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The year is 1923 and the jazz age is in full swing. Evangeline Murray, a young widow from Ohio, is recruited by the Women's Freedom Movement to represent the spirit of modern womanhood by going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Evangeline eagerly embraces her opportunity to achieve fame and fortune, until she sees the power of the River and begins to understand the risk she...more
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Published January 1st 2012 by Createspace
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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I live in Niagara Falls (Canada-side) and am always interested in reading local history, especially when it's historical fiction as there isn't that much of it.

One thing the publisher's summary does not let us know is whether this story takes place in Niagara Falls, New York or Ontario. I was pleased as punch to find that the whole story is set on the Canadian side of the border, even though some of the characters are Americans. The McClaren family are a pure Canadian immigra...more
Ravina Andrea Kurian
I'm a big fan of Downton Abbey and there are bits of this book that have a similar style to the series. Or perhaps that it's within the same time era. Evangeline comes across as individualistic and even through her loss, a little bit selfish. But can you fault her for having ambitions?

In a time, where women were expected to stay at home and be silent, Evangeline pushes boundaries. The fact that this book was inspired by a story makes it even more of an appealing read.

The writing and character...more
After Evangeline Murray's husband left her an indebted young widow, she agreed to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel to represent the Women's Freedom Movement. Cornelia Braithwaite, head of the Movement, and Iris De Vere, financial backer of the Movement, are on hand to make sure that Evangeline carries through with the plan. Nell McClaren is feeling stifled in her life as the "old maid sister" who cares for her brother Joshua and nephew Danny, so she is quietly planning to ride the fame and fort...more
I'm trying to think of the right way to say what I think about this book. The stories about Niagara Falls are fascinating and horrifying all in one. To think of people doing something so foolish appalls me and yet people still do such things today. As for the characters, I found Evangeline both likeable and utterly foolish, but determined. Joshua was a stubborn man, with a brave and caring heart hiding behind a gruff wall. The way they fought and yet came to care about each other was sweet. Corn...more
Ruth Hill
This is possibly one of the easiest-to-read books I have read in a long time. There was never a dull moment, and I never found myself bored. This was historical fiction at its best with a little romance and intrigue on the side. I honestly knew very little about Niagara Falls, and I had no idea that so many people had tried (and succeeded) in going over the Falls in a barrel.

First of all, the potential issues in the book are very minor. There are no sex scenes--they are only implied. The profan...more
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