I was taken in by this book. I love the time period during which the book was written. I enjoyed learning some history about Niagra Falls but the story also explores deeper issues about love, life and belief in God. It's a fairly quick read and I was left wanting to read more and maybe to have had the characters more fully developed. Tom is a fictional character based from a real riverman. I think I will definately search out more about Niagra Falls. You will enjoy this book.
Buchanan takes a little know historical incident and weaves an interesting and provocative story around a time period when Niagara Falls literally stopped flowing in 1848. The writing is spare but graceful; the history well-researched. A little more emotional depth may have enhanced the story but I loved the characters of Bess and Tom and the difficult decisions they made to be together and survive a time of turmoil. Excellent debut for this talented author.
I REALLY enjoyed this book! Great historical fiction about the history of man's use of the Niagara River and two related men known as "rivermen" who served to warn those around the river when they were in danger.
The setting aside (which was really interesting and different) the story about the two main characters' marriage was beautiful. It really spoke to me about what true love is supposed to be like. While the ending may be predictable, it didn't really dampen my enjoyment of the book.