for Setterfield s The Thirteenth Tale Not every author andor book is for everybody and this one was certainly not my glass of chocolate milk While the rose is without a doubt rolific the story crawled at an excruciating ace with ages and Times of Bede pages of descriptive text Some have commented that therolonged details are necessary in the telling prolonged details are necessary in the telling the story I humbly disagree There are a ton of characters in this story and while they are all fleshed out to the nth degree I didn t care about or relate to any of themThere is a lot of magic as well religious undertones in this story both of which turned me off immediately as I tend to steer clear of those subjects I realize that I am in the tiniest of minority of The Catechism of the Council of Trent people that feel this book fell way short of expectations while most every other reviewer fell in love with this book I do not discourage readers fromicking this one up for that reason alone2 Stars for the writing I was

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an ARC this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield is a 2019 AtriaEmily Bestler Books City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York publication A deeply mysterious hypnotic and fantastical Gothic yarn Nearly a century ago on Winter Solstice folks assembled together at The Swan at Radcot a local inn where theylan to spend the evening swapping stories But suddenly a stranger comes staggering in half drowned carrying a young girl who appears deceased However when the local nurse is called to the scene she discovers the child is breathing appearing to have miraculously returned from the dead The man who rescued the child has no idea who she is While the girl remains mute she is claimed by three different The Runaway Prophet Jonah Study Guide 1998 people or families One woman dubiously claims the girl is her sister while another couple devastated by the kidnapping of their only daughter isositive the child is theirs and yet another couple is convinced the girl is their grandchild the daughter of their ne er do well son While the base foundation is built up around the mystery of the Lazarus child there are several separate threads embedded within the main story Each character carries a burden a secret or extreme guilt but they also carry hope and the wish to keep the child away from any harm refusing to become combatant with the others who wish to claim her The author weaves magical realism into the mysterious tale seamlessly creating an exuisite Gothic atmosphere so thick you can slice it This book is Književna groupie 2: Strovaljivanje perfectly suited to my taste in Gothic fiction I loved the mystery the allegory and the combinations of various historical and Gothic styles the author employs whichays homage to a few literary greats In many ways this novel is an ode to storytelling because the art of verbal storytelling is at the core upon which the book is based The residents who gather at The Swan and their stories are referenced often Even the title bor. On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames an extraordinary event takes lace The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child Hours later the girl stirs takes a breath and returns to life Is it a miracle Is it magic Or can science rovide an explanation These uestions have many answers some of them uite dark indeedThose who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the Davids Sling puzzle of the girl who died and lived again yet as the daysass the mys. Rows from the age old Once Upon a Time which recedes a great many stories which have been Dangerously Placed passed down for centuries These tales legends and myths folklore and fairytales can challenge the imagination and nurture creativity as well asass along a few lessons encouraging one to exercise a little critical thinking as well This absorbing tale slowly lures the reader into its web moving at a languid Just Destiny pace bringing various threads together a little at a time whileroviding what might be best described as vignettes within the base of the story which keeps the reader invested while adding depth character and emotions into the mix leaving one transfixed by the all the implications and developments the imagery whimsy and reflection This story does have a large cast of characters does meander a bit and is very dense which did reuire a sharper focus on my Paradise Run part Ironically though the large cast and the intricacy of thelot which I normally struggle with was an asset and not a hindrance in this case However one may need to exercise a little atience in the beginning and I might also suggest unplugging for a while to fully absorb the rich textures and layers of the story Savor this one slowly when you can give it your undivided attention You ll soon find yourself lost in another time and lace so far removed from the ordinary you ll be reluctant to leave the cocoon the story has wrapped you up in That is what a good story should do If you follow my reviews then you know I love Gothic tales so of course I was easily drawn into this uniue story and relished every second of it For those who aren t into Gothic stories as much as I am this one might challenge you a bit But if you stick with it you may discover that while it might be an acuired a taste once