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 archaeologist 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 hand print 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.
What a charming and lovely time travel book. The story was so sweet and old world romantic that I cannot wait to get into the next installment of this series. Gabi and Lia are on yet another archaeological dig in Italy with their mother. Determined to find the Etruscan burial site their father had set out to find before his death, their Mother keeps going until she finds the Etruscan ruins. While their mother is distracted 17 year old Gabi and 15 year old Lia explore the grounds. Matching their hand prints to those left on the inside walls, they are transported back in time to the days of knights, and keeps, and castles.
Though Gabi is thrown and disoriented when finding herself in another time, she is more concerned that her sister is nowhere to be found. She stumbles upon a battle being waged and is rescued by Lord Marcello Forelli whom he is instantly attracted to. Gabi finds that the manners and language of the time period comes naturally to her as if she’s been there before. Her rescuers are quite intrigued by her and the fact that she doesn’t really follow the rules of being a lady.
Gabi is a great heroine. She’s strong and brave and not one of those whiny girls who depends constantly on someone else to rescue her. She is skilled with a blade, thanks to her father, and I like that she takes matters into her own hands and does what she needs to get her sister back from the Forelli’s enemies the Paratore’s. Also, I enjoyed the fact that she still had the thoughts and feelings of a teenager. Far too often when teens are thrown into precarious situations in novels they become too adult in their words and deeds. The author managed to create a courageous character while still being true and authentic.
Marcello was the bees knees. Excuse me while I swoon. He’s very honorable and really cares for his family and his men. I also love that he is courageous enough to say screw tradition and family expectations and goes for the love that he truly desires, Gabi. He’s sweet, and strong, and wonderfully brave. He’s also very intelligent and has compassion for others. I love that he is attracted to the unconventional girl, and finds her a refreshing change of pace for him and his men.
Minor characters in this one are all great too. I LOVED Lucca and hope I get to know more about him. Even the antagonists were well developed, solid characters that helped to progress the story forward in the most intriguing ways. The writing was beautiful and the story was engaging and the world building was excellent. It had all the elements I expected of a historical of this time period.
Overall I thought it was a great time-travel story and I’m anxious to get into the next book. Of course Waterfall leaves us with quite a few loose ends, but that makes it all the more interesting. I can’t wait to revisit this world and these characters.
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