Cascade (River of Time #2)
by Lisa T. Bergren
Genre: YA Time travel, historical fiction
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.
"There is always one unexpected moment in life when a door opens to let the future in"
Lisa T. Bergren has a great ability to pull you in easily. At the second page I was sucked in the story again.
I totally dived in the 14th Century. I loved the descriptions, not only the places but the habits, I could totally picture myself walking the streets and palazzos of Siena. And at the same time, I felt related to Gabi and Lia.
It's hard for a 21st century's mind to jump into such a different time.
Love the politics and how alliances and treason unfold through the book.
The plague part, well... it's a historical event I've read about before, but this time I connected truthfully with the facts.
I loved how Lia and Gabi reunite their forces again and that ends in plot with a lot more action. Though their suffering and torture was endless.
About the characters:
Gabi is very suspicious all the time... relax a bit sweety! , on the other hand Marcello is so naive. Mhmmm... that bothered me a little.
Signora Regello is great: so sweet and selfless.
Greco... oh my! he intrigues me, I can see something building up in his mind and maybe his heart, I definitely like him. The brotherhood secret was an interesting turn of events.
I also enjoyed how Lia and Luca's love grew and it was nice to read more about them in this installment.
Lord Paratore is back and worse than ever. If you though he couldn't be more evil... you were wrong.
To sum up: More action, less romance (though, enough), and a surprising twist at the end.