Yes! Yes! And yes! What a fantastic read! Waterfall: A Novel is the first book in the River of Time Series as well as Lisa T. Bergren’s first series in the YA arena. Y’all, I do believe she was born for this genre.
I had heard about the River of Time series for quite awhile (through so many other blogs, other authors and the Scavenger Hunt) and am so glad I finally picked it up! First, Gabriella is the main character and her sister calls her Gabs (my sweet baby girl niece is Gabriella and I call her Gabs) – already off to a good start.
Second, I love the way Bergren’s writes. “Because sometimes the heart tells us to venture where the mind fears to trend.” What a quote right? Taken straight out of the book and said by my new favorite hero.
Third, I was cracking up. Gabriella’s internal monologue is hilarious. And this is a 30 year old thinking a teenager is funny (not annoying, like a character from a series that starts with a T).
It’s an interesting setting, time period, idea, there’s great characters and pretty much everything in between is fantastic! My vote? Read it!
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the decision that something is more important that fear.”
And in case you want to know more, here’s from amazon.com:
Gabriella has never spent a summer in Italy like this one.
Remaining means giving up all she’s known and loved … and leaving means forfeiting what she’s come to know—and love itself.
Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. In Book One of the River of Time series, Gabi and Lia are stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, boring, and dusty archeological site … until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.
And thus she comes to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello Falassi, who takes her back to his father’s castle—a castle Gabi has seen in ruins in another life. Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting. But what do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?
P.S. I’m so glad I started this series AFTER it was finished. I couldn’t download the next one fast enough!