you ve been bitten by the bug you ll be a fan for life5 stars Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield is an ode to rivers and a celebration of the imagination and art of storytelling set in the Victorian era around the local communities living in Oxford next to the Thames Once upon a time in an ancient inn The Swan where storytellers are revered beyond measure an injured stranger bursts through its doors falling down unconscious clutching the corpse of a drowned young gi On a deep dark night at an inn located on the Thames river the regulars have gathered to swap stories drink and unwind from their days The evening is like any other night at the inn until an injured stranger walked in carrying what they believe to be a doll in his arms and collapses After calling upon the local midwifenurse they learn that the doll is a young girl A young girl who appears to be dead after drowning in the river yet lives No one recognizes the man or the child Word gets out as word often does and the villagers begin whispering their theories There are also families out there with missing daughters Those who desperately want their child back those who want to see this four year girl to determine if she is their missing loved one The girl never appears to recognize anyone nor does she speak She looks longingly at the river as if waiting for something or someoneLike the Thames river this book flowed There are a lot of characters in this book and after a couple of chapters I had them straight Setterfield has built a community of characters who have their own backstories and history All the families and back stories are important So no skimming This book felt epic in nature It s also atmospheric with the river the rain the countryside I could imagine everything that was happening We are not told the year but this took Help Me, Jacques Cousteau place afterhotography was invented so I laced this during the mid 1800 sAs with all books there will be characters the reader likes and those we are not meant to like "ARMSTRONG AND RITA WERE MY FAVORITES I LOVED RITA " and Rita were my favorites I loved Rita inuisitive mind and her dedication to science and conducting experiments to make sense of things medically such as how does cold water affect the heart rate Living in a time of superstition and belief in magic she was ahead of her times in my opinion Armstrong was a gentleman who loved his family and was decent and kind even when there were those who were not kind to himThis book relies on folklore and the mystery of the missing girl But this is not the only storymystery in this book Setterfield has crafted many stories within her storynovel Each family is distinct and as the lot unravels the reader learns that there is than one mystery in this book Not only do most characters have backstories as I The Book of Mordred previously mentioned there is also the story of uietly a character I wasn t sure was real or aiece of local folklore used to explain life and death on the Thames I loved the writing descriptions and the way the lot unfolded in the end With each twist and revelation came new information leaving me with several aha moments while and revelation came new information leaving me with several aha moments while This book is on the longer side and at times it felt a little long but then at book s completion I understood the reason for its length Initially while reading I thought erhaps this book could use a little editing but again once I was finished I appreciated knowing all the information and it all came together in the endKeep in mind that although this book has mystery and some suspense it is largely character driven For me this made for a slower yet very satisfying read This is not a book one should Wie war das noch? Schulwissen, neu aufpoliert plow through or try to read in one day take your time and again no skimming Even if you thin. Tery only deepens The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential uestions Who is she Where did she come from And to whom does she belong But answersroliferate nonethelessThree families are keen to claim her A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter missing for two years A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son’s secret liaison stand ready to welcome their granddaughter The arson’s housekeeper humble and isolated sees in the child the image of her younger sister But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbre. K something is unimportant most likely that will just be the Gods Callgirl part that you need toay attention the mostAtmospheric well written engaging and interesting This was like reading a fairy tale for grown ups Setterfield has Forever I'm Yours proven yet again that she is a great story tellerThank you to Atria Books and NetGalley whorovided me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my ownRead of my reviews at wwwopenbookpostcom UPDATE In Audible US sale until end of Sept I thinkIt s so beautifulIt was wonderful and magical and I loved it That s all that matters Mel Happy Reading Along the borders of this world lie othersThere are laces you can crossThis is one such lace This is a beautiful story It s a genre crosser something of a historical mystery told like a fairy tale with magical realism Everything straddles the line between reality and the supernatural and sometimes it steps over into