Waterfall: A Novel (River of Time Series) Paperback – February 1, 2011
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- Publisher : David C. Cook; New edition (February 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1434764338
- ISBN-13 : 978-1434764331
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : 710L
- Grade level : 8 - 9
- Item Weight : 15.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 8.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #948,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is book one in the River of Time series. First, my few issues with the book. One, why is it titled Waterfall? I never made the connection. None. Whatsoever. Gorgeous title. Gorgeous cover. The first two things that drew me in until I read the intriguing synopsis, but I still, even after having finished it, cannot make the connection. Perhaps it'll click later on in the series? Two, I did find a few minor grammatical errors, which could have been caught by the editors. There were a few incorrect commas and then three or four dialogue issues that were "holes" for lack of a better word. But, nothing so serious as to jerk me from the reality that the story cocooned me in. Three, I know the MC was as twenty-first century seventeen year old American girl, but Lord have mercy the number of times I saw the phrase "hot" associated with men. Kay, I'm in my early twenties and my younger sister is midteens, and neither of us speak that way. I know there are masses of girls out there that do, so it wasn't unrealistic, just too much. Yeah, I'm an old soul. And, yeah, I've thought guys were great looking, but I have not gone on and on about how "hot" they were. This, however, did seem to ease up as the book went along. First impressions, I get it, so this is a light critique. That said...I have no other complaints.
The MC, Gabriella, was stinking awesome. :D I loved her! I loved her sister and I really hope we get to see more of her in the future. I loved the way she narrated the story and her personality. I could relate to her. I liked her daring nature, which came mostly from her twenty-first century upbringing and ignorance of the current period. I liked how her skills translated to the fourteenth century and I liked how she adapted to the world around her. She wasn't all head strong, know it all, I can do this! She had moments of doubt and fear. She had questions and something that gave her caution. She was also pretty stubborn, but not in a cliche way. I very much enjoyed the rich historical world that Mrs. Bergren built. I'm finding more and more that I like historical fiction and nonfiction, which I never would have imagined as a child. The world was intricate and it enveloped me wholly. The relationships between the characters were dynamic, round, and complex. I loved the moments when Gabi thought back to her father and when Rossi shone through to be more than she first appeared. I loved, and I do mean loved Luca and Marcello! I cannot wait to see more of those two! Oh, and Fortino. God love Fortino. I am definitely coming back for more of him. So, as you can see, I am entirely enamored of the cast and the setting. The plot was intriguing. It drew me in, and though at times some of the names took a second to process, I soon got the hang of it and felt right at home in the little Italian world. The language was beautiful and I almost wish there had been more of it. I was very much invested in the story by the end of it and would heartily recommend it to others who enjoy a story alive with intrigue and just a hint of forbidden romance!
As for my three strikes: no language, clean romance, and mild violence. It's a plus on all sides!
Gabi's story begins in present day Siena, with a glimpse of her life as the daughter of a renowned archeologist. She and her sister Lia suddenly find themselves in medieval Siena, having traveled centuries back in time...an archeologist's dream. Having been likened to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, Waterfall (and The River of Time Series as a whole) is an action-packed tale of adventure, love, sacrifice and self-discovery.
Gabi's strong character shows resourcefulness over and over again, using skills from her life in the 20th century to overcome challenges. But she has a lot to learn in Middle Age Siena. She doesn't have it all together and often wishes and prays to be back in her own time. She doesn't understand the politics of the day, nor does she understand the extreme measures that were used with enemies or traitors. She has to learn to adapt to being a young woman in an unfamiliar time period with different expectations and limitations. In a country and time reliant on religion, she has to learn to depend on a God she knows little about.
This book is extremely relevant to today's young adult reader. But the reader needs to go in to this book aware of what they are embarking on: a series [I found] difficult to put down and one that expresses deep Christian beliefs. The reader must also accept the book as it is: a time travel novel based in medieval Italy. It's by no means meant to mirror the past but to present an exciting story that takes the reader to another time and place.
I would recommend this book for age 16 and up.
Waterfall is a light, fun, clean, although quite a fantastical story. It is Christian, but moms if you were hopeful that this series would lead your daughter into a deeper relationship with Christ I'm afraid that it won't. Fortunately, though, it is a series that you can give to your daughter that will show true romance, advocate sex AFTER marriage, and provide them with a clean entertaining read that you won't mind previewing. Enjoy
One element I really liked was Gabi’s discovery that everything happens for a reason. She starts asking good questions that lead her to pray or turn to God for the answers she doesn’t have.
I breathed a sigh of relief at the end but will be picking up the next book as soon as possible to find out what happens next.
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I loved the characters, I LOVED the storyline, the whole time travel back to the fourteenth century `thing' was genius. Our main character Gabi was so realistic and acted the exact way I would imagine a 17 year old would when finding herself 600 years in the past stuck in skinny jeans and running shoes surrounded by knights fighting a bloody battle on a hillside in the middle of Italy. The way she was clever and talked herself out of where she had come from and why she was alone - women in those times didn't just wander around (in trousers!) on hillsides alone during battles!
The villains in this book were suitably horrible, a nearby enemy of the family who takes Gabi in who have been fighting with them over land for years and who provide much of the story's action and fighting scenes throughout the book. They were perfect. The men... ahh the men. Well they're Italian noblemen and knights, what more could one want!? But of course the guy she falls for is already betrothed to someone else and so that storyline was sweet because back then they got married very young and although she falls for him she struggles internally with being so in love at such a young age when he talks of marriage!
I just can't give enough praise to this book. I never wanted it to end. And I'm so glad there are sequels which I'm afraid I will devour very quickly! I recommend this to all. Even if you think yourself someone who does not like historical fiction, please, please give it a try, I think you'll find yourself quite surprised!
Once you buy into the premise the story rattled along, with some byways of course, like demonstrating how some modern medical treatments could be useful many years ago. I will look forward to reading the sequel and discovering whether true love can be found.
The heroine was immature, and too many convenient reasons for her being able to do several improbable things (speak ancient languages, sword fighting etc.) were a tad unbelievable, and given last minute as a kind of aside. This started to grate after a bit.
Unlike others I found the teenage speak annoying rather than charming... but perhaps that is because as a twenty something I am too old for this.
Recommended for younger readers or those who don't get slowly irritated by american teenage slang
This novel is none of those things.
The author weaves a rich tapestry of history when she sends two young girls back in time to fourteenth century Italy.
All I can say is read it. I will be reading the others in this series.