I feel like the experience of reading a Diane Setterfield novel can be described as floating leisurely down a lazy river. The story takes the reader on a slow but scenic journey that, as quoted by one of the book's characters, "does not seem particularly intent on reaching its destination." Once Upon a River, Setterfield's latest novel, is a slow burn that masterfully blends mystery and magical realism into a beautiful story about love, loss, and healing. Setterfield's writing is lyrical and highly reminiscent of traditional fairy tales. I absolutely adored this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an original story with beautiful writing and strong British folkloric roots.