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 with the dawn of hydroelectric power, The Day the Falls Stood Still is an intoxicating debut novel. Part Canadian history, part romance and social comment, this novel offers the reader an insightful look into women's lives during and after the First World War as they struggled to find their place in a rapidly changing world.
I had never heard of this book. It took a while to get into the plot, but it turned out to be a surprisingly good book. It is historical fiction based on facts about the mid 1800's harnessing of Nigara Falls. The ending is sad, as many books of that era were.
I would reccomend it for a summer or winter read.
This book reminded me of "City of Light" by Lauren Belfer. Both are interesting in their coverage of the history of Niagara Falls, but the characters and plots are not so amazing.
The setting for this love story is Niagara Falls in 1915. Very well written, it has historical details of the falls and daredevils who challenged them, also the men who developed energy from them. The backdrop of World War I adds interest.
I found this to be a beautiful book. I was a little nervous about how much I would like a book that's set in the 1800s (and early 1900s), however, that aspect brought SO much to the story and I was very thankful for it in the end. The characters are wonderful and the description of the Falls and river, etc. leave you with a vivid picture of what it was like to be there at that time. Worthwhile read!
An enjoyable read. The time and place of the story are central to what happens. The falls and river are a character in the story. Filled with interesting tidbits about the history of Niagara Fall, the story feels authentic.
I really enjoyed this book. I used to live in Niagara Falls and it was interesting to recognize places/streets in the book.
A wonderful first world war story of Niagara Falls. Full of history, the characters are vibrant and real, and the Falls become a character in itself. The ending is as expected, and not necessarily happy.
Niagara Falls was my favourite character in this book. I wasn't quite as awestruck with the love story, but did enjoy it. Based loosely on a real riverman back in the early 1900's - his photo is at the back of the book, and he looks just like a hero (rather hot actually). Apparently he saved around 175 lives and many hundreds of animals over the years. The book examines faith, in particular the loss of faith, and that is something that I certainly could relate to.
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