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The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
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Jul 04, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: canada, fiction, historicalnovels
Recommended for: Kathy
Read from June 28 to July 04, 2010 , read count: 1

Buchanan's debut work of historical fiction is a thing of beauty.

To be perfectly honest, I didn't want to like this book based on the cheesy cover--woman in rippling turquoise dress facing the wind--and the overly dramatic title--The Day the Falls Stood Still (I mean, seriously?), but the writing is delicate and polished and the story wonderfully bittersweet.

The story: In the early 1900s Bess Heath is a young woman of fallen circumstances who meets a captivating young man with an almost supernatural knowledge of Niagra Falls. Her love and the story of the river are seamlessly intertwined.

I know this book sounds soft, but it is remarkably well written. I was impressed and I would recommend it.
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