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Just incredible. A few very over the top stereotypes but really well written. A few things were obviously going to happen but others took me by surprise. I like the ending as it seems realistic- I don’t want to give anything away. There is a multiple point of view in this story that really helps make you feel close to the characters in this case.
Summary: It’s the first half of the 1920’s and the women’s movement pins its hopes and dreams on a silly woman named Evangeline Murray who wants to be rich and famous. Her plan: go over Niagra Falls in a barrel. She’s not in it alone. She’s helped by two of the movers and shakers of the women’s movement along with a Canadian woman and the lady’s grumpy brother.
- The characters are irksome much of the time. In that sense, it’s realistic. (They’re not perfect.) Certain ones are selfish, greedy, unscrupulous, shallow, or some combination thereof. There are aspects of bravery and heroism on display as well.
- The romance thread was intriguing but also frustrating as the author went way out of her way to make sure messages were either cryptic or missed altogether.
- I enjoyed Maddie’s flashback to the war.
- The flashbacks in general were very well handled and seamlessly woven into the narrative.
- Favorite character = Danny most of the time, but there one a moment or two even he needed a good smack.
- I sort of wish there were some redeeming characteristics for Evangeline’s sons.
- Narration was very good.
- Narrative as a whole was decent. It was easy to follow as there were tags for whose perspective the pov would be limited to at any given moment.
- River scene at the end was well done.
Conclusion: A surprisingly simple story (woman wants to ride the Falls in a barrel) made complex by the multitude of human interactions and stored up emotions (Josh vs river, Evangeline vs her benefactors, her benefactors vs those who would stop her, etc).