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Set against the backdrop of WWI and Niagara Falls, this debut tells the story of young Bess Heath and her struggle to navigate a quickly modernizing world. A child of privilege, Bess sees her fortunes change when her father loses his job. Cast into poverty, her family disgraced, Bess tries to hold things together while her sister slips into depression, her father drinks and her mother withdraws. After another tragedy strikes, Bess finds comfort in the love of Tom Cole, a river man with a mysterious connection to the falls. Overcoming the deep privation of the war and their own limited means, the two begin building a life together and renew their commitment to each other and their family. Based loosely on the history of Niagara river man William Red Hill, the book incorporates mock newspaper articles with limited success, but does integrate some detailed depictions of domestic life and fascinating natural history into an otherwise uneventful romance. (Sept.)
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"A wonderful love story...Buchanan weaves Niagara Falls' history and her storytelling together masterfully."
"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
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 9 days 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 22 days 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 2 months ago by Margaret M.
Dramatic and emotional with some interesting historic and statistics.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed this book very much. Liked the historical research that underpinned the fictional tale.Published 4 months ago by MKW
A good read, and interesting knowledge regarding Niagra Falls.Published 4 months ago by Joyce McFarland
Slow moving, sad, easy to put down. On the upside, it is well written.Published 5 months ago by Divot