When Bess Heath returns to her family home near the picturesque falls, it is to an unfamiliar scene - the elegance of the life she once knew has vanished. Her father is a broken man, jobless and losing hope, and her mother is struggling to keep the family afloat. Isabel, the lively, charismatic sister Bess has always relied on is almost unrecognisable. Her engagement called off, she languishes in her bedroom, brooding and refusing to eat.
Through all of this Bess finds solace in Tom Cole, a man she met by chance the night she returned home. Constant, gentle and devoted to Bess, he understands better than anyone the awesome and potentially devastating power of the falls - and consoles her through a tragedy that nearly ruins her. But 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 . . .
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A wonderful love story . . . Buchanan weaves Niagra Falls' history and her storytelling together masterfully - Elle
What a world newcomer Cathy Marie Buchanan brings to propulsively glittering and gorgeous life in The Day the Falls Stood Still - The Globe and Mail
More than just a captivating historical novel about the Niagara Falls. It is a highly spiritual tale of family, love, loss, class, early environmentalism and the battle fought to make citizens aware of the natural sacrifices made in the name of progress - Publishers Weekly
The Day the Falls Stood Stillis an extraordinarily assured first novel....It is a southern Ontario Gothic of the highest order - National Post
This first novel abounds in romance and charm - Quill & Quire
Beautifully written and intriguing...I could not put it down - No.1 magazine
About the Author
Cathy Marie Buchanan was born and raised in Niagara Falls and now lives in Toronto. A graduate of the Humber School of Writing, her fiction has appeared in many of Canada's premier journals. The Day the Falls Stood Still is her first novel.