The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
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Steeped in the intriguing history of Niagara Falls, this epic love story is as rich, spellbinding, and majestic as the falls themselves.

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 harboring 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 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 more 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 debut novel.
 

About Cathy Marie Buchanan

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CATHY MARIE BUCHANAN is the author of The Day the Falls Stood Still, a Barnes & Noble Recommends selection. She lives in Toronto.
 
Published August 18, 2009 by Hachette Books. 320 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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 fortu

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Cathy Marie Buchanan's debut novel about a troubled family living around Niagara Falls during World War I is a tour de force

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The Bookbag

Summary: Bess meets Tom Cole and chooses hard work with a heroic riverman over an easy life with a respectable suitor.

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USA Today

Cathy Marie Buchanan grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and her debut novel is a paean to the Niagara River and its famous falls, as much a love story between author and river as between star-crossed central characters.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

The title “Falls” refer, of course, to Niagara Falls — the more scenic Canadian side — but this novel provides far more than a vivid travelogue, journeying back in time to the days before, during and after the Great War (better known these days as World War I).

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Red Room

Halfway through The Day the Falls Stood Still, a first novel by Toronto author Cathy Marie Buchanan, I thought it might be a worthy companion to Timothy Findley’s First World War novel, The Wars — a sort of distaff variation on themes of violence and love.

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