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DOC ↠ READER Once Upon a River FREE Ú ➥ [Ebook] ➠ Once Upon a River By Join or create book clubs ➯ – Eyltransferservices.co.uk From the instant number oneNew York Times best selling author of the “eerie and fascinating”USA Today The Thirteenth Tale comes a richly imagined powerful new novel about how we explain tFrom the instant number oneNew York Times best selling author of the “eerie and fascinating”USA Today The Thirteenth Tale comes a richly imagined powerful new novel about how we explain the world to ourselves ourselves to others and the meaning of our lives in a universe that remains impenetrably mysterious A body always tells a story but this child’s was a blank page Rita reached for the lantern on its hook She trained its light on the child’s face Who are you? she murmured but the face said as little as the rest of her It was impossible to tell whether in life these blunt and unfinished features had borne the imprint of prettiness timid watchfulness or sly mischief If there had once been curiosity or placidity or impatience here life had not had time to etch it into permanence Only a very short time ago two hours or not muchthe body and soul of this little girl had still been securely attached At this thought and despite all her training all her experience Rita found herself suddenly in the grip of a storm of feeling All the old rage at God for not being kind for not being fair and finally for just not being swept her up all over again and she felt tears of anger on her face She took the child’s hand in hers the perfect hand with its five perfect fingers and their perfect fingernails and the words fell out of her that she had not known were there It should not be so It should not be so And that is when it happened Brief summary and review no spoilersThis fantastic story begins at the Swan an inn located on the bank of the Thames Or perhaps it isn’t the Thames? We do know it is the night of the winter solstice but we don’t know what year You see everything is deliberately a little vague as in any good fairy tale or myth; its meaning and relevance being universal and timelessWhen we start the book we soon learn the good folks at the Swan all love to tells stories with each person trying to outdo the other Their night is interrupted when an obviously large but injured man falls into the Swan carrying a lifeless little girlThe very skilled and beloved nurse Rita is called in to help She is able to stitch up and save the man but the little girl seems dead But then surprising everyone it turns out she isn’tI don’t want to give much away; it’s so much better and fun finding out what happens next as the author intended but I will say that there are several people in the village and just beyond who have an interest in this little girl and believe she belongs to them Their motivations often as confusing to us the readers as it is to them Most of these people are of good heart and most all seem to love herIt is only at the end that most of our uestions are answeredI took over a week to read this book I normally would read it in a day but I was so in love with it that I would read a few chapters and stop; it’s that good and I didn’t want it to be over Whenever I picked it up and started reading I was completely transported to this mythic wonderful place populated with the most wonderful characters I didn’t want to leave at the same time I desperately wanted to know what happened nextIt’s not important for me to have to like a character to like a book but in this case you find yourself rooting for and caring about so many of them Each character is so three dimensional and the dialogue so spot and and often funny uirky in the best wayThe story itself is marvelous but it’s the wonderful prose that makes this book one of my favorites I have dog earred so many pages if I threw it across the room I think it might fly because I thought certain sentences or descriptions were so clever and evocative I know a lot of people write well but this was exceptional and I am definitely going to go out and read her earlier booksJust an example of the writing a description of the landlady of the Swan followed by a passage that may give you a feel for the otherworldly essence of the book“Margot was a handsome woman in her late fifties She could lift barrels without help and had legs so sturdy she never felt the need to sit down”“There are stories that may be told aloud and stories that must be told in whispers and there are stories that are never told at all The story of the marriage of Mrs and Mrs Armstrong was one of these latter ones known only to the two parties to whom it belonged and the river But as secret visitors to this world as border crossers between one world and another there is nothing to prevent us sitting by the river and opening our ears; then we will know it too”I cannot say enough good things about this book It is so filled with heart and wonderful characters even the river becomes one Every once in a while when I finish a book and turn the final page I will clutch the book and experience a “reader’s high” for lack of a better phrase It’s the most wonderful feeling and I got it with this bookRecommended

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From the instant number oneNew York Times best selling author of the “eerie and fascinating”USA Today The Thirteenth Tale comes a richly imagined powerful new novel about how we explain the world to ourselves ourselves to others and the meaning of our lives in a universe that remains impenetrably mysterious A body always tells a story but this child’s was a blank page Rita reached for the lantern on its hook She trained its light on the child’s face Who are you? she murmured but the face said as little as the rest of her It was impossible to tell whether in life these blunt and unfinished features had borne the imprint of prettiness timid watchfulness or sly mischief If there had once been curiosity or placidity or impatience here life had not had time to etch it into permanence Only a very short time ago two hours or not muchthe body and soul of this little girl had still been securely attached At this thought and despite all her training all her experience Rita found herself suddenly in the grip of a storm of feeling All the old rage at God for not being kind for not being fair and finally for just not being swept her up all over again and she felt tears of anger on her face She took the child’s hand in hers the perfect hand with its five perfect fingers and their perfect fingernails and the words fell out of her that she had not known were there It should not be so It should not be so And that is when it happened 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 While the plot focuses on the mystery of the girl the book itself is largely character driven I thought the ending was a bit of a sell out but I enjoyed the book enough until then to still think favorably of itWhat I really didn't like about the book was the numerous instances of domestic violence against both women and children I realize the author was trying be authentic in terms of the freuency of such acts given the setting 1800s England Still it was extremely hard to read over and over again about multiple characters being abused Sometimes these were just passing references and other times detailed accounts If this is something you find triggering don't read this book

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Once Upon a RiverFrom the instant number oneNew York Times best selling author of the “eerie and fascinating”USA Today The Thirteenth Tale comes a richly imagined powerful new novel about how we explain the world to ourselves ourselves to others and the meaning of our lives in a universe that remains impenetrably mysterious A body always tells a story but this child’s was a blank page Rita reached for the lantern on its hook She trained its light on the child’s face Who are you? she murmured but the face said as little as the rest of her It was impossible to tell whether in life these blunt and unfinished features had borne the imprint of prettiness timid watchfulness or sly mischief If there had once been curiosity or placidity or impatience here life had not had time to etch it into permanence Only a very short time ago two hours or not muchthe body and soul of this little girl had still been securely attached At this thought and despite all her training all her experience Rita found herself suddenly in the grip of a storm of feeling All the old rage at God for not being kind for not being fair and finally for just not being swept her up all over again and she felt tears of anger on her face She took the child’s hand in hers the perfect hand with its five perfect fingers and their perfect fingernails and the words fell out of her that she had not known were there It should not be so It should not be so And that is when it happened I found the idea for this book fascinating but to be honest for me sitting down with it and reading the first 10 pages was an ordeal Too many places to keep up with and I kept thinking when are we going to get to the main characters and story? if it had been a little simpler it would have reached it's point a lot uicker