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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
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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 is currently a freelance editor and mother. She lives in Colorado Springs.


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  • Series: River of Time Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434764338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434764331
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (586 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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122 of 127 people found the following review helpful By LindsayWrites on January 26, 2011
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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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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By small review on 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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha VINE VOICE on 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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