Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
The feeling - expectation, or something rather like it- came upon all three of them and they spoke in unison: “Something is going to happen.” Fill your mug full of coffee and cozy up in your blankets because something amazing and magical does indeed happen among the pages of Diane Setterfield’s latest release. I went in to this one knowing very little and while it did get off to a slow start, I ended up absolutely loving it.
Three little girls are missing and an entire town will be changed one dark and rainy night when a stranger brings in the lifeless body of a child that he has pulled from the river. Several hours later the child awakes though she can not speak or communicate with any one around her. No one can explain how the child has returned from the dead and no one knows who she is.
Her unknown identity and presence set off a series of events and we meet an array of characters (I loved Mr. Armstrong and Rita so much) who all harbor personal reasons for claiming the child as their own. As the forces of darkness and light dance across the pages, Setterfield explores themes of love, betrayal, and just how much a parent is willing to sacrifice for their family. I found Once Upon A River to read like an enchanted dream... it was touching and beautiful and I am so glad that TLC Book Tours reached out to me about featuring this book. Once Upon A River is in stores now and I highly recommend it.