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The Day the Falls Stood Still - A Novel

Cathy Marie Buchanan

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 had 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 harboring 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 he 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 novel.

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 had 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 harboring 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 he 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 novel.
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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 had 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 harboring 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 he 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 novel.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Karen White

Length:

11h 26m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:35


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

20:15


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

16:56


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

34:18


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

27:23


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

20:02


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

37:33


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

13:43


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

33:23


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

12:58


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

10:32


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

17:18


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

14:33


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

19:49


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

23:36


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

27:35


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

16:39


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

14:50


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

55:31


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

28:34


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

26:46


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

16:36


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

10:47


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

13:05


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

16:08


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

09:53


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

27:16


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

29:02


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

14:46


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

13:25


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

38:10


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

19:47


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

04:31