Book Reviews

Waterfall (River of Time #1) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

This was my second time reading Waterfall, but I still enjoyed every bit of it! 

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the decision that something is more important than fear.” 

The main character Gabriella was absolutely amazing. She was brave and intelligent and kind, but not perfect – I actually really enjoyed being inside her head and getting to know her. Bergren does an excellent job keeping things interesting and balancing between Gabi’s thoughts and actions. The love interest, Marcello, was definitely your chivalrous knight in shining armour. I did like him; although, I felt we didn’t get to know him super well. Also, their relationship wasn’t quite as developed as I would have liked. But, hey, there are two more books. So we have time for that.

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“Sometimes the heart tells us to venture where the mind fears to tread.”

The setting was 14th-century Italy and Bergren made it feel quite authentic. It’s clear that she did her research. Her writing was also delightful. It was not flowery, but it was engaging. I felt drawn into the story from the very start and there was no point where I felt like skimming because I was getting bored.     

My greatest qualm, though, is the title. It’s beautiful and compelling, but while reading, I never made a connection. I get that the girls fell into a “river of time” and fell down a “waterfall” into the 14th century, but that was never brought up in the book. 

Lastly, this was a clean read.

“We all have freedom of choice. Over and over again, minute by minute. How will you live your life? For yourself? Or for others? For something good? For love?” 

I definitely recommend this book to those who love an adventure tinged history and romance.  


4 thoughts on “Waterfall (River of Time #1) by Lisa Tawn Bergren”

  1. Oh! I’ve read the first two books and the third one has been sitting on my shelf undisturbed for wayyy too long! I loved the first two. 😀 I may just need to reread them to prep for book 3. Hehehe!

    I also agree about the title, though. I never got it. Beautiful. Gorgeous cover. Compelling idea. Not quite sure where the title came from–though, like I said, I did find it beautiful.

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    1. Interesting. You didn’t like them enough to feel compelled to pick up the third book? Or you just didn’t get around to it?

      I only have the first book. 😛 I’ve read the others, but it’s one of those series that I would love to have completed on my shelf.

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      1. Oh no! I definitely did! But I had to order it online and then life got busy and I didn’t get around to it. Then I forgot about it and now I’m writing it down so I go back and read it finally!! I have the trilogy on my shelf, that’s the worst part 🙈 I don’t remember what happened. I moved and work and who knows what else.

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