Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Book Review: The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

It's 1915 and teenage Bess realizes that her world is about to change drastically. She's always lived in the shadow of Niagara Falls, but now it is poised to become an even bigger part of her life - for better or worse.

This is a finely crafted historical romance that held my attention for the most part, though I thought certain parts were overly melodramatic. I liked how bits of local lore and politics of the day were mixed in to the main story, and it's always inspiring to read about women making their own way in the world and being strong enough to make choices that are right for them.

Thanks to the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program for sending me this book.

THE DAY THE FALLS STOOD STILL is available now in hardcover. Find out more about it on the author's website.

17 comments:

Donna Gambale said...

Thanks for the review -- I hadn't heard of the book, but I love Niagara Falls and don't think there are too many novels centered around events there.

Staci said...

This one is still sitting on my shelf waiting to be read...I've read great reviews and then reviews that left the reader feeling so-so about the book. I guess I'll have to read it!

Zibilee said...

This book got mega press at Barnes and Noble the last time I was there and I have been a bit curious about it. I am glad you liked it and am thinking about grabbing my own copy. Thanks!

Becky said...

This sounds really diffferent from my usual read. Maybe a good one to keep in mind when I feel like a change.

bermudaonion said...

Everyone seems to like this one. I'm interested in reading about the historical background of the falls.

Lisa said...

This is definitely on my TBR pile -I've heard very good things a bout it.

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

I thought that this was definitely a smart piece of historical fiction and I learned a lot reading it. I am glad that people are continuing to enjoy it.

Cleverly Inked said...

I have heard nothing but good about this book. On my TBR stack

Jodie said...

I really enjoyed this and it's one of those books I wouldn't have heard about without blogs. Will be adding your review link to my post later.

Cathy Marie Buchanan said...

Thanks for reviewing my debut. Glad you liked it. You and your followers might be interested to know that is was recently picked as a Best Book Club Selection of 2009 by the bloggers.
http://www.flashlightworthybooks.com/Best-Book-Club-Selections-2009-chosen-by-Great-Book-Bloggers/545

Cathy
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Sadako said...

This one looks so awesome. Niagra Falls around 1915-cool!

Ladytink_534 said...

I think this cover is so lovely.

Serena said...

I really enjoyed this book when I reviewed it. I've added a link to your review here: http://www.savvyverseandwit.com/2009/09/day-falls-stood-still-by-cathy-marie.html

prashant said...

I've read great reviews and then reviews that left the reader feeling so-so about the book. I guess I'll have to read it!

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Toni said...

I have this one on my list...I can't wait to read it. Nice review.

reviewsbylola said...

I just picked this one up at B&N. Can't wait to read it!

Anna said...

I've heard so many good things about it that I can't wait to get to the copy that's been waiting patiently on my desk. Glad to see you enjoyed it, too.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric