My sister raved about "Waterfall" after she read it a few weeks ago. The question was, would I love it too? The outcome...We are both anxious to read the next two novels in the River of Time series. Although "Waterfall," is classified as a young adult novel, it can easily be enjoyed by adults. Its fantasy aspect brings to mind the "Twilight" series, which of course is popular among many age groups, but I found "Waterfall" to be more exciting and with more likable characters.
"Waterfall" is set during the Middle Ages in Italy, and is complete with knights, dungeons, sword fights, damsels in distress, castles, and villains. I am usually not a fan of novels set in the Middle Ages, but this was an exception. Bergren balanced the medieval qualities with Gabi's modern day perspective. As a result, the reader gets the "best of both worlds." The plot is full of adventure, breath-holding close calls, and perilous situations. These elements are tempered by the budding romance between Gabi and Marcello, as well as Gabi's growing faith and her struggle with reconciling her medieval life with her life in the present day.
The time travel fantasy is one not often approached in Christian fiction, but it offers a welcome escape from the real world while conveying meaningful lessons. I have no idea how the "River of Time" series will end. Will Gabi and Lia choose to live in the present or past? Where will their time travel take them and what new dangers will they face? A journey down the "River of Time" is one adventure that readers will not soon forget.
Lisa T. Bergren takes us on an exciting, whimsical journey back in time, beginning in modern day Tuscany and ending up in 14th century Italy! Gabi and Lia Betarrini have spent every summer with their archaelogist parents amongst the ruins of medieval castles, ancient tombs, and dusty sites. However, on this particular summer day, something happens to change the course of both sisters' lives, when they place their hands atop a handprint in an ancient tomb, and find themselves transported to 14th century Italy.
Gabi instantly finds herself without Lia, in the midst of lords and ladies, warring knights, and one handsome lord in particular...Marcello Forelli! Gabi enlists Marcello, and his best friend, Luca, to help her find her sisiter, without divulging her secret that she has traveled back in time. Difficulties arise when Marcello's fiance, Lady Rossi, starts to see an attraction beginning to develop between him and Gabi ...and when she also finds herself caught between two opposing forces in many a life or death situation. Did God send her there to help change the course of history? Where is Lia and can they save her before it's too late, and how can Gabi allow herself to fall in love, knowing somehow she must return to the present and leave Marcello behind?
There is so much to this plot that I cannot say more without spoilers, but this is a delightful read for YAs everywhere! I have to admit I had a hard time putting it down myself and I'm certainly far from that age group! Lisa Bergren's writing style is impeccable, as is her research, and her characters were well developed and charming. I am looking forward to Cascade, which is the next book in The River of Time Series, where Gabi's journey continues!
I had no preconceived notions as to whether or not I thought the book would be a good read, great read or bomb. I thought it looked interesting by the description so I gave it a try. I was surprisingly captivated by the story line. It has adventure, a tastefully done young romance and my favorite...strong willed women....what's not to love. I've ordered the 2nd and 3rd books in the series and can't wait to get started. I would highly recommend this book!
I've read a few of Lisa Bergren's books before and absolutely loved them so when this book came up as a free download for my Kindle I knew I would want to read it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a YA novel so there are some teenagerish (I know that's not a word) moments in the book but overall I loved it. Gabi and her sister are taken through some sort of portal and transported back in time to Medieval Italy where they try to figure out how to get back home. I love this time period to begin with and I didn't want to put the book down. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I'm so glad the library I work in is getting them in this fall!
"Waterfall" is the first book in Lisa T. Bergren's 'River of Time Series'. It's a young adult book, but I believe that readers of all ages would enjoy reading it. The story is about an American teenager, Gabriella Betarrini, who has spent the majority of her summers in Italy, with her younger sister, Lia, and her archeologist parents. This summer they're in rural Tuscany, amidst a new archeological site, filled with crumbling castles and old burial tombs. The two girls, bored out of their minds, decide to do a little exploring, never imaging that this will land them in fourteenth-century Italy...
I literally could NOT put this book down. It grabbed me from the beginning and would not let me go. I was instantly swept into the world of knights and Lords and Ladies, of beautiful dresses, sword fights, adventure, and intrigue. And of course, romance. For what young lady wouldn't fall in love with a smoldering, medieval Italian man? (Sigh....) I don't want to give the whole story away, but needless to say, I can assure you that you will love every page of this book.