I started out bored, and ended up depressed.
First of all, the title is misleading. It's not at all a book about "the day the falls stood still". In fact, that day happened decades before the book opens.
Second, I felt like the book had a bit of an identity crisis. It's kind of about WWI, but it's not. It's kind of a book about losing faith and finding it again.... but it's not. It's sort of a book about defying convention and marrying the man you love no matter what.... but it's not really about that either.
What is it about? The river, I guess. The river/waterfall/whirlpool is practically a character in its own right. Problem is, it's a character I really don't care much about. I've honestly never been very interested in Niagara Falls, and I couldn't overcome that lack of interest in reading this. It had too many nit-picky details about the river for this kind of novel and yet not enough details for me to feel like it was informative.
At the same time, I can't completely pinpoint why I disliked it so much. I'm not sure why I was so bored. And normally depressing books don't bother me so much.
It's not that it wasn't well-written (aside from droning on about the river, but that's probably more of an annoyance to me because I don't care than because it's bad). The writing is pretty good.
It is in a sort of present-tense style, which felt really weird at first, but it's done well enough that you stop noticing fairly quickly. Not distracting.
I don't know. It just didn't work for me. It wouldn't surprise me if I'm in the minority, though, so if you like the idea of a historical romance centered on Niagara Falls, give it a try. Let me know what you think. :)
Counts for the Reader's Choice Challenge and the Support Your Local Library challenge.