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Waterfall: A Novel (River of Time Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa T. Bergren
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Book Description

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?


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“Lisa Bergren has stirred up an exciting and memorable tale that teen readers should thoroughly enjoy!” 
-Melody Carlson, author of the Diary of a Teenage Girl and True Colors series


"Pam Turlow delivers this installment in the River of Time series with a twinkle in her voice. While excavating a Tuscan tomb with their mom during summer vacation, Gabi and Lia find themselves transported back to medieval times and a fierce battle between two knights and their forces. Turlow keeps listeners engaged with credible historical detail and vivid period descriptions as the two girls encounter events they never imagined. An underlying spiritual lesson is learned by the characters and, thus, shared with listeners. A fun audiobook for teen girls." 
T.D. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

About the Author

Lisa T. Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than thirty books that have sold 1.5 million copies. A former publishing executive, she now splits her time writing, editing, and dreaming of her next trip to Italy while parenting her three children with her husband, Tim. They live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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  • File Size: 1017 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MT8SK8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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116 of 121 people found the following review helpful
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The book begins in the present day as two sisters wander, bored, around an archeological dig their mother is working on in Italy. Gabi, the eldest sister, is annoyed to be spending yet another summer at an Italian dig site, and is eager for a normal teenage experience. When she and her sister, Lia, discover a set of ancient handprints in an old tomb that are the exact dimensions of their own hands, however, the two are sucked into a time-warp adventure that is anything but normal.

Gabi and Lia are separated during the shocking jerk back through time, and Gabi emerges from the tomb into the middle of a fierce battle between two Italian houses, the Castellos Forelli and Paratore, in medieval Italy. When the Castello Forelli takes her under their protection, she not only meets the handsome--and spoken for--Marcello Forelli, she also becomes the main target of the dangerous Castello Paratore.

Gabi's shock at finding herself in another era must be pushed aside quickly in order to ensure her survival; and she soon finds herself giving medical advice to save a Lord's son, sword fighting, and actively participating in war schemes (all while wishing she had access to Wikipedia or Google to get some answers to her historical questions). When it is discovered that the cruel Lord Paratore is holding Lia captive, however, Gabi's somewhat good-natured romp through medieval Italy suddenly becomes a nightmare.

When I first picked up Waterfall, I was a bit skeptical. Unfortunately, a lot of Christian fiction for teens is--in my opinion--poorly written, too preachy, or heavily coated in sugar. I was dubious that Waterfall, a book that fell into my lap unexpectedly, would be any different.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So fantastically good! March 4, 2011
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Can you say *SWOON*?

I'm trying to hold back the OMG squeeeeeees here, but it's kinda hard. You see in the description where it mentions Italian hotties? Notice how it's plural? Oh wow is it plural! There are three guys in this book that I would risk plague and travel back in time for. Yet, delightfully, there isn't any annoying love triangle. The main character loves her guy and sees the other two as good friends (which means I can have them then, right?)

Ah, they're physically attractive, but they also have super attractive personalities. The main character travels back to the 14th century, so these guys aren't the modern guy who will share his feelings with you over a latte (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Oh no, these are the kind of guys that make you let out a primal groan and call them MEN. They're all commanding and manly and make me want to say really dorky things like "Oh take me you big man you" (I'm ready for my romance cover shot, please). They also have swords--one of the most popular accessories of hot men everywhere--and they're totally willing to get all sweaty and sexy using them.

But, come on, am I superficial enough to give a book a five star Special Shelf rating on the basis of hot guys alone? Um, yeah, ok, I actually so am. But this book has other redeeming features, I promise.

Girls rock too

How about that main character? As awesome as the men are, she's pretty kick butt herself. So fine, maybe I'm not buying that being a fencing champ makes her able to wield a 30 pound sword, but hey, it's the thought that counts, right? And the thought is really great. The guys are all like, "Lady, you need to stay in the castle and let us do man work" and she's all, "Yeah, whatever.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not what I was expecting, in a GOOD way February 23, 2011
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I wasn't sure about this book when I picked it up. It sounded like it might be a sappy love story with a weepy main character.

Not. Even. Close.

I loved this book. Gabi is a great main character. She's got spunk, fire, and determination. But she's also smart, and can cool her heels when the situation needs it. Her loyalty to her sister, her ability to empathize with strangers, and ability to think on her feet make her my favorite kind of character.

The story itself holds its own in a very good way. Gabi presents herself in a believable way so everyone thinks she's a lady and not a commoner. The only thing that bothered me was her ability to pick up ancient Italian as well as she did. She spoke Italian fluently, but ancient Italian is something else entirely. She did question this, so I'm hoping we'll get an explanation in a later book.

I liked the conflict between Gabi and Lady Rossi. It was full of tension, but wasn't over the top. And there was plenty of motive for that conflict, too.

The romance aspect felt like a good, slow build up, even though it happened rather quickly if you count out the days. But there certainly wasn't any "OMG he's hot, I must throw myself at him" moments going on in this story, which I found very refreshing.

Overall, this was a very compelling and interesting story that grabbed my attention and kept it. I was even still reading at 2am and telling myself over and over that I *had* to go to bed (which I did), and yet I kept reading. I think teens of all ages will enjoy this story, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I completely love Waterfall. I'm usually not one for re-reading a book. However, this is the one of the only ones that I've read at least five times. Read more
Published 12 days ago by npbookgrl1
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Love love love. I have read this book a many of times, and I love it every single time. Does that happen to everyone or is it just me?
Published 13 days ago by Eddie Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Knights in Shining Amor
I am reading the River of Time series and I am absolutely captivated. If you like time travel, love and adventure, with a taste of Italy or renaissance this is for you. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jasmine
4.0 out of 5 stars Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren
This book was so much fun! This was my first experience with time-travel in the story, and I loved it. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Kelvey Nabors
2.0 out of 5 stars Christian YA Fiction With Serious Plot Holes
I like YA fiction a lot and after reading the reviews for this book, I thought it might be a nice light read about a girl traveling back in time to an interesting historical... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Das Englisch von Königin
5.0 out of 5 stars I must admit I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this book
I must admit I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I definitely intend to continue the series. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Heathery Hebert
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book
This was so thrilling I couldn't stop reading! loved this book!
Published 29 days ago by Caroline Walsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Sharon D. Severe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it. It was hard to put down. Just wanted more.
Published 1 month ago by graciela arballo
5.0 out of 5 stars Time travel to 15th Century Italy
I loved learning about the 15th Century Italy! So fun to read the adventures of two teenage girls becoming women. I loved this series!
Published 1 month ago by Debbie Taylor
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Lisa T. Bergren is Tim's wife, Olivia, Emma and Jack's mom, and an explorer of people, places and stories in many genres. She's written over 40 books and sold over 2.5 million of them, with the help of some good publishing people and readers like you. You can find more about her at www.LisaTawnBergren.com.

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