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Gabriella has never spent a summer in Italy like this one.
Remaining means giving up all she's known and loved ... and leaving means forfeiting what she's come to know--and love itself. 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?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 369 pages
  • 140.97 x 208.79 x 25.15mm | 435.45g
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 1434764338
  • 9781434764331
  • 80,109

About Lisa Bergren

Lisa T. Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than thirty books that have sold 1.5 million copies. A former publishing executive, she is currently a freelance editor and mother. She lives in Colorado Springs.
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21,134 ratings
4.01 out of 5 stars
5 42% (8,929)
4 30% (6,376)
3 18% (3,786)
2 6% (1,215)
1 4% (828)

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I decided to read this one because I had heard so many great things about the series and even though I don't usually enjoy historical fiction, I do love time travel, so I figured that I would give it a shot, and boy am I glad that I did. I really enjoyed Gabbi's character, and when she went backwards in time, she knew more than me of the time period because of her growing up with archaeologists for parents, but just enough so that she could blend in, and the things she didn't understand was able to be written off because she claimed to be from a different country and distraught because of her missing sister and mother. But, as it turns out, the way that Lisa writes, I really loved the time period. The customs and chivalry, the way that the politics were presented was interesting to me, but like with all books, it was really the characters that made the story for me. Gabbi being emotional, but resilient and strong, showing up as a female obviously beyond the times, and willing to stand up for herself, fight for her family, and yet willing to learn. She knew her weaknesses, but turned them into strength. What I enjoyed the most though was that she was loyal, she cared about other people, and she kept the big picture in focus. She was willing to put aside what she wanted in order for others to be happy and for the greater good. There was some talk of religion in this one, but it was tastefully written, fitting with the time period, circumstances, and not preachy. I actually really appreciated her openess to it, even though she wasn't a religious person to start with. On to the men. Wow. They were thoughtful, handsome, strong, and they just don't have many men like this in this time, which is another reason I enjoyed the time period. The action scenes were well written and didn't feel forced or too gruesome, while yet keeping true to what would have been realistic in battle and between the forces. Fortino was a pleasant addition. I loved that Gabbi wanted to help him, and was able to use personal experience as well as some modern age treatments to help him with his illness, and that it was a true friendship between a guy and a girl. Luka, the first guard, caught my eye, but I knew that he wasn't for Gabbi. I couldn't help but fall for him though, he is trust worthy, loyal, understanding. Marcello is the perfect royal gentlemen. It is hard because his marriage has been planned since he was a small child and it is for political alliance. He was fine until he met and fell for Gabbi. It was so hard because of his duty, responsibilities, and then his feelings. There is such tension, hotness, and passion in this romance, but it is all clean. The ending worked well for the book, although I am eager to get an opening in my schedule to keep reading about this awesome world and see what choices are made and how they live with the ones from the last book, however painful, noble, fitting, and needed. Bottom Line: Loved the characters and the romance.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
I'm pretty sure the only reason I first downloaded this book onto my Kindle a while back is because it was ridiculously cheap, perhaps even free. I'd never even heard of this series. But, I'm pretty sure it was Divine intervention that lead me to this book, because I fell in LOVE!!! I fell in love with the main characters (Gabi and Lia), I fell in love with Marcello and Luca(swoon!), I even fell in love with the "side" characters that may not always be front-burning. I fell in love with Italy, (Oh, did I fall in love with Italy!), and I totally fell in love with Lisa T. Bergren's writing. The story starts out strong for me when we meet, teenage sisters, Gabriella & Evangelia Betarrini. They've recently lost their father and are now with their mother, who while a little distant, due to being broken over her husband's death, really loves her girls. The sisters invetibly get into some mischief, which ultimately takes them to 14th-century Italy where they are separated and immediately thrown into danger and romance. There's war, intrigue, and we're thrown into the harsh reality of what life was like in this time. But, Ms. Bergren softens all of this up with a romance that totally left me breathless and wanting more. Both sisters must face hard choices and make sacrifices. In just this first installment, alone, I can see the growth of both sisters, as they take their inner fierceness, and wield it into a toughness that is essential to their survival. There are no slow moments in this book. It was one of those reads where I had to MAKE myself put it down...At three in the morning. After finishing just one. More. Chapter. I more than recommend this book. I tell you right now, go out and BUY this book. Tell your friends. Your sisters. Your aunts. EVERYBODY! And I promise you, you'll want to buy the next ones, immediately.show more
by Christy @ Captivated Reading
WOW! What a story! Right from the first page it swept me up and wouldn't let go of me until I finished it ( definitely at the cost of my sleep :) ) Gabi feels like she may actually exist somewhere on this plane, so believable where her reactions and what she did (although she can go over the top ). The author also paid attention to how it is possible Gabi knows so much about the era and how she's able to speak with everyone. In the time travel books I've read so far, not all authors made that part very plausible (which annoys me very much, since I hate it when it's not logical). Lisa T. Bergren gave me the feeling that she actually put herself in the shoes of a 21 century girl who suddenly finds herself in the Middle Ages and the result is wonderful! Marcello is a real knight in shining armor, just as they used to come by in the middle ages Loved reading about him and how he coped with Gabi's 21st century reactions about certain things ^^ I'm also glad to finally read a book where the "lady" doesn't wait for her prince to come to the rescue (although she appreciates it when he does come ;) ) and it was funny to read how Marcello and the man at the castle reacted when they found out about her latest antic. The secondary characters are also very entertaining, like Luca, Marcello's cousin. He's always got a couple of nice remarks ready when Gabi does something strange again. My overall rating of this book couldn't be anything less than 5 stars, it was that good! I even bought the second book right after finishing this one (okay the morning after I finished it, since it was in the middle of the night ), since I just had to know how the story continues and that doesn't happen often. Therefore I sincerely recommend this book to anyone who loves romance, time travel and the Middle Ages!show more
by Iris Geurts
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by htay khaing
I spent all day yesterday listening to this book on CD that I borrowed from the library. What an amazing adventure... time travel back with Gabi and Leah to ancient Italy. The history and fiction of this book blend so well together that you're gripped in awesome drama from the very instant the book starts. Gabi's 17 and she's spent most of her life near archeological digs and absorbing the history first hand whether she intends on learning it or not. Leah is a couple of years younger, she's artistic, a great archer and a little to trusting. Gabi talks Leah into getting a sneak peak at one of the tombs her mother is working on. Inside that tomb on the wall are two hand prints... of course Gabi can't resist touching the one that fit her hand and then talks Leah into touching the other. When both girls touch the prints at the same time they're sent back in time to sixteenth-century Italy. There they encounter to different feuding families and are caught up in a battle of a lifetime for land, fortune and for Gabi LOVE. This is the first book in the River's of Time series. The next book Cascade is due for release in June ... I totally can't wait for its release. I want to read it NOW...LOL. I'm giving this book ♥♥♥♥ out of 5. Its absolutely one I'd recommend if you want to get away for a nice trip back in time!show more
by christy morris
I have to admit from just the back cover I was not sure exactly what kind of sci-fi-ish book i would be reading. But it sucked me and along with them through that ruin, right into thier world. I love it when a book can pull me along like I am there. The cast of characters are great. I always love it when there is a girl character that is tough and does warrier type things and remain feminine. In this modern day world fighting with swords and throwning knifes is not nessacary but I love the thought of being able to. Fabulous book! I can't wait to read about what adventure they take next!show more
by Brandi Red
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