This has been a very hard review for me to write. There is no doubt in my mind that Diane Setterfield is a fantastic writer. Her prose is beautiful, elegant, and whimsical. The words and sentences were a joy to read just to read them.
Despite how lovely the writing was, the actual story left me bored out of my mind and struggled to want to pick this up off my nightstand. If this had not been an ARC that I had to review, it may have been a DNF. The plot never grabbed me. A child being rescued from a river is an element that seems exciting, but it never led to a satisfying story, which was a little ironic since the theme of this book is storytelling.
The ARC galley I received is beautiful. The cover, marketing, and stellar reviews are hyping this up to be a big book once it is released. I know that many, many people are going to love this book, and don’t let me discourage you from picking it up to decide for yourself.
Thanks to Simon & Schuster for mailing me a lovely ARC copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.