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.
©2011 Eileen Enwright Hodgetts (P)2016 Eileen Enwright Hodgetts
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.
What a fantastic story! I absolutely loved this adventure through time and space! It was my first experience with Audible.com. I read all day for a living and I'm not proud to say that picking up a book in the evening feels like a chore. Not to mention reading a physical book makes multitasking difficult. I fully experienced this story whilst mowing the lawn, doing laundry, driving to and from work, painting a block wall and finally...riveted to the climactic end, resting my eyes on a rainy day thoroughly immersed in Whirlpool. it is fantastic. Very well rounded. Heartwarming. Heart chilling. Suspenseful. Take the journey. Bravo to all who contributed to this production.
Unusual, absorbing, skillful
The story is surprising throughout and the characters feel very real, even though the setting is far from my experiece. I was carried swiftly along and only regretted that it came to an end.
I enjoyed that her performance was very smooth and unobtrusive. The pace, tone and pronunciation were well chosen and easy to follow.
This book takes you into another reality, as Eileen Hodgetts other books also do, but the characters are so convincing and the events almost inevitable, so that it gets under your skin and you won't forget it.
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