Author: Lisa Tawn Bergen
Published: February 1st, 2011 by David C. Cook
Synopsis:In Waterfall, American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidently finds herself in Fourteenth-Century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties. Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds... until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the Fourteenth Century and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another.(from Goodreads.com)
Gabriella and her sister are along for yet another archeological dig with their mother during their most recent summer holiday. Instead of being home in the States with their friends, they are in Italy, combing through the tombs of Etruscans, dead for thousands of years. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad, but the grief that surrounds their family from the death of their father pushes their mother into a working frenzy, in which she pays only slight attention to her daughters and mounds of attention to the dead.
Gabriella is tired of it all. She just wants to feel alive again. In Lisa Tawn Bergen's new young adult series, River of Time, Gabriella and her sister Lia find the oddest thing in the tomb of one of the Etruscan's that sends them back in time to ancient Sienna, Italy. A time where life and love are more than just a mimicked thought, but a way of everyday survival.
A story of the past, Waterfall brings everything we could ever ask for in a historical/time travel novel. With ancient tongues and old accents mixed with new age slang and thoughts, Waterfall takes us through the mid 1300's in Italy with a fun twist of excitement when contemporary girls mix with men of an age where woman were to be protected and kept behind the men. The story takes precedence over everything, weaving an epic tale that can't help but capture your heart and mind. Strong heroine's light the pages, making the book feel even more intense and exciting. Ms. Bergen's writing is nothing short of brilliant and captivating and will pull you into Gabriella's world with careless abandon.
However, no story would be complete without a little love and Waterfall gives us just that, a delicate weaving of love that doesn't overtake the story, but works in tandem with it's beauty and brilliance. Marcello Forelli, the son of Lord Forelli, Lord of Costello Forelli, is just as we picture all amazingly gorgeous Italian men of the mid 1300's to be: loving, kind, protective, frustrated with females who don't listen to a thing he says... Which, to me is the best part of their relationship....because Gabriella doesn't miraculously become the lady of the past, she is *still* the lady of the future, who does not like to be told what to do and will do anything to protect her family. Gabriella, while lovely and strong, is not our typical heroine. Gabriella and Lia, her younger sister, are thoughtful and INDEPENDENT, ridding the book of the co-dependency we all detest in fictional-relationships, while instead giving the relationship a deeper and more important feel. A feel where those who are loved do not have to change to be loved, but can retain everything they are and everything they feel and still obtain a love that will be with them for ages.
Waterfall is a gorgeous tale of past and present that will wrap you around it's little finger and never let you go. Your only thought will be that you were lucky enough to pick up this book filled with strong women, amazingly developed and flawed characters, perfectly poised comedic relief, and a love that will stay with you no matter when or where you are.
*I recommend this book to those who are fans of Young Adult Fiction, Adult Fiction, Time Travel and Historical Fiction as well as books that take place in Italy.
(Note: This book is very clean and contains no swearing or anything sexually related. There is kissing and talk of serious subjects including death, torture and war.)