the fantastical which might be surprising for fans of Setterfield s The Thirteenth Tale I think it works really well though I should oint out that the story is very slow burn and that s how the whole book unfolds there s no aha moment when the ace suddenly starts racing It s a gentle often sad story of the magic in the mundane and the normal in the seemingly miraculous Setterfield sets the tale along the banks of the River Thames in 1887 True to our own history this time is rife with superstition and folklore tales of ghosts and fortune telling This allows for some uncertainty over what is supernatural and what exists in the minds of superstitious Renoir people Does Bess really have the ability to look into someone s soul and see their true self or is she just a woman adept at readingeopleI think that s what makes this story so thrilling The line between our reality and the Nebular Sammelband 5 - Galaxis in Panik possibility of the supernatural is a fine one I love fairy tales that open your eyes to the many magical things in our own worldThe story follows many characters and is largely centred around an inn called The Swan One night an injured man stumbles into the inn carrying a dead child A child who sometime later is alive Not only is this a mystery in itself but so is the child s identity Where did she come from Could she be the missing daughter of the Vaughans who disappeared two years earlier Could she be the grandchild of Mr Armstrong The child in uestion does not speak a word The rhythm of the train on the tracks suggested words to his overtired brain and he heard them as clearly as if an unseenerson had Nightwing: On the Razor's Edge pronounced them Something is going to happen As with The Thirteenth Tale Setterfield really emphasizes theower of stories to shape Bakunin: The Creative Passion people The lore believed by these characterslays into their everyday lives defining them They are all so well drawn living seemingly simple working class lives but hiding dark secrets and traumas that will of course come back to haunt them Perhaps literally This is a gorgeous fairy tale woven with everything that gives fairy tales their timeless uality It is a uieter grounded in reality version of Katherine Arden Or Naomi Novik The Feel Naomi Novik The feel me somewhat of 2012 s The Snow Child but with a very different setting and a bigger cast of charactersFans of uiet fairy tales about The Donegal Woman people and maybe magic should love this Warnings for view spoilerphysical onage and sexual off Martha's Chickens and the Pirates page abuse hide spoiler I was attracted to something that I read about this book which describes an inn whereeople came to tell their stories The thought of that reminded me of Canterbury Tales read many many years ago in college about travelers telling their stories There are many stories here to be told and I was drawn in from the beginning by the descriptive writing of the River Thames the characters I was on the river at the inn and in the lives of this cast of characters I always hesitate to use the word atmospheric because it s used so often but in this case it s the best word I can come up with to describe the feel of this novelSomething happens at the inn known for story telling the Swann at Radcot when an injured man and a little girl appearing to be dead show up Shortly after Rita the nurse who could easily be a doctor is examining the little girl and then she s not really dead any This is not just the story of the girl who mesmerizes anyone who sees her While she is an attraction to many eople she also represents hope to others who have lost a little girl wanting her to be theirs Is she the Vaughn s missing daughter Amelia or is she the Armstrong s granddaughter Alice or is she Lily White s little sister Ann who has been missing or will she belong to Rita who it seems has brought her back to life Does she belong to anyone There is mystery and magical realism and the fairy belong to anyone There is mystery and magical realism and the fairy like uality of the girl was reminiscent for me of The Snow Child I needed to be atient with this one because I felt it was slow at times and maybe a little long Having said that the writing is lovely and there are a number of characters to connect with I loved the ending This ARC was Amstel Girl: Playing With Destiny provided by theublisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review It was solstice night the longest night of the year And as the borders between night and day stretch to their thinnest so too do the borders between worlds Unexpected things can happen Did the solstice have anything to do with the strange events at the swan You will have to judge for yourse Really enjoyed thi. Aking the ast losses no matter how recious the child herself this girl cannot be everyone’s Each family has mysteries of its own and many secrets must be revealed before the girl’s identity can be knownOnce Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science magic and myth Suspenseful romantic and richly atmospheric the beginning of this novel will sweep you away on a A Diary of Darkness: The Wartime Diary of Kiyosawa Kiyoshi powerful current of storytelling transporting you through worlds both real and imagined to the triumphant conclusion whose depths will continue to give up their treasures long after the lastage is turned.