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?
What would you do if you jumped back in time? Would you make it your goal to get back into the time you came from, would you explore a while, or would you fall in love with a knight in shining armor who is a couple centuries older then yourself. Lisa T Bergren picked the last option for her character.
Gabi is a typical teenager who wants a normal life, instead she gets a chance to jump back into the time of knights in shining armor. Remember one thing, when there are knights in shining armor there is always trouble, such as traitors, battles, and destruction. Since she jumped back a few centuries, she is no longer a typical female. She is a twentieth century female, who is willing to fight her own battles and is not afraid to wield a sword. (Just remember that this is fiction and girls with swords are allowed, unlike the real world where girls with swords are burned at the stake, such as Joan of Ark.)
I am more like her sister Lia, in the sense that she wanted to get back into her time period. But like every story drama prevails, Gabi wants to stay and fight a battle that had already been fought and then throws reality out the door and falls in love with the leader of the knights in shining armor.
At this point in my review you probably are wondering, did she like this book or did she dislike this book. I actually did not mind this book. This book is filled with adventure and kept me reading till the end. Lisa T. Bergren did an excellent job writing her characters. All of them were well developed and intriguing.
Just to let you know, if you interested in reading this book, it does leave off on a cliff hanger and you most definitely will want the next book.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a romance and adventure.
Author and her website: Lisa T. Bergren
Want more about this series, Cover to Cover and Everything in Between, a fellow book blogger and a very cool person, reviewed the whole series here.
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This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.