THE DAY THE FALLS STOOD STILL
by Cathy Marie Buchanan

September 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4013-4097-1
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1915 - Bess Heath family structure has just been torn in two. Her father has been let go as the director of Niagara Power Company and her sister is acting really strange.


Bess encounters Tom Cole, a Riverman with the strange ability to predict the whims of the river and the falls. He also makes some of the most heart pounding rescues ever attempted on the falls. During some of these rescues, he sets off chain of events which make him a threat to not only the people of the falls but also to the power companies.


When Bess’s sister is found floating in the river, an apparent suicide, Bess is thrown into despair and into Tom’s arms for the comfort she craves. Can the people of the river trust the one person who can help them with the troubles the river brings or will they turn their backs on him? Can Bess have a future with the Riverman or will she have to walk along the river path alone?


A wonderful read, based loosely on actual legendary Niagara Riverman, William, “Red” Hill. It is more than a love story, it is a magical tale with twists. There is also history about the beginning of the hydroelectric era in Niagara Falls, which is astonishing for the time period. The author, Cathy Marie Buchanan, can be compared to such authors as Joyce Carol Oates, and Lauren Belfer, this is her debut novel.


Reviewed in November 2009 by Pat.

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