Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

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Gabriella has never spent a summer in Italy like this one.
Remaining means giving up all she’s known and loved … and leaving means forfeiting what she’s come to know—and love itself.
Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. In Book One of the River of Time series, Gabi and Lia are stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, boring, and dusty archeological site … 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.
And thus she comes to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello Falassi, who takes her back to his father’s castle—a castle Gabi has seen in ruins in another life. Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting. But what do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?

Waterfall is the first book in The River of Time Series. Let me tell you, I was hooked from chapter 1. The suspense, the action, the romance.. It’s all so intoxicating.
I think what makes this book stand out is how it’s not cheesy like some other romance novels. I have read some books where the romance is plain and forced, and the words don’t seem to mean anything. But in Waterfall, that’s not the case. I think the romance is new and refreshing.
Another thing I like about the novel is how it is not particularly focused on the romance. Gabriella wants nothing more then to find her sister, and I think Lisa does a very good job of keeping that as the focus, along with the romance and action involved.
Upon reading this book, I instantly fell in love with Evangelia’s character. She is strong and independent, yet she has a big heart. She cares for her family dearly and wants nothing more then to have her original life back.
Overall, this is a beautiful story of love, life, and family. It includes many perils along the way. It beautifully shows Gabriella’s struggles to trust God in everything. Showing those inner struggles in the book really makes this book feel like your Gabriella or you are Evangelia. This is one of my favorite books I have ever read!

If your interested in learning more about Lisa and The River of Time Series, along some of Lisa’s other great books, check out her blog @ http://lisatawnbergren.com/books/waterfall/

Lilian-

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