By Lisa Tawn Bergren
Publication date: Feb. 1, 2011
David C. Cook, 369 pages
Source: Purchased for my Kindle
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.
— Goodreads.com description
If Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren has taught me anything, it is this: I’d also be a goner in medieval Tuscany.
Nope, no hope for this one. I don’t do dirt, misogyny or warfare very well. So. Yeah. Dead. Within days.
Luckily for the Betarrini sisters, they are not me. No no no, they have been coincidentally and perfectly primed for a time-travel trip back to 1300s Italy. They speak ancient Italian, are well-versed in history and are proficient in fencing and archery.
Okay, sure, it’s all a little too convenient, but it’s also just the type of thing a teenage girl would want to daydream about. And by teenage girl, I mean 28-year-old me. Which is why I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
There’s romance, adventure, action, sword fighting, pretty dresses and castles, which, frankly, is pretty much all I could ask for in a book.
This is a trilogy, and the series did get a bit tiresome as it went on (a little too lovey-dovey and God-talky for me). But book one is such a fun escape! If you love historical reads, definitely check out Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren.