River of Time, book 1
Categories: Christian fiction; romance, science fiction and fantasy; teen and young adult, time travel
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: February 1, 2011 (new edition)
My Rating: 4 stars
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?
I'm bringing you another oldie but goodie review from my Goodreads page. I wrote this review in 2015 after I had first read the book. I have more recently listened to the audio version of the first three books, Waterfall, Cascade, and Torrent. I enjoyed the books this time around as much as I had the first time. And while I did find that the narrator for the audiobooks was incredibly talented, I struggled with the audiobook. Primarily because I am not a teenage girl. When reading, I can mentally skip over the more juvenile aspects of the story (these are not negative aspects... a teenaged girl is the target audience for these books). When listening I can't and so those aspects stand out even more to me. Anyway...
I had suggested that my teenage daughter read the books as I knew that she would really enjoy them. So, of course, I had to refresh my memory of the story... poor me... such torture ;).
So, here goes the review...
I am a bit older (quite a bit) than the intended audience for this series but I have to admit that I really enjoyed it. I came across Waterfall when my 13-year-old daughter had a school Christmas gift exchange. The girl whose name she drew was a fan of the Harry Potter series. So, when Christmas shopping at my local Christian bookstore I asked the owner for his recommendation of a book that a Harry Potter fan might love. His understanding was that Lisa Tawn Bergren specifically set out to write this series as a biblically based set of stories that would draw the interest of teenagers and their mothers as strongly as Harry Potter did.
Waterfall is a light, fun, and clean read. It is also quite a fantastical story. It is Christian fiction; 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 shows true romance, advocates sex AFTER marriage, and provides them with a clean entertaining read that you won't mind previewing. Enjoy