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Diane setterfields bestselling novel the thirteenth tale was made into a recent television drama and this wonderfully crafted book once upon a river is her third and latest fabulous offering i havent read anything by this author before but i will be seeking out her previous books after absolutely devouring and loving this compelling story based on folklore romance and suspense. Once upon a river is an interesting novel with lots of twists and turns when a young mute girl is pulled near frozen from the river multiple families lay claim to her each with their own reasons to suspect she is their missing relative the author does a wonderful job of creating and exploring a large number of rich complex characters. The wonder of once upon a river is how fresh and weathered it seems at the same timebonnie jo campbell has built her new novel like a modern day craftsman from the old timbers of our national myths about loners living off the land rugged tales as perilous as they are alluring. Diane setterfields once upon a river a novel came out in 2018 but as i began to float through its pages it felt very victorian in style setterfield populates her lyrical narrative with characters who embody archetypal roles good or evil outsider liminal or privileged young or old as feels appropriate for her novels nineteenth century setting