1915—the dawn of the hydroelectric power era in Niagara Falls.
Seventeen-year-old Bess Heath has led a sheltered existence as the
youngest daughter of the director of the Niagara Power Company. After
graduation day at her boarding school, she is impatient to return to her
picturesque family home near Niagara Falls. But when she arrives,
nothing is as she had left it. Her father has lost his job at the power
company, her mother is reduced to taking in sewing from the society
ladies she once entertained, and Isabel, her vivacious older sister, is a
shadow of her former self. She has shut herself in her bedroom, barely
eating—and she harbors a secret.
The night of her return, Bess meets Tom Cole by chance on a trolley
platform. She finds herself inexplicably drawn to him—against her
family’s strong objections. He is not from their world. Rough-hewn and
fearless, he lives off what the river provides, and he has an uncanny
ability to predict the whims of the falls. His daring river rescues
render him a local hero and cast him as a threat to the power companies
that seek to harness the power of the falls for themselves. As their
lives become fully entwined, Bess is forced to make a painful
choice between what she wants and what is best for her family and her
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of Niagara Falls, at a time when
daredevils shot the river rapids in barrels and great industrial
fortunes were made and lost as quickly as lives disappeared, The Day the Falls Stood Still is an intoxicating novel. Download and start listening now!