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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
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published January 15th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Nicola Mansfield
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sharon Martin
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
A novel based round the birth of feminism in the USA and the women's freedom movement influence over the women they meet on their road trying to achieve notoriety by recruiting a widow who has debts to go over Niagara falls in a barrel.

The language and text with short paragraphs make this a very easy read. The characters stories are individually told throughout the novel bringing them cleverly together to an exciting climax.

The story is full of sexual tension, hidden agendas and treachery. Eac
Ruth Hill
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, romance
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
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Eileen Enwright Hodgetts is a much traveled writer. Brought up in England and Wales, she has also lived and worked in South Africa and Uganda. Eileen and her husband, Graham, now make their home in Baden, PA. Eileen’s life experiences allow her to use exotic backgrounds for her novels and to understand how an adventure can begin with just one small incident. For ten years she directed a humanitari ...more
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