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Waterfall: A Novel (River of Time Series) Paperback – February 1, 2011
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This is book one in the River of Time series. First, my few issues with the book. One, why is it titled Waterfall? I never made the connection. None. Whatsoever. Gorgeous title. Gorgeous cover. The first two things that drew me in until I read the intriguing synopsis, but I still, even after having finished it, cannot make the connection. Perhaps it'll click later on in the series? Two, I did find a few minor grammatical errors, which could have been caught by the editors. There were a few incorrect commas and then three or four dialogue issues that were "holes" for lack of a better word. But, nothing so serious as to jerk me from the reality that the story cocooned me in. Three, I know the MC was as twenty-first century seventeen year old American girl, but Lord have mercy the number of times I saw the phrase "hot" associated with men. Kay, I'm in my early twenties and my younger sister is midteens, and neither of us speak that way. I know there are masses of girls out there that do, so it wasn't unrealistic, just too much. Yeah, I'm an old soul. And, yeah, I've thought guys were great looking, but I have not gone on and on about how "hot" they were. This, however, did seem to ease up as the book went along. First impressions, I get it, so this is a light critique. That said...I have no other complaints.
The MC, Gabriella, was stinking awesome. :D I loved her! I loved her sister and I really hope we get to see more of her in the future. I loved the way she narrated the story and her personality. I could relate to her. I liked her daring nature, which came mostly from her twenty-first century upbringing and ignorance of the current period. I liked how her skills translated to the fourteenth century and I liked how she adapted to the world around her. She wasn't all head strong, know it all, I can do this! She had moments of doubt and fear. She had questions and something that gave her caution. She was also pretty stubborn, but not in a cliche way. I very much enjoyed the rich historical world that Mrs. Bergren built. I'm finding more and more that I like historical fiction and nonfiction, which I never would have imagined as a child. The world was intricate and it enveloped me wholly. The relationships between the characters were dynamic, round, and complex. I loved the moments when Gabi thought back to her father and when Rossi shone through to be more than she first appeared. I loved, and I do mean loved Luca and Marcello! I cannot wait to see more of those two! Oh, and Fortino. God love Fortino. I am definitely coming back for more of him. So, as you can see, I am entirely enamored of the cast and the setting. The plot was intriguing. It drew me in, and though at times some of the names took a second to process, I soon got the hang of it and felt right at home in the little Italian world. The language was beautiful and I almost wish there had been more of it. I was very much invested in the story by the end of it and would heartily recommend it to others who enjoy a story alive with intrigue and just a hint of forbidden romance!
As for my three strikes: no language, clean romance, and mild violence. It's a plus on all sides!
Waterfall was full of history, humor, and hormones. You don't have to be a teenager to enjoy this time traveling adventure story. It was easy to relate to the bond between sisters and the way Gabi longs for her first kiss to come from a brave and dashing knight. The way the girls tried to mask their true identity (being from the future) provided a good deal of lighthearted humor.
There was some violence - castle storming, sword fights, and medieval torture. Additionally, there are implied perils for unprotected maidens, but nothing of a graphic nature that would prevent me from recommending this story to friends with teenage readers.
I started reading and I thought OK, this could be a bit boring but only for the first few pages. After that, I was so engrossed in the book that sleeping even at 4:15am seemed to be a torture. Oh, I so wanted to read this book and to keep reading. This was, for me, a mix of historical fiction and chick-lit. Ah, heaven!
As far as I remember, I have only read one other book in the genre of historical fiction and this was my second attempt at it and I adored it. I need to read more of this genre! Anyway, this book was something else entirely since it’s not purely a historical fiction. Remember, I said chick-lit? And as if that was less, it is set in, hold your breath, Italy. Yes! I have fallen in love with Italy since I read Under the Tuscan Sun and secretly dream of settling there someday (shhh….).
And of course, there are some hot guys in here. Not that I swoon over just everybody but an Italian knight doesn’t fit into the criteria for everyone now, does he? ;)
In short, I am not telling you anything about this book. Go read it!