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The Day the Falls Stood Still Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 25, 2009
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"A hear-wrenching, soul-racking, spell-binding tale...guaranteed to remain in the readers mind."
--The Globe and Mail
"The Day the Falls Stood Still stands on its own elegant prose and the vibrant voice of its narrator." --USA Today
"It is a novel to savour." --Historical Novels Society
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is a wonderful glimpse into the lifestyles of this period in time when so much was changing in our world. Tom goes off to serve in the war that we now call World War One while Bess stays home to raise their son and earn their living dressmaking. We see how the electric companies worked to show people how much better their lives would be with all the electric appliances that would be possible is only they were permitted to divert even more water from the Falls for making electricity. Some going so far as to thinking that it wouldn't be a big deal if the Falls were drained dry to make the electricity. If you have every seen the Falls aren't you glad they didn't succeed?
This book is about real people going through real struggles with finances, personal philosophy and ethics, caring friends, crumbling friendships and betrayals, and passions that rules their lives and homes.Read more ›
Buchanan fictionalizes real life river man, Red Hill in the character Tom Cole. Many stories and myths about the river are real, although told through some fictional characters. This was the best part. I found the beginning to be rushed, trying to grab the audience's attention, but revealing too much too soon. The middle lagged a bit, but I anticipated a wowing end. Instead I got a limping story looking for an end, and it felt like Buchanan settled. Environmentalism and love of nature saturate this story, which is fine, but it dragged the momentum of the human drama numerous times. This book reminded me continually of Drowning Ruth: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club).Read more ›
That said, I loved this book. The only thing that kept me from giving it five stars were the frequent flashbacks embedded mid scene. Reading this structure once or twice was OK, but again and again was annoying and pulled me out of the story world. I often had to go back and read and look for time markers to figure out how much time had elapsed between the current scene and the flashback. Other than that, I think this book would be a real treat for anyone who enjoys a serious historical romance with a bit of magical mystery.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A true historical romance. I enjoyed learning about the falls and the sweet romance of Tom and Bess. Truly a book to lose yourself in.Published 10 hours ago by lorijo
I loved the history behind this book. We live in the Niagara Escarpment and have visited the Falls many times so it was very meaningful to me. Great story - we'll written. Read morePublished 21 days ago by hellybelly
Engaging and endearing characters. The author obviously knows how love feels on these levels. Enjoyed the history and well-described settings. Just a terrifically good book!Published 1 month ago by Barbara Grant
A very enjoyable and interesting story about Niagara Falls about 1915. The novel revolves around Bess, her life and loves, and the harnessing of power of the Falls for electricity.Published 5 months ago by J Wags
This is a wonderful story that takes place as the power of Niagara Falls is rapidly being harnessed for producing electricity, as well as other manufacturing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RDR
Great book if you have been at Niagra Falls or will be going. Tells some of the history of the falls and how industry trying to harness them posing issues. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mrs. G
I did love the story and appreciate it when I can gain some historical value from the book. Having grown up in the area, I enjoyed the descriptions of the falls and its many... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Margaret M.