Waterfall, / Lisa T. Bergren (River of Time, 1)
Cascade, / by Lisa T. Bergren (River of Time, 2)
HS (Adult) RATING: 5 (out of 5)
Lisa Bergren presents Waterfall, and Cascade, her entry into young adult literature. Be prepared for historical fiction, romance, adventure, time travel, and plot twists!
In Waterfall, the Betarrini sisters travel to Italy with their archaeologist mother. Typical American teens, they grow bored at the medieval castle archaeological site. When they place their hands over handprints in an ancient tomb they stumble upon, the sisters are transported back to 14th century Tuscany. Gabi finds herself in the midst of a fierce battle while her younger sister Lia ends up elsewhere. Two handsome young men, Marcello and Lucas, rescue them. They face life-threatening adventures including fighting battles alongside the men before returning to their own time.
In Cascade, Gabi longs to return to Marcello, even though it is dangerous. She convinces Lia and their mother to return. Hailed as heroines in earlier battles, the sisters find themselves dealing with treachery, accusations, even death threats, as they try to sort out friends and enemies. Meanwhile, as her relationship with Marcello deepens, Gabi must decide whether to stay with him forever or return home. Before she is able to give him her heart, the ladies are called home. The adventures continue in Torrent, expected in Fall 2011.
Bergren does it again, penning a well-written character and plot-driven series. Readers should be aware that although the story involves evil men, violence and torture, it is handled without excessive detail. The book includes an interview with the author, discussion questions, and historical notes.
This book will appeal to older teens and adults alike. Although this is Christian fiction, it is definitely not preachy. Waterfall won the 2012 Christy award for young adult fiction.
Highly recommended for school libraries and public libraries.
— reprinted with permission from Christian Library Journal, August 2011.