Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: The Day the Falls Stood Still


Author: Cathy Marie Buchanan
Pub. Date: August 25, 2009 ReviewBook Description

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.
What's your W.O.W. pick this week?


  1. I have seen this a couple of times this week and definitely want to read it. The cover is so beautiful.

  2. Oh, this one's going on the TBR list! Thanks for putting it on my radar...sounds great!

  3. I got it this week (through shelf awareness, I think) and it does look fantastic. I hope you enjoy it too!

  4. Sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I was lucky enough to get this through shelf awareness also.. I am looking forward to this one!
    My WOW is up at The Burton Review.

  6. I'm looking forward to this one as welll.

  7. great cover!

    I almost requested this at LibraryThing but already had others.

  8. I'm going to be doing a tour for this book. It does sound good and I just love the cover.

  9. I live close to the Falls, it's history is fascinating. This book reminds me of Whirlpool by Jane Uquhart, but set in 1889. All those odd people associated with the Falls and those who kept trying to survive the rapids and that huge whirlpool. I think I'd enjoy this book too. Thanks for featuring it.

  10. I am interested in reading some reviews of this book before I decide if I would want to read it. Hopefully it is an enjoyable read.


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