on February 1st 2011
What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?
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.
I finished this book in as little sittings as possible. Every spare second I had, I read this book, until it was finished. I’ve always been in love with the Medieval Time period, so with the knights, chivalry, and beautiful language, I was in absolute heaven while reading Waterfall.
Waterfall is an action-filled time travel novel that really packs a punch. Our main character Gabi is a strong, quick-witted and compassionate young woman who finds herself thrust back into Medieval Italia. Given the means of travel, Gabi’s younger sister Lia should have been in the tomb as well when Gabi arrived in the past, but instead, she remains missing for a great deal of this novel. Gabi spends a good chunk of this novel, searching exhaustively for her missing sister. Luckily, Gabi does not have to do this alone. After arriving in the past, Gabi quickly gains interest and assistance from a local Lord and his accompaniment.
Marcello. Swoon. He captured my heart from the start. Sweet, brave, and kind, Marcello is everything you could want in a male lead, especially a possible romantic lead. Though baffled by Gabi’s appearance, clothing and behaviors, Marcello is quick to assist in the search for her missing sister.
Though thrust into a period of time where women were extremely repressed and treated as fragile birds, Gabi remained strong and wise. Packing knowledge of medicine that this century as yet to discover, skilled with a blade, and her own pure determination, Gabi is a force to be reckoned with. Even with the possibility of her sister being gone for good, and with her, Gabi’s only chance of making it home, Gabi pushes on forward, remaining steadfast.
Between the complicated and forbidden love brewing between Marcello and Gabi and the continual search for Lia, which turns-up surprising and dangerous results, I was glued to this novel. Lost in the beauty of the past, at times I found myself wishing to be part of that world. You can tell that Bergren has a passion for Old Italia through her descriptions.
The ending of Waterfall is both heartbreaking and hopeful. I cannot wait to start the next book in this trilogy.