Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Day The Falls Stood Still: Book Review & Giveaway

About The Book:

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 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 harbouring 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.

You can read an excerpt of The Day The Falls Stood Still here on the Harper Collins Canada website.
 
About The Author:


CATHY MARIE BUCHANAN’s debut novel, The Day the Falls Stood Still, is a Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection, a Barnes & Noble Best of 2009 book, and a New York Times bestseller. Her stories have appeared in many of Canada’s most respected literary journals. She holds a BSc (Honours Biochemistry) and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, she now resides in Toronto.
 
 
 
My Review:

This is by far one of the best books I have read this year. This is the debut novel of Cathy Buchanan and it is a very well written debut! It is a very easy to read, and quick to read book that covers plot lines such as love & relationships, war, the plight and roles of women during this era, politics, pregnancy, and suicide. A lot of plot lines made for a wonderfully exciting book that kept my attention right through.  If you are a history buff, or love historical fiction, I know you will definitely love The Day The Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait for more work by Buchanan, as I will definitely be reading them. I am a huge Canadian Literature fan, especially of Margaret Atwood, and Miriam Toews, and am happy to say I have another Canadian author to follow!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Day The Falls Stood Still directly online through Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and through your favorite local bookseller.


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***Thank you to Cathy Buchanan and Harper Collins Canada for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***

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