Friday Finds: The Day The Falls Stood Still

Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading. Here’s my one find:

The Day The Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Here’s the blurb from Hyperion’s web site:

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.

This one doesn’t come out until August but I saw it while reading my Shelf Awareness newsletter and it really caught my eye. What caught your eye this week?

17 thoughts on “Friday Finds: The Day The Falls Stood Still”

  1. When I read the title I instantly thought – The Day the Earth Stood Still. I wonder if it's a play off of that. This does look very interesting. Great find!

  2. I love the book cover picture! I had NO finds this week – too busy going to the grocery store 80 times a day! :–)

  3. I saw this one earlier this week as well and thought it sounded really good. I really liked the cover-that was had first caught my attention. My Friday Finds is here.

  4. I love the Falls and I love historical fiction. Sounds like something I will definite get. Thanks for the heads up!

  5. I saw this one on Shelf Awareness earlier this week and added it to my list. Now I just get to wait and see if my library system decides to buy it.

  6. Ooh, this sounds interesting. I also saw it on Shelf Awareness. I love good historical fiction–will put this on my list!

  7. This one looks so compelling Ti.
    You convinced me that it is one I need to read. I went to Niagra Falls once. I imagine in 1931 it was far less commercialized.

  8. I just finished an advanced copy of this book. I couldn't put it down. I smiled, I sobbed. I didn't want it to end. A must read especially for those who like historical fiction and great characters.

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