River of Time Blog Tour: Cascade Review

February 9, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Welcome back for another stop on The River of Time Series blog tour. Today you get my review if Cascade, book two in the series. 


Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
Publication Date: June 1, 2011
Pages: 399
Series: The River of Time, book two
Source: e-ARC for blog tour

Spoilers for book one ahead! No spoilers for book two though 🙂

About the Book: Mom touched my underdress—a gown made six hundred years before—and her eyes widened as she rubbed the raw silk between thumb and forefinger. She turned and touched Lia’s gown. “Where did you get these clothes?”

Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead.
But Marcello patiently awaits, and Gabi must decide if she’s willing to leave her family behind for good in order to give her heart to him forever.

My Thoughts: This book picks up right where Waterfall left off. (So make sure you read book one!) Gabi and Lia have just returned to the present day. They are found in the tomb (where they should not be!) and brought to their mom. Eventually Gabi, Lia and Mom return to the tomb and travel back to fourteenth century Italy. I won’t spoil the events that unfold from there!

I really love the history in these books. Everything works together to make such a great atmosphere. I love the descriptions of the clothes, the land, the meals, the buildings, the cities… heck, even the weapons used! I felt immersed in the setting. 

Gabi and Lia are tough ladies! They know how to hold their own when faced with danger. They didn’t sit back and wait to be saved by the male characters. A total plus for the story!!! 

The one thing that held me back a little was the language. Some of the slang that Gabi used felt a bit off and jolted me from the story a few times. I know that she is a modern day girl in the fourteenth century. Obviously she would not be thinking the same way as everyone else. Still, the slang that was used wasn’t anything any of my students would ever use. This could totally be a regional thing. Who knows. You may not even notice it 🙂

This book will have you wishing you could visit the places mentioned. Gabi’s story weaves the history and politics of the place in time in without being boring. A solid follow up to Waterfall!

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