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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,778 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cathy Marie Buchanan Narrator: Karen Whit Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 future.

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.

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  • “As much a love story between author and river as between star-crossed central characters.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robin | 2/20/2014

    " Very well done story of a young woman living on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls during WWI and her relationships with family and the man she eventually marries. The characters were very well developed and the history of falls and the struggle between companies to harness the power were fascinating. If you read this, check out the author's website for photographs, maps, and other interesting tidbits that will greatly add to the experience of reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anita | 2/8/2014

    " This is one of those books that is so unique - both in tone and subject - that it stays with you long after it is finished. I read it in hardback and I still think about it. Cathy Marie Buchanan captures the location, time and characters so well, and the story is very well delivered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JoAnne | 2/1/2014

    " I really loved this book,my second book this month of Canadian fiction. The setting of Niagara Falls and the characters drew me right in. A good solid read. The photos and reports from the time were a nice touch. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dev | 1/24/2014

    " Boring! I needed to take dramamine to deal with the author's description of Niagara Falls & rivers, etc. If you have seen the movie Titanic then you have read this book -the only difference is this book is set in Niagara Falls. "

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About the Author
Author Cathy Marie Buchanan

Cathy Marie Buchanan was born and raised in Niagara Falls and lives in Toronto. Her short stories have appeared in many of Canada’s premier literary journals. She holds a BSc and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and is the recipient of grants from both the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. She is the author of The Day the Falls Stood Still, a New York Times bestseller and Barnes & Noble Recommends selection.