24 February 2012

Favorite Friday: Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren (5/5 stars)

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaelogist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds...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.

Suddenly Gabi's summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.

Published February 1st 2011 by Cook, David C.

Description courtesy of Goodreads.

I'm pretty sure the only reason I first downloaded this book onto my Kindle a while back is because it was ridiculously cheap, perhaps even free. I'd never even heard of this series. But, I'm pretty sure it was Divine intervention that lead me to this book, because I fell in LOVE!!!

I fell in love with the main characters (Gabi and Lia), I fell in love with Marcello and Luca(swoon!), I even fell in love with the "side" characters that may not always be front-burning. I fell in love with Italy, (Oh, did I fall in love with Italy!), and I totally fell in love with Lisa T. Bergren's writing.

The story starts out strong for me when we meet, teenage sisters, Gabriella & Evangelia Betarrini. They've recently lost their father and are now with their mother, who while a little distant, due to being broken over her husband's death, really loves her girls.

The sisters invetibly get into some mischief, which ultimately takes them to 14th-century Italy where they are separated and immediately thrown into danger and romance. There's war, intrigue, and we're thrown into the harsh reality of what life was like in this time. But, Ms. Bergren softens all of this up with a romance that totally left me breathless and wanting more. Both sisters must face hard choices and make sacrifices. In just this first installment, alone, I can see the growth of both sisters, as they take their inner fierceness, and wield it into a toughness that is essential to their survival.

There are no slow moments in this book. It was one of those reads where I had to MAKE myself put it down...At three in the morning. After finishing just one. More. Chapter.

I more than recommend this book. I tell you right now, go out and BUY this book. Tell your friends. Your sisters. Your aunts. EVERYBODY! And I promise you, you'll want to buy the next two, immediately.

My rating: 5/5 stars!

To purcahse this book on Amazon, click here.

Next week, check back here for my Favorite Friday review of Cascade (Book 2 of the River of Time series) by Lisa T. Bergren.


  1. Yay! So glad you found the water fine in the River of Time...SO much ahead for you to find out! Happy reading..

  2. I'm SOOOO anxious for BOURNE, it's not even funny! :)