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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Waterfall by Lisa T Bergren

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized4 Comments

Publisher: David C Cook
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 01 February 2011
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1434764338
Format: paperback
Pages: 369
Place(s) Traveled to: Siena, Italy // Tuscany, Italy (1342, Present Day)
Rating: 5 out of 5 star 

River of Time Series Order

Book 1: Waterfall
Book 2: Cascade
Book 3: Torrent
Book 3.5: Bourne (~February 2012)
Book 4: Tribitary (~2012)

First Line: We paused on our hike, panting and wiping our upper lips as our guide-the old Italian farmer who owned this land-chopped down a small spaling, clearing the overgrown trail.

I first heard about Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren from Deborah over at Books, Movies and Chinese Food who never failed to mention it when I was looking for book recommendations. Eventually she wore me down with her glowing recommendation of this series that I just had to buy it…and I was glad that I did. Because once I started I became lost in this story and found myself buying the second and third books before I was even half way done. 

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren contains within some of my favorite things in a book there is a little mystery, a little romance, dual time periods (although this one is mostly set in the 14th century), and its set in the middle ages. I adore the middle ages. I’m not sure what it is about that time period but I just have an odd fascination with it and so loved the history and pageantry found in this book. I also really liked the main characters of Gabby, Marcello and Luca. Though there were times when each would annoy me….mostly Gabby but they were minor quirks and ones easily overlooked. 

I loved how all the characters interacted and how Bergren was able to weave in the intricate histories of the books setting without coming across as dry and boring. The added in bits of history did nothing to distract from the story and only added to the richness of it. The only thing that really bugged me was how easy it was for Gabby and her sister to talk in 14th century Italian and to learn the various social morays of the time. It just seemed too quick and unrealistic for two modern day girls who didn’t share there parents passion for history.  

Minor annoyances aside I really enjoyed this novel. I loved meeting all the various characters and seeing how they interacted. There were some relationships that developed that were predicable but again that didn’t deflect from the story. Its not always about how a book will end but the journey the characters take in getting there. And Waterfall was filled with a wonderful journey and I am sorry that it took me so long to get to it. Waterfall is a beautiful story and I can’t wait until I am able to get to reading the other books in this series to see what happens next. If you are looking for a fun book to take you out of reality for a couple of hours then look no further and give Waterfall a try. I think that it might surprise you.

4 Responses to “Waterfall by Lisa T Bergren”

  1. Rose

    Great review! I’ve wanted to read this series for awhile now. I think I’ll have to pick it up soon!