Published: June 1st, 2011 by David C. Cook
Synopsis:The River of Time series by Lisa Tawn Bergren begins in present day Italy with two girls who find their way to the past. Even better than the first, Cascade,the second in the series also begins in present day Italy, immediately after the first book, Waterfall, ends. Gabi and Lia are back in their own time in an Italy that is being excavated rather than warred over. Their mother is baffled at the girls in their medieval dresses and why on earth they were in one of the tombs, fiddling around. Gabi and Lia tell their mother of the hand prints and of the medieval Italy they found. They convince their mother to follow them to the past so they can show her everything they've found and so they can also find what they left behind, a city that loves them and two men that have captured their hearts.
Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead.
But Marcello patiently awaits, and Gabi must decide if she’s willing to leave her family behind for good in order to give her heart to him forever.(from Goodreads.com)
In this amazing tale of love and loss, Gabi and Lia will wind their way through, fighting as the She-Wolves of Siena attempting to protect all those they love and remain alive in the process. Cascade is a truly passionate story that will whip you around from one place to another, leaving you curious at the atrocities that will be afflicted upon our hard-hitting Gabi and well-aimed Lia. With surprises left and right, the roller coaster of Cascade will never let you stop for a moments peace. The magical heart of this book will light a fire in your heart and force you to never put the book down for fear of what may happen next.
Gabi has grown since book one, learning what life truly is. Her hardships push her to a stronger realization that she is not unbreakable, and that she may be strong, but she can still die. Fear and pain pump through the chapters, developing the plot and making us readers appreciate the careful crafting of life that the characters are given. Lia, Gabi's younger sister, is nothing short of amazing. Her fierce love of her sister and her ability to concentrate on her goals is refreshing and endearing. Together, Gabi and Lia provide a sisterly duo that lights up the pages of Cascade, delighting all those who plow thru the pages of this captivating novel.
Marcello and Luca are back in spades with Marcello's strong, loyal, noble heart cascading through the pages, making the reader swoon at every quotation mark and heart pound at every period. Making us want nothing more than for him to kiss us as he does Gabi, in stolen moments and hidden hallways. Luca, our wittingly, sexy comedic relief is even more in stride in Cascade and we can't help but love him even more for it. Luca is our fill of fun in a world that is as serious as death and we thank him for it, while also hoping that he will wrap us in his arms and whisper sweet nothings into our ears.
Cascade, while filling us with words of Marcello and Luca, also introduces a third man. Lord Rodolfo Greco. And while we aren't sure whether we even care for Lord Greco, we can tell that he makes the book all that more interesting. No matter that Lord Greco half drags Gabi behind his horse into the enemy city of Firenze so that he may present her to his Lords, he does it with a sense of dedication to different sides: one his city and one we aren't sure of. He captures our interest in a way we never thought a man torn by alliances could and casts our eyes to him; someone who is flawed and therefore even more real.
Cascade is a fierce flowing, high flying story that will whip you around, making your heart race and feelings soar. Lisa T. Bergren has created a masterpiece of historical proportions and when you flip that last page, your mouth will drop and you won't be able to do anything other than grab Torrent and begin anew into the River of Time series because a family from the present meeting the past will have to fight for their lives and for each other. What could be more awe-inspiring than that?
If you haven't read Waterfall, go NOW buy it, check it out from the library. This series is amazing and a must read!
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