Our book for July was ‘Once Upon a River’ by Diane Setterfield. The title gave a clue to the fairytale aspects of the story. There was only one truly horrid character, (well, maybe two) who got their just desserts, some greyish individuals but the cast of warm, interesting, weak and strong, human and humane characters was large and outweighed the negative elements in the novel. The strands of the story were woven together at the story’s conclusion, although some of us felt this was rather rushed. However, like all good fairy stories, the ending is satisfactory: happiness tinged with the acceptance of sorrow.
The book was scored 8.4 with everyone enjoying it to some degree. Our next meeting is Friday 28th August when the book to be discussed is ‘The Salt Path’ by Robert Winn. (Many thanks to Kathy for this report)