1923: Niagara Falls, Canada. Evangeline Murray, a young widow from Ohio, is recruited by the Women's Freedom Movement to recreate the daring 1910 feat of Annie Edson Taylor, the first person in recorded history to plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive. Evangeline believes that the stunt will bring her fame and fortune, and freedom from her late husband's gambling debts.
Joshua McClaren, an enigmatic, battle-scarred veteran of World War One, reluctantly agrees to launch the headstrong Evangeline. Joshua has seen hundreds of bodies surface in the whirlpool below the falls, and has no wish to see the charming Mrs. Murray suffer the same fate. Before the barrel can be launched, Joshua and Evangeline will each confront their own demons. Hearts will be broken, painful secrets will be revealed, and the Niagara River will claim two more lives.
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A wonderful time period piece
Yes, it's a great story that moves forward without being forced ... it was great to listen to while I worked around the house.
The narration was for the most part wonderfully done. Nancy's voice was soothing and well-paced.
The most memorable character for me was Iris, due to her unexpected character development. Her role in the story played a much larger role than initially anticipated and her character rounded out beautifully.
I'm normally not much of a period-time-piece person, but I've read another book from this author, Afric, and loved it so I wanted to give this a chance. I am so glad I did. It was entertaining, had me reflecting on the history of the Falls and life after WWI, and really painted a picture of each character that came to life in my head.
- Leanne Roland
- Suzanne D.