Whirlpoolby Eileen Enwright Hodgetts
The year is 1923 and the jazz age is in full swing. Evangeline Murray, a young widow from Ohio, is recruited by the Women’s Freedom Movement to represent the spirit of modern womanhood by going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Evangeline eagerly embraces her opportunity to achieve fame and fortune, until she sees the power of the River and begins to understand… See more details below
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The year is 1923 and the jazz age is in full swing. Evangeline Murray, a young widow from Ohio, is recruited by the Women’s Freedom Movement to represent the spirit of modern womanhood by going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Evangeline eagerly embraces her opportunity to achieve fame and fortune, until she sees the power of the River and begins to understand the risk she is taking. Joshua McClaren, an enigmatic battle-scarred veteran of World War I, and the best boatman on the river, reluctantly agrees to launch the headstrong Evangeline. Joshua has seen hundreds of bodies surface in the Whirlpool below the Falls, and has faced death on the battlefields of Flanders and has no respect for the charming, impetuous Mrs. Murray, and her desire for fame.
Before the barrel can be launched, each of them will have to face their own demons, painful secrets will be revealed and the Niagara Rivers will claim two more lives.
Inspired by true stories of the Falls, Whirlpool is a romance, an adventure, and the closest that most of us will ever come to taking the fateful plunge over the Falls.
- Eileen Hodgetts
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This is possibly one of the easiest-to-read books I have read in a long time. There was never a dull moment, and I never found myself bored. This was historical fiction at its best with a little romance and intrigue on the side. I honestly knew very little about Niagara Falls, and I had no idea that so many people had tried (and succeeded) in going over the Falls in a barrel. First of all, the potential issues in the book are very minor. There are no sex scenes--they are only implied. The profanity is almost nonexistent. There is only one thing that bothers me, but I have to admit it is realistic. There is an unpunished crime, or at least unpunished as far as the law goes. While the result of the crime helps the main character in so many ways, I still have to admit that I would have liked to have seen a bit more censure of that character. But then again, the victim of the crime had committed a crime himself. But I still say that two wrongs don't make a right. But in spite of the moralistic issues I have with this portion of the book, I still feel it deserves the high rating I have given it.While As to the format of the story, I truly enjoyed the devices the author implemented--and she did them well! She frequently switched point of view and often jumped back and forth between present and past. I never got lost or confused as to what she was telling me, so I would say she has a knack for writing with these devices. The romance in the book is outstanding. You know I have complained about sappy romances before, but this was not an issue here. The romance was simple but complicated and made perfect sense. While the morals might have been questionable at times, it was neat to see the characters overcome their issues and find true happiness. They both deserved it. If you are looking for a light historical romance, I think you just might enjoy this book. I have never read a book about Niagara Falls, and very few people write about this time period in history. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.